Alexander Valley – Seeking Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah Bottles of Wine

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From Rhone Style to Dry Italians To California New World Bottles of Wine From the Rhone Valley to Italy and all the way back to the New World wines of California, our recent trip through Alexander Valley  enabled us to sample bottles of wine from three very different perspectives. Immediately west of California’s Sonoma Valley […]

Stuck in Lodi Again – Looking for Great Zinfandel Bottles of Wine

The Center of the Universe For Zinfandel Bottles of Wine We always sing the praises of Lodi as the center of the Zinfandel wine universe. If you are looking for an interesting place to try new wines, make your way to this central valley farming town. It’s not the prettiest place, it’s not the coolest […]

Complancency and a Great California Bottle of Wine

Complacency comes easily for Californians who may easily find a good bottle of wine. On a recent boat trip through Mississippi and Arkansas, the difference between the wine haves and the have-nots was abundantly clear. In Mississippi liquor and wine are sold in ‘package stores’ selling only alcohol. Visiting big-box retailers like Wal-Mart, you can […]

Bottle of Wine Club With a Twist At Orange Coast Winery

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Oh, the joy of seeking out a good bottle of wine. Orange Coast Winery wine club has a new twist on the wine club concept and we tested it for the first time on a recent Friday night. Most wineries won’t empower you to choose wine for your shipment. Instead, they’ll ship a collection of […]

Old World Bottle of Wine – Primitivo At An Old World Price

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A five dollar bottle of wine that is good, and interesting, is a spectacular find. We’ve written about such a bottle from Trader Joe’s, Nero d’Avola, a five dollar bottle. They also sell a Primitivo for the same price. Primitivo is a dark skinned grape from the southern part of Italy, known in the U.S. […]

A Bottle of Wine From Lodi – The Zinfandel Wine Treasure of California’s Central Valley

While we enjoy a bottle of wine from Lodi, a major zinfandel producing region (plus a lot of other wines labeled as ‘Californian’), we’ve not  posted anything about the region. A friend of ours on the way to taste Lodi wine requested recommendations for tasting the area, and I gave her a list of our […]

Critter Wine Worth The Taste – Rabbit Ridge of Paso Robles

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Over the years former Wall Street Journal columnists John Brecher and Dorothy Gaiter lamented wineries choosing animals for their wine bottle labels. They labeled them ‘Critter Wines.’   As you can see by their recent Facebook quip (quoted here)  they still are not big fans of ‘Critter Wines.’ “Critter wines! Noooooooooooo. We thought maybe we’d put […]