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  • Maybe they had wanted to use Meritage (also OK in this instance as a generic term) but were afraid of that shortsighted Napa-ish consortium that tried to control the term and its use a decade or two ago. I think your guess about two-is-better-than-one marketing terminology coverage is very likely.Claret was generally the term used from hundreds ... Read More

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  • Spinning this discussion out from another thread.To start with, here is a report, with queries, from one of our regulars: Reply by EMark, 2 hours ago.OK, here's an everything-but-the-kitchen sink wine:Get a load of this (from the back label)76% Cabernet Sauvignon8% Syrah5% Petit Verdot3% Cabernet Franc3% Malbec3% Merlot2% Petite SirahAlso, the f... Read More

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  • I don't know that I have a "favorite" <$20 CS, but as an exercise I visited the Total Wines web site and qureied for California Cabernet Sauvignons.  They have 277 entries for less than $20.   Among this group, I would have no problem enjoying:Newton ClaretCourtney Benham NapaMerryvale StarmontFolie a Deux AlexanderSterling NapaChateau St. Jean ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • Whats your favorite penny saving cab and WHY?!  :)To make it easier, feel free to follow this format! Name: Belle AmbiencePrice (roughly): $9Why: Deep fruity notes of red berries, cherries and  a little vanilla dolce at the end. A perfect way to wind down and relax in the evening after a long hard day at work. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • People are not going to like what I have to say here, but that is okay, this is not a popularity contest. I do not write about wine to gather as many friends or followers as possible. I write about wine because I love wine and while I know my palate sometimes strays outside of the mainstream, so be it. I know many other people share my tastes or... Read More

    From the article The Cipher of Bordeaux Blends


  • I am finally catching up on compiliing my notes and reviews from this whole year.  A good friend of mine asked me, as he picked me up on New Year's Eve from the airport as I was returning from Napa, if I wanted to go to Sonoma in February.  He was planning to kidnap his girlfriend (another good friend of mine) for her birthday over Valentine's w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sonoma Trip Feb 2011


  • After visiting Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains earlier this year, I came away impressed by a few wines not named Monte Bello. One was their Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, nicknamed the "little monte bello".  I had my second bottle of this yesterday, and was very impressed yet again.  It got me thinking, what other distinguished Bordeaux Blends are... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best Bordeaux Blends under $40


  • Yes, that is really me in the profile pic. P90X!Anyway, I just found out that I like wine. Who knew? I like Cabs the most. Drop me a note and say HI! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cabs RULE!


  • ‘Hey, I’m hearing great things about the Finger Lakes,’ spoken by the collective ‘they.’ Sure, I’d tasted a bottle of Konstantin Frank or two, but embarrassingly had never visited. Summer heat finally drove me to the car, down past the paper trail of Scranton, PA’s ‘The Office,’ north bound to Ithaca, the tail of Cayuga Lake, where all the smart... Read More

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  • Would definitely be interested in hearing what people think are the best wineries, and wines, in the Okanagan. Hopefully with an explanation why. Have a good friend going for an extended stay, based in Kelowna, in a month or so, and it'd be nice to be able to offer some pointers. She and her husband drink a lot of New Zealand sauvignon blanc,... Read More

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