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An Easily Bearable Bordeaux: Chateau Malescasse, Haut-Médoc, 2009

Last week, a 2009 Bordeaux pissed us off.  In desperation, only food could tame its barking tannins.  But this week, we flip the script and flip the river bank.  We have a Left Bank, Haut-Médoc: famed for Cabernet blends and alluvial soils.

Ready your glass and soul for a Bordeaux that pleases right out of the gate (hopefully): Continue reading

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A Paso Robles Right Bank Wine-Off Daou vs Justin

With our house a block of ice, I turn to southern climes for sunnier respite. This manic Monday’s glass travels to Paso Robles AVA: California’s hot hills of heritage Zinfandel vines and huge Syrah wines. Continue reading

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Gaja For The Rest of Us: Ca’Marcanda Promis 2013 Bolgheri Tuscany Italy

Winter closes in. For sad psychological reasons, I now don jackets or sweaters to enjoy chilled whites. I suppose a red will not hurt. Also, we have guests and pizza for dinner. So, a modern Italian seems apt. I rummage around in my crawl space. Why not open an $100 Chianti? Erm….no.

I have lost all grip on reality. My job allows me to try and collect fancy, expensive things. The cost to retail has become my reference point. A wine that costs a shop $25 ends up $33 to $40 on the shelf for the unwashed masses. So all I remember is that I spent $25. Or worse, I was given it. Continue reading

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Thirsty Thursday Wine Review Marco Abella, Mas Mallola, Priorat, Spain 2008

For tonight’s Halloween entertainment, we chose 1965’s The Creeping Terror:

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Just imagine, some gaffer forgot to turn on the mic for 80% of the film. Thus, dull narration lays over scenes like a wet blanket, telling us “and then Martin said he was worried and asked to open the door, which he did”, followed by a jump cut shag carpet crawling for hours across a field. Terror.

Drinking is the only answer. Continue reading

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P2 Day Tour Howell Mountain Napa Valley Spire Wine Collection

Let us continue our completely undeserved tour of Napa Valley’s Spire Collection: Kendall Jackson’s cream of the buttercream of the creme fraiche of the crop. A Monday or so ago, Wayward Wine posted our morning visit and ridiculous picnic at Mt Veeder in Napa’s Southwest (read here).

Plump on mountain Malbec, local cheeses and charcuterie, we pop back into the company Mercedes and roll North across the valley. Continue reading

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