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Hop Kiln Winery, Sonoma County

February 2, 2011

We went to Hop Kiln on a quest for more late harvest zinfandel after the thrilling half-bottle that our good friend, Chris, brought to our Dungeness crab massacre, oh, I mean dinner party over the holidays. Then, in January, we saw him at another party. That time he brought a bottle of 1995 Hop Kiln […]

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1998 Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Chantemerle Vielles Vignes

January 26, 2011

I am so excited about this wine! First off, it’s Châteauneuf du Pape, my favorite kind of French wine. Next, I managed to find this older bottle in magnum. That’s thrilling and rather grand at a party. Turns out that CdP is my father’s favorite French wine, too. Finally, the night that we opened this […]

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2009 Domaine La Ferme Saint-Martin Beaumes-de-Venise Les Terres Jaunes

January 12, 2011

We didn’t know anything about Domaine La Ferme Saint-Martin when we tried this lovely Southern Rhône red. A family business since the mid-1950’s, they became certified organic in 2002. I’m not sure what difference that makes in terms of quality, but it sure works for Guy and Thomas Jullien, the father-and-son team, and this excellent […]

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2009 Domaine Paul Autard Côtes du Rhône

January 5, 2011

This is another of those Côtes du Rhône with a flashy label that drew me to the bottle like a bee to honey. When I first brought it home, Hegui exclaimed, “I’m enchanted with the label.” Also, I’d tried the 2005 Domaine Paul Autard Châteauneuf-du-Pape rouge “La Côte Ronde” on a few occasions so I […]

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2009 Les Halos de Jupiter Costières de Nîmes

December 29, 2010

I was immediately drawn to this inexpensive and very enjoyable wine because of its label. As you can see, it has an image of the planet Jupiter and some lovely designs that completely captivated my imagination. I got this with a bottle of 2007 Les Haloes de Jupiter Vacqueyras, which I’ve cellared for now. The […]

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2009 Domaine de Cristia Côtes du Rhône rouge

December 22, 2010

We tried the 2007 Domaine de Cristia Côtes du Rhône in our home tasting last year, at which time we concluded that this 100% Grenache wine was “good” and worth pursuing. I guess that other people felt the same because it disappeared after only a few weeks from the shelves of my local wine shop. […]

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2009 Mas de Libian Côtes du Rhône Bout d’Zan

December 15, 2010

I’ve been on the hunt for inexpensive, flavorful 2009 Rhône wines as of late. I keep hearing that this is an excellent vintage and already we’ve been delighted with the St. Cosme Côtes du Rhône, Domaine de la Becassone Côtes du Rhône blanc and the Domaine des Escaravailles Côtes du Rhône “Les Sablières.” Since you […]

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2009 Domaine les Grands Bois Côtes du Rhône Cuvée les Trios Sœurs

December 15, 2010

This is another inexpensive Côtes du Rhône. 2009 is rumored to be a good to great vintage, so I’m bottom feeding for inexpensive, exciting wines to stock up on for the winter, like a squirrel for nuts. I tried learning more about Domaine les Grands Bois and owners, Marc and Mireille Besnardeau from Google. It […]

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2009 Domaine des Escaravailles Côtes du Rhône “Les Sablières”

December 15, 2010

I’ve always been attracted to this wine. In general, I really enjoy drinking Rhône and I’m not ashamed to hunt for a bargain. Next, I’ve been reading that the 2009 vintage is a good to great one. Finally, the label has an insect on it! Who in their right mind (perhaps besides someone from Santa […]

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Unti Vineyards, Sonoma County

August 30, 2010

I’ve been wanting to try the wines at Unti for ages now! We finally got our chance the other day while visiting Dry Creek Valley near Healdsburg in Sonoma County. It was worth the wait, as this is a must go-to for fine wine. Turns out, you’re supposed to have an appointment for the tasting. […]

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