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    (9/27/2010)
    Tiefenbrunner Pinot Bianco 2008
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    2013 vintage available for $16.99
    I'm not a fan of Pinot Blanc (or pinot bianco), it tends to be uninteresting, flabby and...well, not worth it. But this is a key wine from the Alto-Adige region, showing off the beautiful whites that are produced there--and why that region may be the best white wine region in the world (debatable, obviously). Beautiful nose full of fruits (peaches and apricots mostly) and a powerful palate for a white wine--smooth, creamy and full. Love it. If you're wondering what to pair it with--go traditional with cured meats from the region and reach, Austrian influenced stews--or think of it as you would a Chardonnay (pork, chicken, fatty fishes).
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    (9/27/2010)
    Creta Roble 2006
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    2011 vintage available for $14.99
    Text-book good tempranillo; lots of nice fruit backed by nice undertones of earthiness. This is light enough to go with most foods, but hearty enough to be drunk by itself as a a rich, bone-warming red wine.
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    (9/27/2010)
    Finca Allende  2004
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    2007 vintage available for $29.99
    • red wine
    • RP90
    • ST90
    • WS90
    (2)
    Especially this one. Elegant, refined, well structured, beautiful cherry and raspberry notes with a touch of cedar and spice notes. Just really fing good, if you'll excuse me. GREAT 'table' wine in that it goes with a wide variety of food. Served it with a slightly spicy Spanish stew (chorizo, saffron, beef, bacon, pimento, wine) which worked well...but would be great with many other foods.
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    (9/27/2010)
    Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2009
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    2013 vintage available for $19.99
    Very interesting yet classic kiwi marlborough sauvignon blanc. Great tropical fruit notes, back by clean mineral qualities and those pleasant 'green' notes. Love it.
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    (9/27/2010)
    Rotari Brut
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    • bubbly, sparkling & champagne
    • WE89
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    I love bubbly, therefore I can be hyper-critical of the stuff (hate certain pricey orange-label ones). But because I love it so, I'm always looking for a value. This sparkling from Italy is WONDERFUL. It's done in the traditional manner (secondary bottle fermentation, resting on lees) therefore the yeasty qualities come through as well as beautiful bubbles and wonderful crisp flavors. I've served this, people asking which Champagne House (always the best question to answer when serving bubbly).
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    (9/26/2010)
    Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz 2007
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    2012 vintage available for $21.99
    Maybe my favorite Australian Shiraz under $25? Certainly up there. Typical Aussie fruit of over-ripe cherries and plums, but balanced beautifully with clean acidity and gentle handling. Great with food or as a sipping wine.
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    (9/26/2010)
    Tikal Patriota 2007
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    2012 vintage available for $19.99
    so the reviews and descriptors of this wine are right on--fruit (particularly of the cherry variety) with a dark chocolate finish. but when we say dark chocolate we mean 100% cocoa, probably too bitter finish; like over done coffee beans. And because of this it's really hard to pair with food besides something lush like prime rib or leg of lamb. Most of us do not eat these sort of things every day, therefore this would probably best be described as a 'cigar' wine and even then the bitter finish may be too much. Mind you, this is coming from a gal that likes her IPAs full of cascade & amarillo hops...
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    (9/25/2010)
    Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence Rouge 2007
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    $19.99
    First a side statement: I used this wine during an educational talk on wine and many of the participants (the non wine professionals) enjoyed it. Especially with the food. Therefore if you like wine that has what one might describe as an 'old world' flavor, this might be worth the try. I just think it's too expensive for bad wine. What I, and the other wine professionals (winemakers) in our group, noticed was that this wine is bursting with brettanomyces (for those not in the know this a destructive yeast that can infect wineries for years and years). The aromas are of strong, dirty mushrooms and barnyard with a slight hint of fruit. The palate picks up a sweet/sour flavor backed by tannins that completely fall apart on the end, giving a 'dirty' mouth feel. The main problem with brett--because a lot of people do like the 'off' flavors produced by it (barnyard, mushroom, dirt), is that it ruins the wine. The gritty tannins on the finish here indicate that this wine is rapidly falling apart. If you happen to have some in your wine reserve--drink it quick! Or take it to a party....
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    (9/25/2010)
    R Wines Bitch Bubbly
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    $14.99
    • bubbly, sparkling & champagne
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    Bitch Bubbly (or should it be Bubbly Bitch)? wine is not quite what I expected. I like the labels (and the wine) these guys are putting out, so I was expecting a more classic sparkling rose'...instead it's kind of like 'grandma's wine'. A tad sweet. Sparkling blush is what it is--but that's okay! no off-flavors, really pretty aromas of fresh strawberries and raspberries...palate is clean and refreshing. Just sweeter than I tend to like in my bubbles, personally. Still very fun--great wine for any kind of girly function--bridal shower et al.
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    (9/24/2010)
    Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
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    2012 vintage available for $9.99
    Intense blueberry flavors matched with a strong smokey backbone. Nothing fancy or complex here, but nice with rich stews, bbq beef and a good one for burgers.
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