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  • Jim56 - Saint Paul, MN (read all my reviews)

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    (1/21/2012)
    Terra d'Oro Zinfandel Port
    $24.00 $18.99
    Save $5.01 (21%)
    Pair with: Chocolate
    This isn’t a real Port since it is made from Zinfandel grapes in California. A proper Port is produced in Portugal from native grapes and would have a bolder and more intense flavor. However; if you haven’t yet tried a Fortified Wine and you enjoy a robust red wine then this one might be for you. I will definitely purchase Terra d’Oro Port again and serve it to friends who might not enjoy a bolder Port, Sherry or Madeira.
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  • Jim56 - Saint Paul, MN (read all my reviews)

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    (12/23/2011)
    Lillet White
    Sold Out $16.99
    Stir this into Hendricks Gin then squeeze a lemon peel over your glass for the best martini that you will ever taste. - - Lillet is the preferred Vermouth of both James Bond and Hannibal Lecter; so how could you go wrong??
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  • Jim56 - Saint Paul, MN (read all my reviews)

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    (11/26/2011)
    Dios Baco Amontillado
    $21.99
    This Amontillado was simply the best beverage that I have ever tasted. Granted, I am no wine connoisseur and I am too cheap for vintage liquor, but this stuff was amazing. ---By the way, why do people write reviews complaining that sherry tastes like sherry? Sherry is supposed to be heavier and have a more concentrated flavor than wine; even light, dry sherry's are full of flavor. In my opinion,fortified wines are more enjoyable when they are sipped in small quantities like whiskey as opposed to drinking them like wine; the flavors and aromas are less overpowering that way.
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  • Jim56 - Saint Paul, MN (read all my reviews)

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    (11/26/2011)
    Dios Baco Baco Fino
    Sold Out $15.99
    I liked this Sherry but my guests didn't. I would suggest that you try a different style if you haven't tasted any Sherry's yet. Try a full bodied Amontillado or Oroloso instead of a lighter Fino for your first Sherry. ---The taste of this Fino actually improves while sitting in the fridge for a week, however.
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  • Jim56 - Saint Paul, MN (read all my reviews)

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    (8/2/2011)
    Pacific Rim Riesling 2009
    Sold Out $8.99
    2012 vintage available for $10.99
    Style: Light & Crisp
    This wine was very lightly flavored with a slightly tangy aftertaste. I served it with paella and was hoping for more flavor and aroma than it could give me. I enjoyed it, but wouldn’t have given it the 92 rating that it received.-- Don’t think me too critical because you will love it if you like a lightly flavored drink. And I have certainly drunk far worse Rieslings in my life. So, three stars for the average taste plus one extra star for the excellent price.
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  • Jim56 - Saint Paul, MN (read all my reviews)

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    (7/24/2011)
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009
    Sold Out $18.99
    2013 vintage available for $18.99
    This is a good wine for the price. However, I would rate it in the high 80’s rather than the 90 score that it received, but I am an amateur so what do I know? The flavor definitely changes as it warms. This wine has a nice tangy aftertaste when cold, but a bit alcoholic when it warms up, so keep it cold.--- It paired well with fish though.
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  • Jim56 - Saint Paul, MN (read all my reviews)

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    (7/24/2011)
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2007
    Sold Out $24.97
    2011 vintage available for $15.99
    Pair with: Lamb, Cheese
    The flavor of this Merlot wasn’t very interesting when I first took it out of the fridge and opened it. However, the flavor really improved after 20 minutes and after the temperature increased to about 68 degrees. It paired perfectly with a lamb and feta cheese dish that I made.
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  • Jim56 - Saint Paul, MN (read all my reviews)

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    (7/3/2011)
    Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Port
    $22.99
    Pair with: Cheese > Blue, Chocolate
    This is the most flavorful beverage that I ever had. It’s fruity, spicy, flowery and earthy all at once—both in the taste and in the aroma. Very, very delicious! It also had the advantage of being still enjoyable after a month in the fridge; and of not having to be decanted.-- But here’s a caution for you wine drinkers that haven’t had fortified wine; the flavor is very intense and very sweet! Don’t expect port to be like wine; it should be slowly sipped and savored to be fully enjoyed.
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  • Jim56 - Saint Paul, MN (read all my reviews)

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    (7/3/2011)
    Osborne Amontillado Sherry
    Sold Out $10.99
    Pair with: Cheese > Cheddar
    I have never had a bad sherry; however this one was only average. It had a slightly harsher flavor and was less aromatic than other’s that I’ve had. Also, didn’t stay fresh as long as other Sherries and Ports after opening.
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  • Jim56 - Saint Paul, MN (read all my reviews)

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    (5/31/2011)
    Freixenet Sparkling Cordon Negro Brut Cava
    $12.00 $9.99
    Save $2.01 (17%)
    • bubbly, sparkling & champagne
    • WS87
    Pleasant and smooth Cava. Very similar to Cristalino Brut, at least to my amateur pallet, but slightly more expensive.
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