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Wine Review: 2010 Crew Wine Company Matchbook California Rose Tempranillo

This is a Rose made from Tempranillo grown in a warm climate on a low mountain range in the Dunnigan Hills AVA in Yolo County. Matchbook started in 2001 when they found an abandoned sheep ranch and decided to make a go at a winery. The location was perfect for grape growing with its rocky, […]

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Posted in 90+ under $20, Best Value Wines, California, Tempranillo, Wine Reviews2 Comments

Wine Review: 2011 Picnic Wine Co. “Blue Plate” Clarksburg California Chenin Blanc

This is the absolute essence of what Chenin blanc should be—racy with a core of minerality. I wasn’t familiar with this producer until I wrote about another great Chenin blanc from Dry Creek. Through some dialog on the post, I met one of the founders of Picnic Wine Company, Zach Bryant, and he graciously offered […]

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Posted in Best Value Wines, California, Other Whites, Wine Reviews4 Comments

2009 McKinley Springs “Bombing Range Red” Horse Heaven Hills Washington Red Blend

This winery has been flying under our radar and we need to broadcast their presence loud and clear. I am really not one for being influenced by label art but this one will catch your eye and then when you hear the story it brings you in. Read the back label and you’ll know what […]

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Posted in Best Value Wines, Other Reds, Washington, Wine Reviews2 Comments

2010 Plantagenet Omrah Western Australia Chardonnay

This is a cool-climate Chardonnay from the Mount Barker township, a sub-district of the Great Southern region in Western Australia. Unoaked, this Chardonnay has zesty citrus, almond and pear notes with hints of grassy lemon-lime flavors leading to a clean mineral finish. For the price, it can’t be beat—excellent quality-to-price ratio. It pairs well with […]

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Posted in 90+ under $20, Australia, Best Value Wines, Chardonnay, White Wine, Wine Reviews2 Comments

Hahn Winery Offers Quality at a Great Price

Hahn winery has been producing wine for decades in California’s central coast. In German, “Hahn” means “Rooster” and for this reason a rooster embellishes the Hahn Winery label, honoring the Hahn family’s European heritage. Here are a few value wines I recently tasted which are worth finding at your local store: 2010 Hahn Monterey Pinot […]

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Posted in Best Value Wines, California, Chardonnay, Other Reds, Pinot Noir, Wine Reviews3 Comments

2011 Brancott New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

This part of New Zealand in the Brancott Estate range has a reputation for producing consistent quality and this wine resembles that remark at a price that cannot be beat. You will love the fresh and elegant non-oaked style this Sauvignon blanc has to offer—zesty lemon and grapefruit with hints of peach and a touch […]

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Posted in Best Value Wines, New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc, White Wine, Wine Reviews8 Comments

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