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      Chateau de Rayne Vigneau-Sauternes-Gironde-France-2007-13.5% Alcohol-$24.99-A nose of sweet fruit and spice, medium golden in color. A medium bodied desert wine, with peach, lemon, good acidity and spice on finish.          RP-95          WS-92          CR-90          Good with deserts, fruits, ice cream.          One Cork Bonus.           Vino de la Tierra de Castilla […]

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    Mauritson Wines-Zinfandel-Dry Creek Valley-Sonoma County-California-2014-14.7% Alcohol-$23.95-A nose of some black cherry and some spice, dark garnet in color.  A medium to full bodied red, with black cherry, blueberry, vanilla and spice on finish, very good.          RP-90          WS-92          WE-90          CR-90          Good with ribs, chicken, pasta.          One Cork Bonus.   Marjorie & Stephane Gallet-L’effet Papillon-Grenache […]

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Wine Scholar Guild Update

  8 reasons to study Bordeaux 1. It’s possible to find terroir-driven wines, around $25. Click here to see 5 examples. 2. Bordeaux is France’s largest quality wine region and largest producer of AOC wine. 3. The quality of its vintages drives the fine wine market globally. 4. Bordeaux’s rich history, commercial significance, mercantile mindset, […]

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                     Azienda Orlando Abrigo-Barbaresco-Nebbiolo-Montersino-Italy-2005-14.5% Alcohol-$29.99-A nose of cherry and spices, medium garnet in color.  A medium to full bodied red, with plum, black cherry, smoke and spice on long finish, elegant, drink now.          RP-92          WS-93          CR-91          Good with meats, chicken, pasta.          One Cork Bonus.             Les Vignerons de […]

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    Tenshen Wine-Tenshan-Syrah-Grenache-Mourvedre-Petite Sirah-Merlot-Santa Barbara County-California-2015-15.5% Alcohol-$19.99-A nose of muted dark fruit and some spice, dark purple in color.  A medium to full bodied kitchen sink blend, with black cherry, blueberry, herbs and spice on finish, needs a good decant.          WE-92 (Editors’ Choice)          CR-89          Good with meats, chicken, pasta.       Lionel Faury-Syrah-Saint […]

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            Beaulieu Vineyard-Tapestry-Reserve-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Cabernet Franc-Malbec-Petit Verdot-Napa Valley-California-2008-14.6% Alcohol-$29.99-A nose of dark fruit and spice, dark purple in color. A full bodied kitchen sink blend, with blackberry, currants, dark chocolate with licorice and spice notes.  In a good drinking zone, drink now.           RP-89           WS-91           CR-91           Good with steak, chicken, pasta.          One Cork Bonus.   […]

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    Pierre Gaillard-Syrah-Shiraz-Crozes-Hermitage-Rhone-France-2012-12.0% Alcohol-$14.00-A nose of some dark fruit and some spice, medium garnet in color.  A medium to full bodied Rhone blend with plum, licorice and spice on finish, a good value.           RP-90          CR-88          Good with meats, chicken, pasta.                              Cameron Hughes Wine-Lot 530-Syrah-Grenache-Santa Ynez Valley-Santa Barbara-California-2014-14.4% Alcohol-$11.90-A nose of […]

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                         Daou Vineyards-Pessimist-Syrah- Zinfandel-Petite Sirah- Paso Robles-California-2016-15.2% Alcohol-$16.99-A nose of dark fruit and funk, dark purple in color.  A medium to full bodied kitchen sink red blend, with blackberry, cassis, chocolate and spice on finish, some heat, decant so funk blows off.          RP-92          CR-87          Good with meats, chicken, pasta.   Quinsin-Larent Dublanc-Syrah-Grenache-Mourvedre-Cotes Du […]

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Wine Scholar Guild Update

Decanter Magazine’s Andrew Jefford describes the diversity of the Languedoc-Roussillon region’s appellations, geography, and wine styles. Andrew is a Languedoc-Roussillon resident, a webinar presenter for the guild, and an immersion trip leader. His enthusiasm for the region and its wines is as contagious as his expertise is vast. “You have to be a bit crazy […]

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CORKSCREWs REVIEWs

    Lava Vine Vineyards-Pinot Noir-Sta. Rita Hills-California-2014-14.2% Alcohol-$36.00-A nose of some cherry and spice, medium garnet in color.  A medium to full bodied red, with black cherry, raspberry, some cola and spice on finish, good not great.          NR          CR-88          Good with meats, chicken, pasta.    Les Vignerons de Tautavel Vingrau-Les Cirque-Rouge-Grenache-Carignan-Syrah-Cotes Catalanes-France-2014-14.5% Alcohol-$14.99-A nose […]

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