Two excellent sparkling wines under $15

Gruet Rose

It's the summer season, with outdoor entertaining at its peak. What better way to enjoy the outdoors than with some dazzling sparkling wine in the value category? In this week's wine bargain article, we review two excellent sparkling wines under $15.   Gruet Brut Rosé  - Safeway $12.59 … [Continue reading]

Peña Roble Crianza 2006 – $4.99, 88 Points

100% Tempranillo from Ribera Del Duero

Peña Roble Crianza 2006 - $4.99 at the Grocery Outlet Reviewed by Vintage Wine Taster Mike The Peña Roble Crianza is produced by Bodegas Resalte de Penafiel in the D.O.(Denominaciones de Origen) Ribera Del Duero. It is 100% Tempranillo that has been aged for 12 months in oak. The vintage is … [Continue reading]

Montes Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Montes Cabernet Sauvignon

Montes Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Classic Series - Costco $6.99 Wow! That's the best way to start my review of the Montes Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Classic Series. I purchased this wine at the Foster City Costco for $6.99. After July 31, the price jumps … [Continue reading]

Nonno’s Rosso by Seghesio $10

Nonno's Rosso

Nonno's Rosso by Seghesio - $10 at the Geary Street Grocery Outlet Review by Vintage Wine Taster Mike B The Nonno's Rosso Red Wine is produced by Seghesio Family Vineyards. Seghesio is the winery that put Zinfandel from Sonoma County on the map. … [Continue reading]

Why Fumé Blanc for Sauvignon Blanc?

fume blanc

Why Fumé Blanc for Sauvignon Blanc? Why do some wines that are made with Sauvignon Blanc grapes have Fumé Blanc on the label? The reason: a marketing ploy created by Robert Mondavi back in 1966. This is a direct quote from Julia Flynn Siler's book, … [Continue reading]

Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc – “Old Reliable” $10.79

Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc

Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc 2014 at Safeway - $10.79 at the six-pack price The Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc is the flagship wine for Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery in the Dry Creek Valley. It is their bread and butter wine, they make a ton, and … [Continue reading]