And so it begins, with the Wine Enthusiast the first to publish the top 100 wines of 2014. The latest issue contains the Top 100 Best Buys of 2014. It is also available for download free for anyone. I like that concept and congratulate Wine Enthusiast for making this available for bargains wine hunters. I went through the list and found many that I have seen at local wine shops and supermarkets. In the Wine Enthusiast photo, the three wines can be found locally. The Aveleda is at K&L Wines, The Bogle at Trader Joe’s, and the Charles & Charles Rosé is at the Safeway.
Safeway 30% Off Sale is on
Returning from our trip to France we were restocking our kitchen groceries and were quite happy to see that the Safeway is having their 30%-off-all-wine sale from now until November 16. By purchasing a six pack or more, one gets an additional 10% off. I found several wines on sale for less than you can purchase anywhere, including Costco.
Exquisite Wine Tours – Napa Valley, Spain, Tuscany and more
The Summers Charbono is a favorite of ours and sells at the winery for $34. That’s half off at the Safeway! The Gruet sparkling wines are terrific, especially the Blanc De Noirs. You will find them in S.F. Bay Area selling on average for $16. The Charles & Charles Rosé is on the Wine Enthusiast Top Bargain Wines of 2014 and a steal at $7.55. I also like the Carol Shelton Rosé, selling for $9.44. I purchased a mixed case of wines, several of which I had not tried before. Last evening we opended the Daou 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. Daou is a top winery in Paso Robles, specializing on Bordeaux varietals. This wine sells at K&L Wines for $21.99. The Daou Cabernet received a 90-Point rating from Robert Parker. The blend on this wine is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. This is a delicious Cabernet, well balanced and very soft on the palate. It is quite an enjoyable wine, and I also give it 90 Points. I will certainly buy more of this wine at $17.99. Where can you buy a 90-Point Cabernet Sauvignon for less than $20?
William Shatner’s ‘Brown Bag Wine Tasting’
This series is very funny and it so great to see wine “speak done” in this style. If you don’t see the video click here.