Kirkland Chateauneuf du Pape 2012

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The Vintage Wine Tasters offer three wine reviews for this week. We begin with the Kirkland Chateauneuf du Pape. The 2011 was a big hit last year and sold out within a few weeks at all Costco stores. Will it be the same this year? Kirkland … [Continue reading]

William Hill North Coast Chardonnay

Josh Cellars

This past week was quite a wine bonanza for us. We were invited by a friend of Vintage Taster Mike’s to visit the historic Hanzell Vineyards winery high above Sonoma Valley. Mike’s friend is a wine club member at Hanzell and we were treated to a … [Continue reading]

Charles & Charles Post No 35

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This week we have a huge announcement to make. In 2003 Janelle and I launched WineCountryGetaways.com. It’s a Website that is all about California wine regions and our travels throughout the wine country "In search of wine, food and other … [Continue reading]

Wines from Cariñena

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Wines from Cariñena wine region of Spain Have you heard of the D.O. (Denominacion de Origen ) Cariñena?  It is a very small wine region in the northeastern corner of Spain. The closest big city is Zaragosa. There are only 29 wineries in this … [Continue reading]

Patassy Pinot Noir 2010 – Deal!

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I was surprised to find this wine at the extraordinary price of $6.99 a bottle at the Redwood City Grocery Outlet. The Patassy Pinot Noir is 100% Pinot Noir from the Green Valley AVA, a sub AVA of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County. Sadly, I … [Continue reading]

Coppola Sofia Rosé

coppola sofia rose

This post, Vintage Wine Taster Ray weighs in with his thoughts on the ever popular Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Rosé. We also have a delicious Pinot Gris to highly recommend for outdoor dining and entertaining. From the folks at Cabot Cheese, we have … [Continue reading]

May is Sparkling wine time

2009 Zaca Mesa Cuvee

The month of May means graduations, engagements, weddings, Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, First Communions and more. It is time to stock up on bubbly wine: Champagne, Cremants, Cava, Prosecco, and good old California sparkling wine. Sparkling … [Continue reading]

Curvare 2010 Merlot – A Sideways worthy Merlot

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Before we get to the wine reviews, I want to mention that we attended a very educational wine tasting event at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio of San Francisco this past Sunday. The tasting event was the 7th annual TAPAS (Tempranillo Advocates, … [Continue reading]

Tres Picos Garnacha 2011 tops blind wine tasting

Garnacha vine - Mas Doix Vineyards in Priorat

On Tuesday, the Vintage Wine Tasters met for their bimonthly blind wine tasting event. For this meeting the theme was the Garnacha grape. Vintage Wine Taster Ray hosted the tasting and the lunch that followed. In France and elsewhere in the world, … [Continue reading]

Miraflores Zinfandel 2010- Great Value

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In this wine review, we recommend two wines found at Costco and one terrific Zinfandel we purchased at the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. Miraflores Zinfandel 2010 $13.99 - Bottle Barn A few of years back we visited Miraflores. It's located in the … [Continue reading]