Archive for the ‘Wine’ Category

Best Under $10 Sauvignon Blanc :: Redux

I put together my first Best “Under $10” Sauvignon Blancs back in February when I thought I was at the end of the line. Since then I’ve managed to find a few more so it is probably worth redoing the list. In looking back I see that I neglected to review one that I really enjoyed – TerraNoble’s 2010 […]


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Pinot & Popcorn :: Sterling 2008 and Castle Rock 2009

After being on hiatus for the last several weeks, Pinot & Popcorn returned this past weekend and to our surprise we hit some really nice Pinot Noir: Sterling Vineyards’ 2008 Central Coast and Castle Rock’s  2009 California Cuvée. Perhaps we’re on a “hot” streak now that the “pretenders” are out of the way. Of the […]


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Bolla Pinot Grigio Venezie IGT 2009

Once again I beleive I’ve come to the end of the “under $10” Sauvignon Blanc wines available in my area. While I’ll revise my initial “liked best” list in that price range, I’m moving on to “under $10” Pinot Grigio since it fits my style better than Chardonnay. This weeks selection is Bolla’s 2009 Pinot Grigio Venezie […]


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Quick Sips :: 9 Côtes du Rhône Style Wines

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending another great wine tasting this time at Windham Wines in Brattleboro, VT. Sheila McGovern of Vineyard Brands presented 9 Côtes du Rhône style wines produced by Perrin & Fils including La Ville Feme, Tablas Creek, and Chateau de Beaucastle. From my readings, Côtes du Rhône style reds […]


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Pinot & Popcorn :: Cono Sur Bicycle 2009 and Matua Valley 2008

While our selection of  wine hasn’t been the best, it is obvious that my friend and I enjoy different styles of Pinot Noir. Compared to other reds, Pinot Noirs are generally lighter in color, texture and tannins than say a red Zinfandel. But even within the Pinot Noir category there is a fair amount of […]


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Bogle Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2009

I’m hoping that all this white wine tasting will pay off big time as spring moves into summer. I have visions of myself sitting with good friends on a Friday evening enjoying a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc and soaking up the end of a grand New England summer day. Perhaps Bogle Vineyards’ 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, this weeks […]


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Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Time to turn the page, as it were, for Sauvignon Blancs originating in the southern hemisphere. With the 2011 vintage in production, the 2009’s from the lower half of the globe are getting harder and harder to find regardless of price point. To kick off the southern 2010’s, this week’s “under $10” pick is Santa […]


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Pinot & Popcorn :: Kris 2009 and Sensi 2009

While the company and movie are usually good, the wine selection hasn’t been great. This week I opted to check out two 2009 vintage Italian Pinot Noirs that were on sale at our local state liquor store. Both were under $13 on sale. Of the two the Sensi was better, but that’s not saying a […]


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Quick Sips :: Fast Thoughts on 10 Wines

Usually I write about a single wine at a time and score them as I like (or dislike) them. However, I’m a bit back-logged mainly due to a monthly tasting at a wine club I belong to and our Final Four party. So, rather than write at length about all 10 wines, here’s a quick […]


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Rivarey Tempranillo Rioja Crianza 2006

So what’s a newish wine lover to do when repeatedly confronted with Tempranillo based wines? Go with the flow, which is usually what I do when I find myself unintentionally in a trend. After all, there must be a reason for it, right? My first exposure to this came as a wine shop sample – dark, rich […]


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