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Wine:  Castoro Cellars Reserve Viognier 2012; Castoro Cellars Reserve East meets West (Syrah) 2012 Vintage: Viognier 2012; East meets West 2012 Alcohol percentage: Viognier – 13.5%; East meets West – 14.5% Found at: The California Wine Club www.cawineclub.com It’s been a late spring in my neck of the woods.  We kept our woodstove stoked until mid-April, and typically my husband … [Read more...]

Review: Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon

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Who: Excelsior What: Cabernet Sauvignon (14.5%) Where: South Africa When: 2011 Why: Because there’s a horsey on the label. So, here in the good old U.S. of A, there is one certain sports weekend dubbed “the greatest two minutes in sports.” (And no, it is NOT the two minutes when the Cleveland Indians are playing baseball well. There, I’ve put it out on the table.) Nope, … [Read more...]

Review: Avelina Lucca and Pinot Grigio

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Wine:  Avelina Lucca Santa Barbara County, Avelina Pinot Grigio Santa Barbara County Vintage: Lucca - 2011; Pinot Grigio - 2012 Alcohol percentage: Lucca – 13.9%;  Pinot Grigio – 13.5% Found at: The California Wine Club   I have thought a lot about it.  I think I would trade my left arm to be a stay at home mom. Before you get all offended, let me say this:  I … [Read more...]

Review: Vinum Cellars Pinot Noir and Zinfandel

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Wine:  Vinum Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir; Vinum Cellars 2012 Zinfandel Vintage: Pinot Noir – 2012; Zinfandel - 2012 Alcohol percentage: Pinot Noir -13.5%; Zinfandel – 13.5% Found at: The California Wine Club Goodbye March, I was not a fan!  I started the month with emergency eye surgery and ended the month with the flu, and there was not much good in between!  The eye surgery was to … [Read more...]

Sponsored Post: Trinity Oaks Pinot Noir

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Maybe the fact that your kid just sprinkled Baby Powder all over the living room sofa is all the excuse you need to buy a bottle of wine. Mother-in-law dropped by unexpectedly and stayed all day? Yep, another good one. Stepped on a Lego? Two year old swallowed a Lego? Legos have taken over your entire first floor? All good reasons. But we have a better one: Buy a bottle of wine and help save … [Read more...]

Review: 19 Crimes Red Wine

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Who: 19 Crimes What: Red wine (blend, 13% ABV) When: 2012 Where: Australia Why: Because this wine is no crime. How: You’ve got to love a wine that celebrates the founding of a nation by criminals. But back in the late 1700’s, that’s exactly how Australia was born. Seems there were 19 different crimes that could get you transported (via creaky boat) to England’s penal colony. … [Read more...]

Review: Quinta do Portal’s Mural Reserva Red

Whining Down Savor Every Morsel! As far as mental sharpness goes…I am definitely not the freshest grape in the bunch. I make the most nonsensical mom mistakes every damn day. Let’s just call them momsenicals…for a lesser mouthful. I have been driving back and forth from Orange County to Los Angeles (about 55 miles) with my kids about 30 times now. I have been stuck in HORRENDOUS … [Read more...]

Review: Layer Cake Shiraz

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Who: Layer Cake What: Shiraz (14.5%) When: 2010 Where: South Australia Why: What did you not understand about the word “cake”? How: I am a sucker for cake. I simply cannot resist it. Especially the icing. And if that icing happens to be white buttercream on fresh white cake? Forget it. I’m a goner. Ice cream? Nah – easy to pass up. Chocolate? It has to be milk chocolate and … [Read more...]

Review: Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc

Wine:  Pedroncelli Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley 2012 and Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley  Three Vineyards 2010 Vintage: Sauvignon Blanc- 2012; Cabernet Sauvignon- 2010 Alcohol percentage: Sauvignon Blanc – 13.4% ; Cabernet Sauvignon – 14.3% Found at: The California Wine Club www.cawineclub.com  As I sit here and type away, I am stressing over the fact that … [Read more...]

Review: Banrock Station Shiraz

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Who: Banrock Station What: Shiraz (13% ABV) Where: South Eastern Australia When: 2011 Why: Because Australia has Australia Day, that’s why! How: As I sit here in a very chilly suburb in Ohio, USA, I can’t help but think about the fact that it is summer down under in Australia. Yes, summer. That wonderful time of year when you can leave the house without taking 20 minutes to … [Read more...]