Review: Giesen Sauvignon Blanc


Who: Giesen What: Sauvignon Blanc 12.5% When: 2013 Where: New Zealand Why: I have a college senior, a high school senior, and a huge attitude going on around here. How: It is March of both my children’s senior years. And to say that the dreaded specter of the disease known as “senioritis” has made an appearance is putting it mildly. Don’t get me wrong, I love talking to … [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  As I sit here and type away, I am stressing over the fact that … [Read more...]


Wine:  Madrona Zinfandel 2010; Madrona Chardonnay 2012 Vintage: Zinfandel- 2010; Chardonnay- 2012 Alcohol percentage: 14.5% both Found at: The California Wine Club Did everyone enjoy (or rather, survive) the holidays?  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I really find I need that extra week in between Thanksgiving and the end of November. You know, the extra … [Read more...]

Review: Bob’s Your Uncle Wines


Who: Bob’s Your Uncle What: Bob White (12.5%) and Bob Red (13%) When: NV (in other words, “they didn’t say”) Where: South Africa Why: Because even beer drinkers deserve wine. Sometimes. If they’ve been very, very good. The first thing I should warn you about these wines is that you may very well pass them by thinking they are beers. I nearly did. Just look at them: … [Read more...]

Review: Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay


Who: Kim Crawford What: Unoaked Chardonnay When: 2011 Where: New Zealand Why: Because “wines on a train” makes sipping even more fun. (Part 2) How: Last month I reviewed a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that I discovered while riding the rails of a local scenic railroad’s Wine Train. I must admit, train rides give you a whole new perspective of things. You’re happily sitting … [Read more...]

Review: Stein Family Wines 2012 Just Joshin “Vaquero” California Chardonnay


Wine:  Just Joshin/Stein Vaquero Chardonnay Vintage:  2012 Alcohol percentage: ? Found at: I was out to dinner earlier in the month with a close friend that I only see once or twice a year.  We live about 5 hours apart, so when we have time to catch up in person, it is great.  Toward the end of dinner my husband sent me a text.  All it said was … [Read more...]

Review: Matua Sauvignon Blanc


Who:  Matua What: Sauvignon Blanc When: 2012 Where: New Zealand Why: Because “wines on a train” makes sipping even more fun. (Can you believe it?) How:  I have to hand it to my friends, they come up with some wonderful outing ideas. And this one may just take the cork (not the cake, this IS a wine review after all). Last month I got a call from a college buddy who wanted me to … [Read more...]

Review: Claiborne & Churchill (Pinot Noir & Edelzwicker)


Wine:  Claiborne & Churchill Pinot Noir; Claiborne & Churchill Edelzwicker Vintage:  Pinot Noir 2009; Edelzwicker 2012 Alcohol percentage: 13.8% Pinot Noir; Edelzwicker ? Found at: The California Wine Club  When we last caught up, my family was in the throes of the “Off to College Transition”.  I wasn’t ready, my husband and youngest weren’t ready, and most … [Read more...]

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Review: Vicente Gandia Verdejo (Organic)


Whining Down: Wishful Drinking Dear New School Year, Yeah….we’re back; but just barely. I know we had all summer to get ready, and I had every intention to do so, but we aren’t. Let’s start with school supplies. I miraculously secured felt chisel tip pens in bold. My oldest went ahead and tested one on her bicep, so it is slightly used and even slightlier washable. I forgot to get … [Read more...]