Review: Pietra Santa Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese


Wine:  Pietra Santa Pinot Grigio; Pietra Santa Sangiovese Vintage: Pinot Grigio 2010; Sangiovese 2009 Alcohol percentage: Pinot Grigio – 13.6%; Sangiovese – 14.5% Found at: The California Wine Club Spring has finally sprung!  The crocuses have poked through the ground, and the threat of major snowstorms is no longer a popular topic.  I am so done with the snow.  I know a few … [Read more...]

Review: Saget Peres & Fils Chenin Blanc


Whining Down Little Wins: And the Momblet goes to…. “Poop and poop and poop and poop…poop and poop and YEEHAW!!!!”  That sentence right there is a little ditty that my husband and I made up during potty training. It comes with some clapping and knee slaps, but that’s not really making it sound cooler so I’ll just stop trying. This is just one of the MANY things I never thought … [Read more...]

Review: Angeline Merlot Reserve and Angeline Chardonnay


Wine:  Angeline Merlot Reserve 2011;  Angeline Chardonnay 2011 Vintage:  Merlot 2011; Chardonnay 2011 Alcohol %:  13.9% for both Found at:  The California Wine Club Warning: Whining ahead!  This wine review might contain a complaint or two.  You might think, oh poor you!  You have to drink wine and write a few sentences about it…I am gonna be straight up honest:  Sometimes, … [Read more...]

Review: Daniel Gehrs Merlot and Chenin Blanc


Wine:   Daniel Gehrs Merlot; Daniel Gehrs Chenin Blanc Vintage: Merlot- 2009; Chenin Blanc- Alcohol percentage: Merlot- 13.6% Found at: The California Wine Club I will admit, I am not the first one to follow a trend.  When I was younger, I always seemed to get in on things, on the way out.  Remember CB jackets?  My mom bought me “last year’s model” about 2 years after … [Read more...]

Review: Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc


Who: Cupcake Wine What: Sauvignon Blanc (13% abv) When: 2010 Where: Marlborough, New Zealand Why: Hello? Cupcake (cake + frosting). You don’t need to ask “why?”  ‘Nuff said. How:  My son had been away for 6 weeks. I know he’s a big college boy now and can take care of himself, but dang it, I miss that kid when he’s gone. (I also miss his 6’3” height that keeps … [Read more...]

Review: Riesling

Who: What: Riesling (11.5%) When: 2009 Where: Marlborough, New Zealand Why:  Because you can have your wine and help the environment, too. I must admit to being rather lax when it comes to my concerns over the environment.  Most of my atmospheric musings these days center around whether or not my varsity soccer player’s shin guards are sending off toxic fumes from the … [Read more...]

Review: Bixler Vineyards Union Island White and Union Island Red


Each month Becky R-T reviews wines from the California Wine Club's Wine Moms Series — the exclusive wine club of Moms Who Need Wine. For more information on having these amazing wines delivered right to your door, visit or click on the "Wine Club" link above. Wine:   Bixler Vineyards, Union Island White 2009, Union Island Red 2009 Vintage: White - … [Read more...]

Review: Robledo Tempranillo 2009; Robledo Sauvignon Blanc 2008


Vintage: Tempranillo – 2009; Sauvignon Blanc - 2008 Alcohol percentage: Tempranillo- 14%; Sauvignon Blanc - 2008 Found at: The California Wine Club  September and October mark months for my family when the weather starts to change and our outdoor activities start to curtail.  I love summer, but I have to admit, I also like the change of seasons, the crunch of leaves and the smell of a … [Read more...]

Review: OFFbeat Brands Jellybean Wines


Name: OFFbeat Brands Jellybean Wines Country: USA (Cab Sauv); Spain (red blend); Italy (Moscato Rose) Type: Cabernet Sauvignon; Red Blend; Moscato Rose Average Retail Price: $12.99 USD Taste (1 = yucky 10=yummy): Cab Sauv – 7; Red Blend – 8; Moscato – 5 Snobby Wine Words: Fruit-forward and sweet, designed for easy, adaptable drinking Drink When: Mama needs some … [Read more...]

Review: Shannon Ridge Merlot and Chardonnay

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Wine:   Shannon Ridge Merlot North Coast 2009; Shannon Ridge Chardonnay Vintage: Merlot – 2009; Chardonnay - Alcohol percentage: Merlot – 13.8% ; Chardonnay - Found at: The California Wine Club OK Mamas, who among us did the “Back to School Happy Dance” sometime in the last week?    I don’t think any of our kids read the comments here, so feel free to post one.  I had a … [Read more...]