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8:24 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Old Zinfandel Friends - 8/27/14

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = good decent wine  ** = very good wine   *** = superb wine

Frei Brothers Reserve Zinfandel, Dry Creek 2012  **1/2   $
(Textbook Dry Creek zin, restrained scale, deep flavors, lovely aroma.)

Rosenblum Zinfandel "Old Vines", Sonoma 2009  **  $
(Big, juicy, rich zin, a well behaved fruit bomb.)

Buehler Vineyards Zinfandel, Napa Valley 2011  **1/2  $$
(Perfect Napa zin, with sturcture, deep flavor, restrained scale.)

Brazin Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi 2010  **1/2   $
(Shamelessly big and rich, a hedonist's delight.)

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9:57 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Maconais Chards, the Other White Burgundy - 8/20/14

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = good decent wine  ** = very good wine   *** = superb wine

Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Blanc 2012  *1/2 $$    
(A very rare wine, informal chardonnay, very nice.)

Sylvain et Alain Normand Macon-La Roche-Vineuse 2012  **  $
(Good buy in a spicy, mineral Macon.)

Fabrice Larochette, Chat. Chaintré Macon-Chaintré 2102  **  $
(Attractive peach, pear and mineral notes, well made, good value.)

Louis Jadot Macon Villages 2012 *1/2  $
(A very good value in Macon chard, from a reliable producer.)
        
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5:30 am
Wed August 13, 2014

House Swine (A Maryland/California Collaboration) - 8/13/14

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = good decent wine  ** = very good wine   *** = superb wine

**Wines are line priced at $20

House Swine Chardonnay, Santa Barbara 2011 *1/2  $$
(Classic Santa Barbara chard, creamy and loaded with good fruit.)

House Swine Zinfandel, Paso Robles 2011  **1/2  $$
(Superb zin, big but not massive, very complex and rewarding.)

House Swine Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara, 2010 **1/2  $$
(Very Burgundian in style, supple, complex, graceful, impressive.)

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6:28 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Brothers and Sisters (A red and a white from the same producer) - 8/6/14

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = good decent wine  ** = very good wine   *** = superb wine

4 Vines Naked Chard "Unoaked" Santa Barbara 2012   **  $
(Great value in complex unoaked chard.)

4 Vines "Truant" Zinfandel "old vines," California 2011  ** $
(Fruity zin with good flavors, excellent with barbecue sauce.)    

Sean Minor Chardonnay, Central Coast 2012 **  $
(Very good for the money, style and flavor.)

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9:13 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Big Red Blends...All $20 or Under! - 7/30/14

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = good decent wine  ** = very good wine   *** = superb wine
        
Open Range Red Wine, California 2010  *1/2  $  
(well balanced, informal, a pizza wine)

Austin Hope "The Troublemaker", California, NV  **1/2   $
(A very good bargain for a masterful blend.)

Ch. Ste. Michelle "Indian Wells" Red Blend, Columbia Valley 2010  **1/2 $
(A classy, well sculptured red based on merlot, excellent value.)

Milbrandt Vineyards "Brother's Blend", Columbia Valley 2011 * $
(Cotes du Rhone like, rustic and simple, good burger wine.)

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5:30 am
Wed July 23, 2014

California Pinot Noirs - 7/23/14

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = good decent wine  ** = very good wine   *** = superb wine

La Crema Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast  2012 *1/2  $$
(Light, fruity, rounded, good every day pinot noir.)

La Crema Pinot Noir, Monterey, 2012 **  $$
(A bigger, earthier pinot noir with good complexity.)

Wild Ridge Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2011  ***  $$
(Impressive, full bodied, well balanced, nuanced.)

Champ de Reves Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 2011  *** $$
(Very complex, great body, very elegant.)

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8:50 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Chardonnays - 7/16/14

William Hill Chardonnay, North Coast 2012 * $
(Nice basic chard, nothing fancy.)

Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay, Sonoma County 2011  *1/2 $
(A touch of complexity, good mid-level chard.)

St. Supery Estate Chardonnay, oak-free, Napa ** $
(Very nice, idiosyncratic chard, seems "German" in style.)

Arrowood Chardonnay, Sonoma County 2010 **1/2  $
(One of the classics, a steal at this price.)

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11:33 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Byron Winery - 7/9/14

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = good decent wine  ** = very good wine   *** = superb wine

Byron Chardonnay, Santa Barbara '12  *  $
(Very nice entry level chardonnay, good value.)

Byron Pinot  Noir, Santa Barbara '12  *  $$
(Very good varietal character, great value.)

Byron Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley '11  *** $$
(Creamy, rich, well balanced, textbook chard.)

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9:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Whiskeys Around the World - 7/2/14

Quality key:  * = good decent   ** = very good    *** = superb

Schniederweisss clear whiskey , Germany 1/2*  
(A curiosity)

Mackmyra "The First Edition", Sweeden *
(Decent)

Penderyn, Wales 1/2*
(Scotch-like, big rich flavor)

Reisterbauer, Austria 1/2*
(Bourbon-like, uninspired)

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5:30 am
Wed June 25, 2014

French Rosés - 6/25/14

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = good decent wine  ** = very good wine   *** = superb wine

Whispering Angel, Cotes du Provence 2013 *1/2 $
(A charming well structured delicate rosé.)

Domaine de Corbillieres Rosé, Tourain 2013 *1/2 $
(Big soft rosé with nice fruit flavors.)

Commanderie de Peyrosol Rosé, Provence 2013 ** $
(Quintessential French rosé.)

La Manarine Rosé Cotes du Rhone 2013 * $
(Fuller bodied, with a bitter finish.)

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