Sunshine and Hockey Playoff Wines

Mayu Reserva Carmenère 2009, Elqui Valley, Chile , $17.95 (90035)

Second year in a row I’m on this Chilean.  You’ll love this if you love the stinky, full bodied wines.  This is like Marty Brodeur BBQing with his gloves on.  Its smell like smoke and sweaty leather mitts, has amazing balance, and will age very well.  Have a few of these ready for game 7 with a charred leg of lamb and a side of mint sauce.

Emiliana Signos De Origen La Vinilla Chardonnay/Viognier/Marsanne/Roussanne 2010, Casablanca Valley, Chile, $19.95 (63909)

Hello juicy wine, welcome to my salivary glands.  This masterful bright blend of white grapes will please any wine drinker.  Like Katrina & The Waves hanging out on your dock.  It’s like Walking on Sunshine and this wine makes me feel good……  Alright now.  Feel alive and pair this with good friends and afternoon rays of sunshine.

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Rain and Blood Wine

C.H. Berres Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2008, Mosel, Germany $19.95 (207274)

Kabinett is the least sweet category of Riesling.  I’ll put a few of these in my cabinet for sure.  Its like an unexpected sun shower on a steamy hot day. It smells like wet stone, has a refreshing taste and it’ll catch you off guard and have you wishing you didn’t wear that white tank top. Sear up some scallops and serve this cold at your next wet T-shirt contest.

Sequillo Cellars Red 2009, Swartland, South Africa $29.95 (277996)

This a a blend from the Swartland region of South Africa that is famous for its bush vines and dark soil.  The bush vines can lead to lower production, smaller grapes and more intense flavors.   This red is like Daniel Day Lewis in There Will be Blood.  Its got amazing intensity, it brings out the greed in you, and it smells like fresh drilled earth. Take a couple of these bastards in a basket to your next lamb roast.



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Red Rioja and Greasy Rose

Heredad De Baroja Gran Reserva 2001, Doca Rioja, Spain $21.95 (276113)

Oh me oh my.  12 year old beauty Rioja here.  Like Hugh Hefner BBQing Portobello’s at the mansion.  It mature, smells like cooked mushrooms and popped cherries, and its silky smooth like his pyjamas.  Before diving into the Grotto, grab a bottle of this to share with the May bunny.

Muga Rosé 2011, Doca Rioja Spain, $12.95 (603795)

Great patio sipping Rose.  Its like Olivia Newton John in Grease.  Its from an exotic country, pretty, refreshing, and pastel pink like Rizzo’s jacket.   Summer loving is gonna be a blast. Have a bottle of this on the dock for the May 2-4. Tell me more, tell me more.


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Sweet Sauvignon Blanc and Fruit Filled Valpolicella

Seresin Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough, South Island, $21.95 (735043)

Get a box full of this Sauvignon Blanc from the Kiwi’s.  Great nose of sweetness and wet stone, followed by a generous mouth watering acidity.     Throw on some Dave Matthews, chill it up and crash into this with a piece of baked cod.  It’s sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll.

Brigaldara Valpolicella 2010, Veneto, Italy, $14.95 (917864)

A perfect patio summer wine.  Like Steven Tyler eating a fruit salad.  It’s really lean, has a big mouth and is full of fresh fruit.    You’ll be Cryin’ unless you pick this up and serve it Friday afterwork with a plate of appys.   Live it up while this is going down.






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Your Tongue Will Thank You For These Wines

Coto De Imaz Reserva 2005, Doca Rioja, Spain $19.95 (23762)

A real beauty from Spain for a buen precio.  In 2005 the tune “Drop it Like its Hot” was popular with the hip kids.  Like Snoop Dog in a sauna eating some red curry.  Its old school, wreaks of coolness, smells of cheeba and wet cedar,  and has a great spicy finish. When the pimps come to your crib ma, drop this with some spicy sausage, asiago cheese, and sea salt crackers.

Quintay Q Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Casablanca Valley, Chile $14.95 (276493)

A great Sauv Blanc in a really cool bottle from Chile.  Its a tongue twisting, lip smacking, grape fruity, mouth watering beverage.  Its feels like you’ve lubed up your lips with Burts Bee’s and said “eleven benevolent elephants” 5 times.  Pour this nice and cold and serve Sally seafood that she’s sold.


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Meaty wines

Taurino Salice Salentino Riserva 2008, Dop, Puglia, Italy $14.95 (177527)

Buy 6 of these.  Amazing deep and smooth Italian red here.  Like Meat Loaf at the Tea Emporium eating a pastrami sandwich.  Its big, kinda ugly, and smells like fresh juicy meat and dried loose herbs.  Pair this with a ketchup smothered, piping hot slice of meat from the loaf pan.  I’d do anything for wine….. but I won’t drink tea, no I won’t drink tea.

Hecht & Bannier Côtes Du Roussillon Villages 2008, Ac, Languedoc, France $22.95 (142802)

This is a classy, smooth tasting wine from Southern Rhone.  Fresh off the exciting news of an upcoming Anchorman sequel, this wine is like Ron Burgundy lounging in his apartment.  Its a bit of a big deal, plush like his bathrobe, and smells of leather-bound books and deep mahogany.  Let this decant for an hour before you pair it with channel 4′s breaking news of the human torch being denied a bank loan.  Stay classy San Diego!

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I Gotta Good Feeling About These Wines.

Valle Reale Montepulciano D’abruzzo 2007, Doc Abruzzo, Italy $17.95 (216408)

The region of Montepulciano D’abruzzo lies due east of Rome where the main grape is Montepulciano.  Not to be confused with the Tuscan region Vino Nobile di Montepulciano which is a wine made with Sangiovese grape.  Hey is that Jude eating a Lindt bar at Cinnabon?  It smells like sweet cinnamon and dark chocolate and glass after glass it gets better, better, better.  Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders and let this under your skin with a pepperoni and bacon pizza.

Taja Reserva 2006, Do Jumilla, Spain $14.95 (243329)

Great value here for the boys who enjoy 3 beer lunches.  A nice powerful red wine from Jumilla where the vines get a powerful douse of southern Spain sunshine.   Like Flo Rida working the paving crew.   It’s dark, smells like smoke and tar and the deep bass notes linger in your head.  Oh oh, sometimes … I get a good feeling, when I open a bottle of wine.  This is wicked if you break it down with a rare roast beef and a side of roast potatoes.

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Family Day Tipples

I’m on top of things this weekend.  Found an LCBO that puts the Saturday release on their shelves on thursday night!  SA LCBO.

Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand, $16.95 (981670)

Every time I read the word Mount, I think of my buddies little amorous dog.  This Sauv Blanc will make everyone happy.  It’s like walking little Riley in the park on a clear winter day.  Its fresh and crisp, puts a skip in your step and it’ll get your little friend so excited, he’ll mount up for a quick shin bone ride.  Kick off the passenger and serve this well chilled with roasted asparagus.

Masi Brolo Di Campofiorin 2007, Igt Rosso Del Veronese, Appassimento, Veneto Italy, $24.95 (976092)

Masi is one of my favorite Italian producers.  This is an amazing mouthful for the price.  Like Jewel belting out a tune.  It’s quite hot, smells woodsy and homey, and you’ll drink enough to straighten your teeth.  Park the RV, Break from Bad, get a bottle of this and drink it with some roast prime rib.  (I don’t know any Jewel lyrics)

Bodegas Lan Crianza 2007, Doca, Rioja Spain, $15.95 (166538)

Case this sucker up.  This is my one year anniversary for this blog and one of my favorite wines has been re-released. Thank you Mr. LAN.  Read the past review here.



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Super Bowl Hangover Wines

These are 2 wines that you really should buy.

Finca Nueva Reserva 2004, Doca Rioja, Spain. $19.95 (268425)

This is a Giant of a wine that is Super good.  Like Madonna’s half time show.  Its old, carefully crafted,  has a lot of fruit and a little spice.  Lip-sync to your favorite over-produced song while serving this with some flank steak.

Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County USA, $24.95 (642207)

A California cab that’s good for $25.  That does not happen very often.  Like Cee Lo Green drinking freshly squeezed OJ.  Its big, round and real Juicy.  Drive around town and get a few of these, and forget you and forget the food.  Its great on it’s own.

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Queen and Roaming Goats.

Goats Do Roam White 2011, Wo Western Cape, South Africa $11.95 (237313)

I tasted this wine with the creator and owner, Charles Back.   It’s crafted with the same grape varieties as wine from his favorite French region “Cote de Rhone”.    Its like a first date with a small town girl.  It smells pretty good, its not complicated or bright, and it would blend nicely with a picnic.  Keep a few of these in the fridge to help you get to second base.

Descendientes De J. Palacios Pétalos 2009, Do Bierzo, Spain  $22.95 (675207)

This Spanish wine is not to be missed.   Its edgy, delicate and complicated all at once.  When I popped the cork, all I could hear is Freddy Mercury singing “Barcelona”.  Suck this back with your favorite Queen and a chunk of Manchego cheese.  Can you do the Fandago?


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