January 31, 2006

Wimpy vs Willy Wonka Wine

Ravenswood's battle cry is No Wimpy Wines and they mean it. Drinking Ravenswood is like taking a turbo trip to the Willy Wonka Wine-o-candy factory. No, I don't like their Zins much, at least the regular old barrel ones they serve up with the $5 or $10 tasting fee. (Can't remember how much it cost per person)
Nonetheless, I love visiting this winery, which is tucked away on a hill in Sonoma, CA., and often hosts barbeques (I've yet the attend one).
Who says you have to love a winery's wines to visit? This place is just fun. The guy who did our tasting when we visited last October was super generous on the pour, very chatty about the year's vintage, teaching us a thing or two about wine. I looked at my watch as my husband and I were leaving. My head was in the clouds and an hour and a half had passed.
Although I don't like many Zins, particularly the huge Robert Parkery ones, I did buy a nice solid bottle of 2000 Sonoma County Carignane that day. It went down fast when we drank it about a month later.

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January 31, 2006

New Favorite Wines From TJs

There are some fine wines at Trader Joe’s if you stay clear of that two buck Chuck crap. Even better, their wines are largely cheap! As a journalist, I've always wanted to interview the Trader Joe's wine buyers. They have such a cool job, traipsing around the world sipping new vintages. Lucky dogs! Here's a blog that tracks many Trader Joe's wines. The blogger, JohnG, is a web designer who lives in Sonoma. Like Robert Parker, he scores the wines he reviews on this irreverent site.

My neighbor Velma swears by this Trader Joe's wine from Italy she discovered last year. She turned me on to a 2001Sabbie Di Nuvola Vecchia Toscana and it costs just $6.99 a bottle. It's a Sangiovese variety (90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and 12.5% alcohol) from Tuscany and it's pretty darn good. Smooth and fruity and more expensive tasting than its price tag. Occassionally I've had a spoiled bottle (so has my neighbor) but overall its a very drinkable wine. It's nice with pasta and anything you'd normally pair with a good red.

Another red wine I recently tried is the 2003 La Loggia Barbera D’Alba. It's $5.99, too, and I liked it even more than the Toscana. Unfortunately, when I bought a second bottle I couldn't tell if it was spoiled or just inconsistently made. We tossed the bottle. It was AWFUL.

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January 27, 2006

January 22, 2006

Best of the Blogpire

Tvsnob 125 Macnn-1What a week! Things are getting busier and busier around the Blogpire. We're giving away $50 bucks if you design a new logo for TV at TVSnob Logo Contest. Overall if you didn't catch this new Melitta One:One - A Better Way to Make Coffee Commercial you should see it. Liquor also has Shotgun Party Video Review from Transworld Skateboarding that is QUITE interesting. Now on with the Best of the Blogpire!

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January 22, 2006

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