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October 31, 2007

Halloween Wine: Casillero del Diablo Cabernet

Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon
Year: 2005
We Paid: $10
ABV: 14%
Website

Casillero_Del_Diablo.jpegFrom the Concha y Toro Winery in Chile comes a series of wines featuring a devilish legend. The Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep (dare we say it?), blood red color. Its spicy currant fruit and velvety texture are devilishly seductive. It is a concentrated and elegant wine available for about $10 a bottle. We're pretty sure this wine is from, "the house of the devil." It's perfect for a Halloween wine and the website alone is worth a look.


Concha y Toro 2006 Casillero Del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon - Red Wine at Wine.com

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October 31, 2007

Delicato Shiraz 2004

Year: 2004
We Paid: $17 (3 liter box . . . almost 4 bottles!)
ABV: 13%
Website

delicato-shiraz-2005.jpgDo we even need to mention that this Shiraz came in a box? What’s the big deal? We’ve covered the wine-box debate before and little has changed. The CFW crew is interested in how the wine tastes, not the packaging. Although four bottles in one box is a great value. The FlexTap pushbutton-style spout is very cool too . . . and a little sexy. This little nipple device is easy to work, even with one hand when you’re trying to get those last few drops.

Delicato puts the same wine in its boxes as its bottles, and their wines have earned accolades both in the U.S. and at international competitions. Notably, Delicato’s entry was named “Best Shiraz of California” awards at the 2001, 2002 and 2003 California State Fair Wine Competitions.

The 2004 Delicato Shiraz lives up to its heritage. A powerful scent of spicy cherries practically bursts from the wine as you pour it. The flavor is a bit more subtle, tasting of blackberry and cherry. Overall, the flavor is balanced and quite smooth. The finish lingers with a fruity spiciness. The start and finish of this wine are so wonderful that they overshadow its pleasant flavor.

It’s little surprise that Delicato’s Shiraz is the best selling brand of that variety in the United States. If they can keep up with demand while maintaining quality, they are likely to hold onto that distinction in the coming years.

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October 30, 2007

Wine Teasers Wine Game

Wine Teasers is fun. There are questions about wine, cards shaped like bottles and each team has its own “virtual cellar.” The CFW crew enjoyed it, but there was a lukewarm reception overall. That was until Crazy Karl, one of the interns here, had a brilliant suggestion. CK has a lot of brilliant suggestions, but he’s usually speaking too fast for anyone to understand him. He also can’t speak with his eyes open. Really, we tried to keep his eyelids pried open and make him talk, but he just sputtered and then cried a little. Anyway, Karl’s suggestion was to play Wine Teasers with real bottles.

The objective of the game is to get a full cellar. You gain “bottles” by answering questions right. Crazy Karl thought each person could bring two bottles of real wine, so each team would have eight or ten bottles. You can win the other teams bottles by answering the questions correctly. It was genius. We played a few time a week and end the night by drinking, and sharing some of our spoils. The game is fun in its original form, but the Crazy Karl version is a blast.

The game includes:

  • 100 Questions, hints, & discussions, 30 wine bottle cards that describe wines and food pairings.
  • Fast-start rules, full rules, pronunciations card, hint credits.
  • The Q & A wine game for your next gathering of 2 to 20+ players, beginners or experts.
  • Lighthearted, unpretentious, and accurate.
  • The FUN way to learn wine!

. . . so hop onto Amazon.com, where we found this great game for $13.00! You can’t beat that. Enjoy!

Wine Teasers Wine Game

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October 29, 2007

John Cleese - Wine for the Confused (2004)

When I was seven, yes seven, my father had me watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The French knight made me laugh because had produced the greatest fart noises I had heard. That French knight has made me laugh in a dozen movies and TV shows over the years. Whether he was standing in a stream, sputtering to his wife as an innkeeper, or fawning over Jamie Lee Curtis, he has had a comic power unmatched in our time. I speak, of course, of John Cleese.

To my delight, I have recently seen Wine for the Confused. This humorous documentary is an introduction to wine and the wine world that could only come from Cleese. It’s very tongue-in-cheek and very good. Check it out on amazon for only $15.00. Learn, laugh and drink.

John Cleese - Wine for the Confused

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October 23, 2007

Wine Games - Don't Break the Bottle of Wine

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If you're looking for a way to spark lively dinner conversation, we invite you to lock up a bottle of wine in the Dont Break the Bottle wine puzzler. But beware: no matter what color the wine, youll have your dinner guests seeing red as they struggle to free the bottle from this creative caddy contraption. Simply slide your bottle into the caddy cradle, tighten the hatch, lock the puzzle device and set it on the table. Laughter will flow. Tears will flow. Wine will - well, just remember, Dont Break the Bottle!

At Family Games don't break the bottle wine caddy edition

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October 22, 2007

Nuvo Vino Wine Thermometer

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This wine gadget uses an infrared sensor to take the wine's temperature without sticking anything in the wine. The best method for using the gadget is to hover it an inch or two above the wine in a glass, but it can also be tested in the bottle or outside the glass. The gadget has a retractable sensor and comes with a wallet size recommended wine serving temperature card .

Price: $49.95 Available From Nuvo Vino

Via Pop gadget

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October 12, 2007

Somersault Wine Rack

somersault.jpgWe’ve all been to a friend’s apartment and admired their stuff. Usually that stuff is their wife or DVD collection. However, the other day I was at a buddy’s place for dinner and I looked right past his wife’s endowments, and his complete collection of Lone Wolf and Club samurai movies, and saw only his funky new wine rack. It looks like some Andy Warhol would produce if he was the set designer for Laugh-In. I almost didn’t check out his wine collection because the rack itself was so interesting. If you want an eye-catching way to display your wares, check this out at coolestgadgets.com.

Lone Wolf and Cub is worth a look-see as well.

at Coolest Gadgets

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October 11, 2007

The Wine Master

Is there anyone out there who has not dreamed of being James Bond? I’m not talking about the usual motivations; cool car, getting the girl, defeating a surprisingly inept evil genius. No, I’m talking about his way with food and drink, especially drink. He knows the right vodka, champagne, and always the right wine. What red is best after strangling a man with your cummerbund? Well, that may be the only wine suggestion the Wine Master Special cannot make. Any wine question you have, can be answered by this amazing doohicky. Its amazing features allow you to:

  • Access over 10,000 wine ratings and reviews
  • Save up to 25 of your favorite wines
  • Find food and wine pairings
  • Get tasting descriptions
  • Review a basic wine term glossary

At a restaurant, wine shop, wherever . . . this little baby is essential. What makes it even better, is Amazon’s price: $7.99!! While the Wine Master Special may not come with a Lotus, or Ursula Andress, it will give you the edge in all wine situations. And remember where you heard it from: Wine, Cheap Fun Wines.

Wine Master Special

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October 9, 2007

San Gervasio Manubles - Vino de Mesa

More often than not, if I’m looking for a safe, food-friendly wine that won’t break my wine budget, I look to Spain—the home of Conquistadores, Generalissimo Franco, Picasso, Pamplona, Flamenco, tapas, Barcelona, and…vino. Spain’s wine industry is showing swagger in the global wine marketplace, sloughing off its sallow and insipid image for white and red wines that has been better suited for a sangria punch than as a single varietal.

But nothing ever stays the same, nowadays, anyone who ignores Spanish wine is either in a state of denial or missing the boat—or both. I tried a simple red vino de mesa. The table wine is a staple in Spain. This Grenache, Tempranillo blend was aged for two years in French oak and shows some of this varietal’s typical characteristics.

It’s fiery and taut to begin with but begins to release its aromas within a few minutes. The nose reveals dark fruit and peppery spices. The dense cherry and plum flavors are laced with rustic and earthy bits, leather, and oak. There are some chewy tannins to deal with but nothing overly harsh and the wine displays balance and a medium length finish. Not as big-bodied as some Ribera del Duero wines but not a lightweight either. Best to drink with robust food. I would drink it again but I might look for another Spanish wine first.

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October 4, 2007

Time for a tasting

So you’ve been reading CFW loyally and you have a good handle on wine. You’ve got Mr. Cheap’s guide, you just opened your brass knuckle wine opener and you know the difference between a Chardonnay and Chablis glass. You’re ready for a tasting. You don’t need a cellar and a butler to have a wine tasting. All you need is some friends and some wine. We can’t help you with the friends part, but we’ve given endless suggestions for wine. You can design the tasting any way you like; Wines from one vineyard, wines of one grape, dessert wines, etc. The key is relaxing and enjoying the wine. So, put on some Earth, Wind and Fire, call some friends and taste away.

Jean Barret has some great ideas on the subject at wineanswers.com

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October 2, 2007

Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2002 Review

Trimbach, Gewurztraminer 2002 Review

Year: 2002
ABV: 13%
We Paid: $16

Last night I was... no.

This wine reminds me of... no.

Eh... I got nothin'. No stories, no comparisons, no anecdotes. You know what this wine tastes like? Gewurztraminer. It's textbook Gewurztraminer. Medium-bodied, golden yellow in color. Lychee, honeydew, white pepper nose, great acidity and minerality on the finish. Frankly, it's delicious, and I'm not going to hold your hand through this. Trimbach is a well known producer, and they're always good. If you've never tried one before, you must. If you know and love them, pick this one up.

And yes, yes, you can have it with Asian food. It's Gewurztraminer.

Website: Maison Trimbach

Trimbach 2004 Gewurztraminer - White Wine at Wine.com

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October 1, 2007

CFW Monthly Roundup: September 2007

Image from Photo.netAutumn is one of our favorite times of year, and we really had a great time covering wine in September. We found some great products, including an antler wine rack, a scrimshaw opener, and a wine flights set, and we also stumbled across some wines and wineries we enjoyed immensely. What better way to open a new month than by looking back fondly at last month? We can't think of one!

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