Monday, August 31, 2009

Cardiff Cellars Cabernet – 2008

Ah, Sunday evening and thoughts of Monday morning in my head….must get them out. Cardiff Cabernet should be able to help. This is only my third time drinking Cardiff and for an inexpensive wine, retailing at $5.99 at Total Wine, I think it is very drinkable. It is a full bodied Cab and not too dry. I smell berries, a touch of floral (violets perhaps), allspice and cherry. The color is a deep Crimson and highlights of purple in the glass. I can taste the berry flavors coat my tongue with a nice but not strong finish.

I have learned something over these past few weeks….the cheaper the wine, the less likely the winery has a website. The only thing I can tell you about this winery it it’s located in California. No info on the bottle, nothing online. I would like to tell you more but I simply can’t other than it is a nice wine at a great price.

If anyone can find any info on Cardiff Cellars, please forward it to me.

Chickadees word of the day:
Floral – an aroma reminiscent of flowers (duh!), such as violets, roses or citrus blossoms. This impression can also be sensed on the palate.

Friday, August 28, 2009

TGIF and Red Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006

Ah, Friday night, one of the best nights of the week. I think this calls for one of the best inexpensive wines I’ve tasted recently, Red Diamond Cabernet. Aromas consist of black cherry, currant, and a hint of smokiness. The aromas carry over to the flavor as I taste cherry, chocolate, black berries and a slight oak flavor create multiple layers from the first touch on the tongue to the finish. In the glass it’s a rich ruby color with nice looking legs (couldn’t resist). Red Diamond began in 2003 with a Merlot and sold only to restaurants (sound familiar…Copperridge) but the clamor for the wine was so great they decided to go public, selling to the public that is. By 2005 they had added a Cabernet, Chardonnay and Shiraz to their profile.

Red Diamond is located in Washington State and this Cabernet wine is actually a blend consisting of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 8% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The 2006 growing season saw major weather extremes, near record rainfall during the early spring and record high temperatures in the early to mid-summer. Despite these challenges the higher regions produced early ripening grapes as well as higher tannins. In the cooler climates later ripening produced optimal color and more fruit flavors with less tannins.

Like a lot of people I shop not only by the varietal and price but by the label. The label looks like part of a tribal band and really jumps out at you, hmm, maybe for my next tattoo????

I found this wine at Publix retailing for $8.99, just barely under the Wine Chicks wine budget!

Chickadees Word of the Day:
Petit Verdot – Red wine grape grown mostly in France’s Bordeaux region. Produces full bodied, deep colored wines with peppery, spicy flavors and high tannins and alcohol (I knew I liked this grape).

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Origami Sushi and happy hour

So I decided it was time for the Wine Chick to shake up her week a bit and suggested she and hubby go out to dinner. The stipulation was it had to be somewhat healthy and inexpensive…..ha, I already knew where I wanted to go; Origami Sushi located at 6507 W Waters Ave, Tampa. Origami offers happy hour 7 days a week from 3:00PM to 7:00 PM. Not just on drinks but food too! We sat at the sushi bar and sadly were the only ones in the restaurant. It was only 5:30 but we wanted to make sure we didn’t linger past the happy hour. I’ve dined at Origami in the past on Saturdays and they do have a few more tables but I’ve never seen them do a lot of business. It’s in a horrible location but the food is fantastic. We belly up to the sushi bar and each order a glass of Merlot (the only red wine on the HH menu). The glass contains 4oz of wine and costs only $2.25! I ask what the house wine is and was told it’s Copperridge. Upon further research I find this wine is a special brand made by Gallo and sold only to restaurants as their house wine. The wine had a fruity flavor and was not too sweet. It was very smooth but did not have a strong finish. Now I’m not an advocate of Gallo but at $2.25 a glass, who cares! It was surprisingly drinkable and it’s too bad this doesn’t sell retail. I did come across a few websites that do offer it by the case…..let’s not go that far.

Origami other HH offers include the Spicy Tuna Roll at $4.75 (very good), Edamame for $2.50 (hard to screw this up), The Crazy Horse for $5.95 (this is phenomenal but very filling). This dish contains tempura shrimp, cream cheese, avocado, roe and crunch (panko crumbs) all topped with a yummy sauce.

The only disappointment was when trying to decide between the Halloween roll and the Victorian roll. When we asked the server which one she preferred she replied she had never had either. Upon asking the Sushi Chef his only reply was “it’s a tough choice”. Really, this is your restaurant people sell it! Note to ALL restaurants…please be sure ALL servers are familiar with ALL menu items and can offer their preferences when asked. Also, Chefs, sell the crap out of your food, this is your chance to shine!

In the end we asked the server to surprise us. She and the chef chose the Victoria. The Victoria is a raw roll with tuna, asparagus, roe, crunch all wrapped in rice paper, priced at $8.95. It was very refreshing but I feel like it needed a little more flavor. I think it was the rice paper that made the roll a little bland. It comes with a what I assume is a plum sauce but tasted more like steak sauce. I used some left over sauce that came with the Gyoza ($3.50 during HH) and this added a little more flavor but still did not have the finish I had hoped for.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Barefoot Cabernet

I have a confession to make, I’m afraid of feet ok, well not feet by just one foot…..Barefoot wine. Back in the mid-90’s I drank a couple bottles because, well it was cheap. Maybe I had a bad vintage or something but I decided no matter how cheap, I was not going to be a part of this movement. So here I am facing my fear and staring it straight in the face, so to speak. Ok, here goes, first sip…..Very grapy flavor (not good) really, it tastes like grape jelly. I do pick up the berries, currant and I swear black licorice. The harsh tannins seem to mellow after a few minutes of breathing.

Barefoot Wine produced by Barefoot Cellars which is based in Modesto, California. Their slogan is “Get Barefoot and Have a Great Time!” Through the website I learn Barefoot started off as a garage wine in the 60’s and re-launched the brand in 1985. I do like that they are partnered with many non-profit groups and events. I also learn Barefoot has been awarded 1,000 medals including:
Fastest growing wine amongst the TOP 5 Popular brands!
Three Best Buys from Wine Enthusiast – Chardonnay (April 2006), Zinfandel (Oct 2006), Merlot (March 2007, announced in 2006)
Market Watch Magazine “Wine Brand of the Year” (2007)
Maybe it’s just me, maybe I need to give feet a chance, I mean Barefoot a chance.
Chickadees word of the day:
Aeration – The process by which air is deliberately introduced to wine. Aeration begins when the cork is removed from the bottle. This can be accelerated through decanting and swirling.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Up the Creek……

Cooking was my duty last night. My husband is the cook in the family and I am good at a few things but we just had my meatloaf on Sunday and we’ve had pasta this week so my killer spaghetti is out. I decide on porkchops braised in apple cider, brown sugar with cubes of Gala apples and Acorn squash. What looked and sounded so good in my head has me wonder if I will be up the creek with my dinner plan…. Hmm, think I’ll open a Jacob’s Creek Shiraz/Cabernet 2005. I know that will turn out good.

The color in the glass is a deep ruby and purple color. I detect a strong oak flavor as well ripe plums and berries. The wine is a little dryer than some of the wines I’ve been tasting lately but the tannins are smooth. The Shiraz and Cabernet grapes are blended to create delicious tasting fruit layers with a smooth and lasting finish.

The Jacob’s Creek Winery is located in Australia’s Barossa Valley. The winery gets it’s name from the creek that runs through the valley. The first vines were planted by Johann Gramp in 1847. It wasn’t until 1976 when a 1973 vintage Shiraz Cabernet Malbec became the first wine to be released under the Jacob's Creek label.

So dinner wasn’t all that bad after all. I had a good bottle of wine, great company and I didn’t even need a paddle.

I found this wine on sale for $5.99

Chickadees word of the day:
Tannins – Astringent substances found in the seeds, skins and stems of grapes. Also found in oak barrels. Tannins provide structure, flavor and texture to the wine and provide antioxidants which help the wines in the aging process.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Do Bigfoot and Long Island wines both exist???? Yes, Virginia there really are Long Island wines!

While perusing Creative Loafing looking for something to do this past weekend, what to my wondering eyes should appear but Free (one of my favorite words) combined with Wine Tasting (two more of my favorite words!). Not only a free wine tasting but they are profiling the elusive and legendary Long Island wines! I couldn’t believe my eyes, I’ve heard about these wines but the old timers always said many never make it out of Long Island and those that do only make it as far as the restaurants in Manhattan. The Wine Chicks, Wine Hen and Rooster were in Upstate NY just a few weeks ago and even they were unable to find Long Island wines.

We arrived at Wine Warehouse in St Petersburg and make our way to the tasting bar. That’s where we meet Larry Tirrell who is from the TAG Wine Group, LLC. TAG Wine Group is the only wholesale distributor brining Long Island wines to Florida. According to TAG’s website their mission is: “To increase the awareness, variety, and availability of Long Island wine in the State of Florida. Our expanding portfolio will feature wines of distinction, quality and value”. I also learn the wine movement on Long Island 3 years prior to the big wine hoopla in California.

We tasted wines from Pindar Vineyards, the largest and most prestige vineyard founded in 1979. The first to taste is the Pindar Winter White (retails for $9.99), a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Cayuga. It’s a semi-sweet but is refreshing. I’m not much of a white wine drinker but this could be nice sitting outside in the hot summer months. Next was the Pindar Sweet Scarlett (retails for $9.99), a red wine with a touch of sweetness. I normally enjoy full bodied non-sweet wines but there is something about this wine that makes you want to enjoy it during the holidays. Mom, guess what we’re having with the Thanksgiving Turkey this year! The TAG website says this wine goes well with Spicy foods and I can truly see how this would work. The last wine we tasted was the Pindar Pythagoras (retails for $14.99) which seemed to be the best selling wine of the tasting. The red wine was first crafted to celebrate Pindar’s 20th anniversary. It’s a non vintage-rich blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. This blend was named “Best US Red Blend” by the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago and “Best Red Vinifera” in Vineyard & Winery Management's "Best of the East" competition. It’s a Merlot/Cabernet blend and takes on both tasting traits. The wine is smooth and extremely well balanced with a subtle fruity bouquet.

So while the search for Bigfoot continues, this Long Island Wine Hunter can put down her wine glass as her search has come to an end.

Wine Warehouse is located at 5571 4st N, St Petersburg and offers free wine tastings every Saturday 4-7.
TAG Wine Group, LLC can be contacted through their website:

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Doctor is in……

LINDEMANS Bin 50 Shiraz 2008
While my husband is gathering an insurance quotes for combining our two cars I begin to wonder, what delightful and inexpensive wine shall we have tonight….. I find a bottle of Lindeman’s Bin 50 Shiraz 2008. I detect a light floral bouquet, spice, vanilla and a slight oakiness. In the glass the wine is a deep plum color. It is medium bodied with lots of berry flavors and a touch of chocolate. Harsh tannins do not make for a smooth finish. Considering this wine was just bottled in 2008, this does make perfect sense. The bottle states enjoy this wine for up to 3 years after bottling. I must caution even if you keep this bottled for another 2 years, the taste would not mellow. Reason being, this winery uses synthetic corks meaning the wine that was bottled is exactly how the winery intended it to taste.

LINDEMANS was founded by Dr. Henry Lindeman in 1843 and is one of the oldest continuous Australian wineries. Lindeman was an English Man but traveled to Australia shortly after marrying. Concerned by the low quality of hard spirits of the early colonies, he became devoted to the social and medicinal benefits of quality wines (good man!). With a successful medical practice behind him, he was soon able to turn his attention to winemaking and in 1843 he had planted his first vineyard on his 330-acre property 'Cawarra' in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales.

Dr Lindeman’s philosophy was that "the one purpose of wine is to bring happiness...". I love this guy!!!!!

Chickadees word of the day:
Raw – Refers to a wine that is young, undeveloped and harsh usually caused by unresolved tannins and acidity.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Double Dog Dare Cabernet

From A Christmas Story (1983)
“Well I double-DOG-dare ya! NOW it was serious. A double-dog-dare. What else was there but a "triple dare you"? And then, the coup de grace of all dares, the sinister triple-dog-dare.”

Nothing too sinister about this wine other than they call it a wine. Double Dog Dare retails for $3.99, no typo here, it really is $3.99. I wish I could say this is a perfectly acceptable wine but the truth is it’s drinkable only if you really don’t care what you drink at the time. I think I smell toast, is that possible? I taste plum notes that associated with very low-end merlots and cabs, and there was harsh finish that swirling could not correct. The one good thing I can say is there is no offending alcohol fumes going up your nostrils when you breathe in the bouquet (I’ll use that term loosely for this “wine”).

I’m just too disappointed to write much more about this wine. I will tell you the label shows two dogs, one jumping through a ring of fire, the other watching. Watch out for this wine before it bites you!

Chickadees word of the day:
Bouquet – The complex fragrance that develops in a wine through fermentation and aging, specifically bottle aging.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Meet the Griswalds….

So it has been decided both sets of parents will be spending Christmas at the Wine Chick and her husband’s home. With images of the Griswalds and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation flashing through my head, I think this bringing together of two families calls for Columbia Crests Two Vines Cabernet – 2006.

Two Vines is smooth and full bodied with fruit forward flavors consisting of ripe black cherries, plum, smoky vanilla notes and a slight oakiness. The wine is aged 12 months in oak barrels. The color in the glass is a ruby red indicating the aging of at least 2-5 years.

Columbia Crest is the Pacific Northwest’s largest winery and Two Vines its largest production. Columbia Crest is located in Columbia Valley, Washington east of the Cascade Mountains. At 14,000 feet high, the mountains block eastward-moving wet weather systems from the Pacific Ocean. This leaves the region with just 6-8 inches of rain per year and the perfect growing climate for the Cabernet grape.

So as the months roll by, stay tuned for more updates on Clark, Eddie and all the Griswald glan. I hope they leave Snots the dog and the cat at home!

Chickadee’s word of the day:
Oakiness – A toasty vanilla flavor and fragrance in wines that have been aged in new or lightly toasted oak barrels.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Blu Figs & Mark West Pinot Noir

While appetizer and wine hopping Saturday night we stumbled upon a new dining establishment – Blu Figs. Blu Figs has a casual Mediterranean feel and is located at 15463 N Dale Mabry Hwy. What makes this establishment stand out is the way the wine menu is presented. The name Figs stands for France, Italy, Greece and Spain. These wines are prominent on the wine menu. The traditional Cabernet’s, Merlots and Shiraz are listed as Other Reds. The other great thing about Blu Figs is for those who appreciate a good beer; you will not find a single AB (now InBev) on tap. Instead look for Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Dogfish Head, Dunedin Brewery and other craft beers. The restaurant buys local whenever possible. They buy produce from Bearss Groves and support local micro brews. This Wine Chick was so happy to see real beer I had to have the Dead Guy Ale. My husband and I got married in Portland, OR and our reception was a pub crawl. Rogue Distillery was our second stop so Dead Guy is near and dear to my heart.

Before we move onto the wine segment, I have to call out the wonderfully delicious food served at Blu Figs. I had a cup of the Lobster Bisque, nicely priced at $5. The lobster is pureed and the bisque is topped with tangerine and green tea froth. It was quite possibly the best Lobster Bisque I’ve had in a long while. My husband ordered the Vin Plat priced at $5 per person. This delightful plate came with a medley of soft cheeses, salami, roasted pepper, candied pecans, sundried figs and olive Provence. Pure Heaven on a plate! Dessert was a Tri-Chocolate & Hazelnut Parfait for $6. Now I am not a dessert person but I could not resist this wonderful smooth and delectable treat.

Of course being the wine chick I did have to try at least one wine. The wine list is so refreshing, none of the old standards. In fact dare I say, I wasn’t familiar with any of the wines! The bar manager even let me try several wines before I settled on a Mark West Pinot Noir (in keeping with my Portland vibe).

Mark West Wineries mantra is Pinot for the People. The difference with this Pinot versus so many others is, this is not a thin Pinot but has more of a full bodied flavor. Mark West Winery also believes in keeping wines affordable. Well this Wine Chick is all about affordability! Upon further research, it appears the winery has no land, no vineyard and no winery. I have to wonder if they are crushing the grapes in their bathtubs. If they are, stomp away because this wine was too good not to try again. I can gather they age it somewhere in Sonoma. I did find out some other little interesting tidbits on this winery but will save for another blog.

Wine Chick didn’t have anything to take notes on but this is a lesson learned. Here’s what I do remember; detecting strawberries, raspberries and black berries. Smooth finish and a very easy drinking wine. I think I’ll have to go back to Blu Figs soon to further my research!

Blu Figs owner Theo´ Anglakos and Bar Manager Joe Cater are super friendly and extremely informative.

I have not seen Mark West wines in stores but online it appears to retail for less than $10.

Chickadee word of the day:
Aging – The process of maturing wines so they can improve. With age, the wine becomes less harsh, less tannic and produces a smoother flavor and texture.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Beringer California Collection Cabernet – 2006

The Wine Chick and her husband have been very busy updating the home office and now trying to figure out the best configuration of the room. I think this calls for a nice inspiring bottle of Beringer California Collection Cabernet.

The wine in the glass is deep red in color indicating the wine has been bottled for 2-5 years. I take in the aroma of vanilla, red berries and plums. Upon tasting I detect sweet Vanilla, figs, slight oak and spicy flavors. The tannins are soft and smooth giving this easy drinking wine a smooth finish.

Jacob Beringer was a German immigrant who arrived in the US in 1868. In 1870 he took a train out East and discovered rocky, well-drained soils similar to those in his native Rhine Valley . Beringer Wineries uses 14 vineyards located up and down Napa Valley. This allows the winery to plant varietals that will perform well in each different climate, soil and terrain. Beringer Vineyards is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley.

It may have been Sunday evening but this wine is easy like Sunday morning (I couldn’t resist). Now that I think about it, I think the desk would look better on the other wall.

This wine retails for $7.99.

Chickadees word of the day:
Finish – The final flavor and texture impression that remains on the palate after a wine is swallowed. The finish is part of the wines overall balance.

Friday, August 14, 2009

This Little Heart of Mine….

Robert Mondavi – Private Selection 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Retails for $8.47

For a Thursday night I was feeling pretty good. I arranged to work from home on Friday so all was right in my world. As my husband starts cooking us some dinner, I grab a bottle of Robert Mondavi’s Private Selection – Cabernet. I sense a fruity taste from the first hit of wine on my tongue. From start to finish this wine is like having an old friend over for a casual and relaxing dinner. As I look so wine savvy as swirling my glass I notice the legs last for quite sometime. May be the reason why I feel so relaxed and care free.

Mondavi’s Private Selection was introduced in 1994 and was harvested only from the North and Central Coast appellations to profile the high quality and character of their coastal grapes. Due to these regions growing conditions, they were able to source each variety of grapes from the climate and soil it thrives in best. The result is a high quality, affordable wine.

Robert Mondavi (RIP) to me is the Godfather of California wines who provided technical improvements and marketing strategies bringing worldwide recognition to the wines in Napa Valley. Mr. Mondavi says “Wine to me is passion. It is family and friends, warmth of heart and generosity of spirit”.

I can tell you, this little heart of mine shines on with this delightful wine!

Robert Mondavi Private Selection produces Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Fume Blanc, Syrah, Zinfandel and Johannisberg Riesling.

Ready Chickadees, here’s your word for the day:
Appellation – A designated growing area governed by the rules and regulations established by its central government and local governing body. In the US this translates to AVA’s or American Viticultural Areas. These are not focused on quality but focus more on the regions growing climate.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wine Spectator Needs to get a Grip!

As I was reading through the latest issue of Wine Spectator I came upon the Savvy Shopper page. Who are they kidding???? The majority of the wines were around $19 a bottle. Are they serious about calling these bargains? Yes folks they did use the term “Bargain” in the article. I don’t know about you but spending $19 in this economy is going to take a bit of a chunk out of my wine allowance. Now I’m not talking about special occasion wines, that’s different, keep in mind this blog is about every day wines. The article really just got me thinking, aren’t you readers glad you have me to steer you in the right direction. I’m even free versus the $50 Wine Spectator subscription. Don’t get me wrong, WS is a great publication and a great way to brush up on wine knowledge. They just don’t seem to always think much about those of us who find ourselves in new and very different economic situations.
Please do not write in telling me they always list a Best Value wine, yes I know. One wine listed under $10 out of the total 29 they profiled under the Savvy Shopper page.

Ok my little Chickadees it’s time to become scholarly. I think it’s time we add some wine terminology to this blog. Today’s word is Viscosity or legs. After a glass of wine is swirled this is the coating you see on the inside of the glass. The legs slowly run down the side of the glass and are an indication of the alcohol content in the wine. Legs usually indicate a high alcohol content at approximately 13%. So swirl those glasses!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Not all inexpensive wines are created equally tasty and drinkable …..

I learned a valuable lesson in my inexpensive wine experiment last night. Just because a small, trendy grocery chain can sell very drinkable wine for around $2.99 (you know who I’m talking about) does not mean a discount mega mart can sell wine for around that same price and it still be drinkable. Now mind you I do not frequent this particular discount mart but as I am pricing out new monitors I thought it a good idea to check as many options as possible.

As I was strolling along, I came across the wine aisle and thought, hmm, let’s give it a look. I then came across what must be their “house wine” and it was priced as very affordable. I figured if “Chuck” can make decent and inexpensive wine, others can too. I proceeded to buy 1 bottle of each of the three reds they carried, Cabernet, Merlot and Shiraz.

Later that evening after chilling a bottle of the Cabernet, I took my first sip. All I can say is even if they were giving this wine away, it’s best to just walk away! It has a flavor that is a combo of Grape Kool-Aid, Grape Tang and perhaps a touch of Turpentine. So I can see, very early on, not all inexpensive wines are created equally tasty and drinkable! How I hate to throw wine good or bad down the sink drain…….

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Life is a Highway....

They say life is a highway, full of bumps, curves and sometimes taking you on desolate roads until you feel completely lost and alone. Well I can tell you it was smooth sailing last night when I was enjoying Bohemian Highway. I’ve seen this one at a variety of retailers ranging from $5.99-$8.99. I of course chose to purchase mine at one of the $5.99 retailers. Last night I sampled the Cabernet Sauvignon. From the first sip it’s like an old friend that would never let you roam alone or get lost. It has a velvety texture that really does change its flavor profile as it washes across your tongue. It was a little on the sweet side but after the second glass this is forgivable.
So remember life may be a highway but if you have to take the low rode, bring Bohemian with you!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Life continues to give me lemons, so I continue to drink inexpensive wines!

So yesterday I discovered a nail in my tire, this after spending $1,200 to fix the AC in my car last week. Good thing, I know there are some good and inexpensive wines out there.

Last night, it was Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin. Zinfandil is not my normal red wine choice but who can resist the name! A lot of my wine shopping not only involves looking at the price but also the name and the label. Sometimes I go wine shopping just based on label alone.

Anyway, I must confess this is not the first time I've had Gnarly Head. The first time my husband and I drank it was when I was avoiding my 20th High School Reunion. I figured the 10th was so dreadful, no need to go back for the 20th! Who knew everyone would finally lighten up and also get liquored up!

Oh well, husband and I had a great long weekend in Mt Dora, FL. Turns out Mt Dora has several wine bars, who knew? This was my first experience with Gnarly Head. I picked up my latest bottle for just $7.99 and it is quite lovely. Tastes of plum, berries and the slightest hint of pepper make this wine extremely drinkable. I give it my "bottoms up" approval and if nothing else, it does have a Gnarly label!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

How this blog came to be.....

So here I am approaching 40. The company I worked at for the past 10 years (one inwhich I considered myself to be a lifer) has decided I am no longer a valuable employee. Instead of thinking "oh no, what will I do now", I'm thinking, "What do I want to do now". Well I don't have that answer yet but I know what I like and I like wine! The thought of losing a paycheck will not deter me from my love and my passion but it will make me re-think the wines I purchase.

So here I am embarking on a journey and I decided I would invite anyone who wanted to join, to come along for the ride.

My goal is to sample (and to sample I mean drink the bottle if it's drinkable) inexpensive wines and describe them so anyone feeling an economic crunch can step outside their wine comfort zone and enjoy wines that won't leave your wallet feeling guilty!