Category Archives: Miscellany

A Taste of Walla Walla in Portland

The Walla Walla Wine Alliance conducts a tasting in Portland in the spring of every year and it has always been one that I look forward to the most. This is the tasting that highlights this strange land to the … Continue reading

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Vertical Grange des Peres (plus Bonus)

Many years ago I was working at a wine distributor as a driver and warehouse guy. It’s not a glorious position but gives you some flexibility, if you’re efficient enough, and gives you access to a warehouse of wine at … Continue reading

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A delicious shout-out to my favorite Thanksgiving wines!

I know lately I’ve been the champion of budget wines. But that wasn’t always the way. When you work in the business you don’t really think about that $25 wine being a special occasion bottle. It more of a “Mmmmm … Continue reading

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CV 3.0

Time to dust off the old wine blog. It’s been a long while of no writing and seeing as I have a bit more time on my hands, now it is a great time to entertain y’all. I know there’s … Continue reading

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Case Project: Conclusion

The original question was “Is a value still a value if you don’t want to drink it in the first place?”. And the original premise was to get a case of cheaper wine that doesn’t have anything to do with … Continue reading

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Case Project: The Rest!

Well, let’s get this out of the way. I don’t think it’s going to be all that interesting to continue single-posting a whole case of wine. I’ve got more interesting things to write about. So let’s kick it into high … Continue reading

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Case Project Wine #3: Foppiano Lot 96

One of my reasons to research these inexpensive wines in the face of economic adversity is my lifelong cynicism about the retail industry in general and the commercial view of “value”. For example, long ago when I was about 10, … Continue reading

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Diversion: Edgefield 2006 Black Rabbit Red

Okay, yeah. It’s been over a week since the last post. I apologize for that. I also apologize for diverting from the previous topic, not that everyone was waiting with patient enthusiasm and bated breath as to which cheap wine … Continue reading

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Case Project Wine #2: Daniel Belda Ponsalet Monastrell Jove

Ah, Spain! I started my love affair with Spain quite some time ago. Nowhere in the world will you find more new and exciting wines at such good values. Well, okay . . . there are lots of places, but … Continue reading

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Case Project Wine #1: Domaine Paul Autard 2006 Cotes du Rhone

I’m a huge fan of the French Rhone wines, which is a problem these days. First off, the good stuff has gotten terribly expensive. Things like Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas, and even Vacqueyras now . . . and I’m … Continue reading

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