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2007 Cuvee Sasha

Posted on November 1, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Blend, Red wines, Reviews, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

You know, I did enjoy this wine, but found is a little flimsier than some of the other wines I’ve had from the same region. Some neat rose petal elements, with some nice velvety tannins and herbaceous jam. Definitely a nice blend. Will likely do better with some serious decanting and another couple years in the bottle.

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Conn Valley Vineyards 2007 Prologue Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted on November 1, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Cabernet, Red wines, Reviews, Wine Reviews, region, style | 1 Comment

Now I know that I drink a lot of cabs, and maybe I’m getting a little sick of them, but that doesn’t mean I want a weak-ass cab! I found this cab to be acidic, pasty, and generally unappealing. While there was some decent berry and some nice green pepper, I’ve been used to getting much better quality for my $20 investment.

 

For the money, I recommend the Fitch Cabernet at Westwood Liquors in Westlake.

So there.

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B Wise 2005 Trios Proprietary Red

Posted on October 31, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Blend, Red wines, Reviews, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

This wine is a wonderful blend from B Wise Vineyards, with fantastic candied plum and dark berry flavors, with an underlying core of anise and clove. It’s slightly perfumey, and should definitely be decanted at least two hours prior to drinking. Additional cellaring should only enhance the balance.

Recommended!

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2009 Halloween Wine Bar Crawl

Posted on September 30, 2009 - Filed Under Upcoming Events | 3 Comments

On January 2nd of this year, The Austin Winos engaged in a very fun exploratory mission of the wine bars of Downtown Austin. This included 3 2oz. pours at 6 of Austin’s best wine bars.  The average bottle price was about $40, and everyone had a great time.

With one small exception.

We were so drunk by the end, no one even made it to the last bar.Oops.So, this year, we’re increasing the quality of the wine, reducing the quantity only slightly, and finishing up at Max’s for their Reverse Happy Hour.Here are the details:>

When: Friday, October 30th — 7:30 – 12:30

What: Wine tasting at 5 downtown wine bars: Aquarelle, Cru, Max’s, Mulberry, and Cork & Co.

What’s to drink: We’ll be buying bottles averaging $80 a piece, and many of them will be over $100. And we’ll be pouring 2 big pours a wine bar. That’s ten glasses of $80 wine!

How much? 10 glasses of reserve wine, a commemorative Austin Winos glass, and a costume party at Max’s to finish up the night.

Do I have to wear a costume? Nope, but we’ll have a prize for the best costume…

How do i sign up? Click the link below, and you’ll be all set.

*** Space is limited to 24 people, so sign up today! ***




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2007 Savanha Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted on September 25, 2009 - Filed Under Cabernet, Red wines, Reviews, South African wines, Wine Reviews, style | Leave a Comment

I found this wine a little thin and tannic. I think, paired with a hard cheese or meaty pasta, it would have been pretty tasty, but tonight was a steak night, and steak nights are important to me.

Sorry Savanha, but you didn’t quite cut the mustard…

85

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2008 Vina Borgia Campo de Borgia

Posted on September 25, 2009 - Filed Under Grenache, Reviews, Spanish wines, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

5.99!

5.99!

That’s how much this wine cost!

It was very quaffable, great with pizza, and a very solid weekday wine. Highly recommended for when you’re broke or when people who don’t know much about wine are in town.

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The Heiress

Posted on September 20, 2009 - Filed Under Blend, Red wines, Reviews, Spanish wines, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

Life is so good.

This movie…so good. Aaron Copeland’s score is perfect. The emotion & humanity…so pin-point. The performances are classic, the storyline, devine…they truly don’t make movies like this. Can you imagine asking Aaron Copeland to score your movie?

The wine…A 2007 Spanish Syrah / Tempranillo blend from Care..with hints of caramel, cedar, rusty pipe, strawberry, and seltzer water, rated 90 pts WS…

It’s just okay.

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2005 Windhurst Reserve Merlot

Posted on September 19, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Merlot, Red wines, Reviews, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

This puppy is $19.99 @ Westwood Liquors and worth every penny! It’s mellow, confident, with nice flavors of cocoa, blueberry and medium tannins.

If this wine were a guy at a party, he would just sit in the corner wearing sunglasses, and not saying anything, but then at the end of the night he would take your girlfriend home.

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2006 Perrin & Fils Vinsombres

Posted on September 19, 2009 - Filed Under Cotes du Rhone, French wines, Red wines, Reviews, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

This is a subtle cotes du rhone with mild tannins, and a very pleasant, perfumy taste. Nice hints of lavendar, hazelnut, and honey blossom…but I find myself wishing for a little more bite.

Mike says, “It’s like a chick with big gigantic tits that are fake.”

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2006 Louis M Martini Cabernet

Posted on September 18, 2009 - Filed Under Cabernet, Reviews, Wine Reviews, style | Leave a Comment

They sell the shit out of this wine every you go. It sports some high rating from some place, and you can get it for $12.99. I found it to be thin, obnoxious, and generally lacking in flavor or uniqueness. I poured it down the sink.

Comment of the night: “This wine tastes like it was made by the same person who made Two Girls One Cup.”

Good times…

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