A $25 Cab with $50 flavor and an $8 Label

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Wine labels are like book covers. You most definitely cannot judge a wine by its label. As I was wandering through Total Wine yesterday, I spied a bunch of 2007 Napa cabernets (which are getting less and less available at retail). Salva Tierra Cabernet from Renteria Wines caught my eye for its non-descript label and $24.99 price tag. It looks like a Continue reading

Pre-Trip Tasting: Ona Anakena Malbec 2009 Rapel Valley

ImageHanging out in the mountains this weekend, we decided we’d better keep up with our wine country training and with more than a few of our crew enamored of Malbec this year, we dived (dove?) into a bottle of 2009 Ona Anakena from Chile’s Rapel Valley.

The deep garnet color on this wine is intoxicating in itself, although it took a good Continue reading

Pre-Trip Tasting: Swinto 2008 Old Vine Malbec

Yes, I cooked a fancy dinner of grilled wild sockeye salmon….and sweet potato fries from a bag (nothing but the best for the little woman). You can’t always cook like Tom Colicchio, right? It is a color coordinated dinner though. Orange on orange.

The salmon rub was Continue reading

Pre-Trip Tasting: 75 Sauvignon Blanc

75 Sauv Blanc

Last night we dined at DiPaolo, one of our absolute favorite restaurants in Atlanta (and all of the world). We had a divine house-made mozzarella and Salame Varzi bruschetta to start followed by the most fabuloso halibut, but we’re not here to talk about the amazing food at DiPaolo. (Psst…but if you’re in Atlanta, give them a call and go there just for the halibut on the summer menu. I mean it. The caper butter sauce is worth drinking straight, but I digress…)

Sitting at the bar as we usually do, we had the Continue reading