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Remarkable wines that pair nicely with your wallet

Remarkable wines that pair nicely with your wallet

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Remarkable wines that pair nicely with your wallet

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English


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Cotillion Pinot Noir 2017

3/27/2020
The Story The Cotillion Pinot Noir 2017 is a Trader Joe's $9.99 exclusive brand sourced from vineyards in 56% Monterey County, 33% Sonoma County, and 11% Santa Barbara County in California. Under usual circumstances, this is a wine that would show 'California' on the front label as a place of origin since 67% of the grapes came from the Central Coast AVA and 33% came from the North Coast AVA. But since each of the AVAs mentioned are excellent Pinot Noir growing regions Cotillion preferred to...

Duration:00:10:35

Monique Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2018

3/25/2020
The Story The Monique Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2018 is a Trader Joe's $6.99 exclusive sourced from vineyards in the Central Coast AVA of California. This is a wine made for Trader Joe's by the Central Coast Wine Warehouse which is part of Thornhill Companies. The Central Coast Wine Warehouse has been working with Trader Joe's for years. The Central Coast Wine Warehouse is a winery that produces retail brand wines, store brands, contract wines, you name it and they also own some of the most...

Duration:00:10:13

Hopes End Red Blend 2017

3/23/2020
The Story The Hopes End Red Blend 2017 is a blend of 41% Shiraz (also known as Syrah), 39% Grenache, 12% Malbec, and 8% Petit Verdot sourced from vineyards in South Australia. Hopes End is one of the Trinchero Family Estates stables of wines, which include some of the more popular wine brands on the market. The South Australia wine region is clustered around coastal areas where the cool Southern Pacific Ocean keeps the climate safe for vines. You need not go too far inland before the...

Duration:00:09:21

Red Cloak Petite Sirah 2017 (ALDI)

3/20/2020
The Story The Red Cloak Petite Sirah 2017 (ALDI)is a $6.99 ALDI exclusive sourced from grapes farmed in the Monterey County AVA inside the Central Coast AVA of California. ALDI virtually never issues any technical information concerning their wines, they tend to skip anything that will add to the price. But they are upping their label game, the Red Cloak can hold its own with any retail wine in that regard. The label shows someone (Little Red Riding Hood?) entering into a dark shadowy...

Duration:00:07:09

Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

3/17/2020
The Story The Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, actually the complete name includes Lot 96 and it is a Trader Joe's $12.99 exclusive wine. This wine is featured in Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer, but there is no mention of any technical details, is it 100% Cabernet Sauvignon? What are the rough details of the oak program? Nothing, but they do tell us it is from the Chalk Hill AVA. Chalk Hill is a relatively small sub-AVA located in the northeast corner of the...

Duration:00:09:50

JaM Butter Chardonnay 2018

3/13/2020
The Story The JaM Butter Chardonnay 2018 is a brand that is part of the John Anthony Family of Wines. John Anthony is John A. Touchard out of Napa, California. JaM stands for John and Michelle Truchard. And this is a "lifestyle" brand of wines. This is a wine that I found (on sale( for $12.99 and a quick check of the web shows it selling for between $13 and $15. There is a stiff competition of your Chardonnay dollars at this price point. JaM is big on lifestyle marketing and no so good and...

Duration:00:07:19

Corte Rossa Barolo 2015

3/11/2020
The Story The Corte Rossa Barolo 2015 is an $11.99 Trader Joe's import exclusive, 100% Nebbiolo grape from vineyards in the Barolo DOCG region of northwest Italy. The Barolo region in Italy bills itself as the King of Italian wine. Barolo wines typical sell for around forty dollars and the best offerings from the best estates can sell for hundreds of dollars. An $11.99 Barolo is extremely rare. The DOCG (the G stands for Guarantee)is the Italian wine governing body, they set and enforce the...

Duration:00:10:55

Domaine Angelliaume Chinon 2018

3/8/2020
The Story The Domaine Angelliaume Chinon 2018 is a $12.99 Costco wine. The winery is Domaine Angelliaume and the name of the wine is Domaine des Falaises which translates to English as Field or Place of the Cliffs which is the name of the estate vineyard that the Cabernet Franc grapes were farmed. The vineyards near the town of Chinon are situated on steep hills leading down to a river that runs through the Loire Valley in France. I mention the name of the winery and the wine name since when...

Duration:00:09:18

Henri Gaillard Provence Rose’ 2018

3/6/2020
The Story The Henri Gaillard Provence Rose' 2018 ($9.99 at Costco) is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre from vineyards in the Cotes de Provence AOC of the Provence region in the south of France. The Cotes de Provence is the largest growing region in Provence. The different regions in Provence tend to feature different grapes or blends in their Rose', so the wines can vary from region to region. This is a $9.99 Costco wine though it does not seem to be a Costco exclusive. I...

Duration:00:10:03

Trader Joe’s Reserve Monterey Pinot Noir 2018

3/2/2020
The Story The Trader Joe's Reserve Monterey Pinot Noir 2018 lot #191 is a $9.99 Trader Joe's exclusive produced for them by an unspecified winery from grapes farmed in the Monterey County AVA inside the Central Coast AVA of California. The listed producer, Ashford Court, also is the name used for Trader Joe's Cotillion Pinot Noir. If you are familiar with Trader Joe's wines the Cotillion Pinot has the label that is a drawing of what looks like a party from the 1700s only the guests are...

Duration:00:08:00

Global Adventure Series Chianti 2018

2/28/2020
The Story The Global Adventure Series Chianti 2018 is a $4.99ALDI exclusive sourced from vineyards in the Chianti DOCG region of Tuscany in Italy. There are two DOCG Chianti regions, Chianti Classico and just plain Chianti (there are sub-regions). The Classico Chianti is the original DOCG region and has a black rooster on the neck of the bottle. Italy has wine governing organizations, DOCG and DOC that are tasked with enforcing rules and regulations to ensure quality and promote the wines....

Duration:00:10:52

Federalist Lodi Zinfandel 2016

2/25/2020
The Story The Federalist Lodi Zinfandel 2016 is 100% Zinfandel sourced from three different sub-AVAs of the Lodi AVA which is inside the Central Valley AVA. Most of the California wine you drink comes from the Central Coast AVA (Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, and others) and the North Coast AVA (Sonoma, Napa, etc..) and they are all coastal or mountain growing regions. Lodi is south and east of Napa and would be too far inland to grow grapes, the Bays to the east of San Fransico extend far...

Duration:00:09:05

CasaSmith ViNO Rosso 2016

2/23/2020
The CasaSmith Vino Rosso 2016 is a 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese blend sourced from seven vineyards located in various AVAs inside the Columbia Valley AVA of Washington State. CasaSmith is one of Charles Smith's Wines of Substance line of wines intended to pay tribute to his favorite wines of Italy. You may know Charles Smith from his line of wines that included Kung Fu Girl Reisling and Boom Boom Syrah, he sold those wine to Constellation Brands and is concentrating on the Wines...

Duration:00:11:25

Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel 2017

2/21/2020
The Story The Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel 2017 is 76% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, and 3% Mixed Blacks (mixed blacks is the old school way of saying various Red wine grapes) sourced from more than one California grape growing AVA. That actually is the tech notes for the 2016 vintage, about a year ago the brand owners, Constellation sold Ravenswood and about 30 other wine brands to E and J Gallo. I imagine that since they no longer owned the brand they didn't go through the expense of...

Duration:00:10:21

Inverted Red Blend 2017

2/19/2020
The Story The Inverted Red Blend 2017 is an ALDI $6.99 wine sourced from vineyards in the Central Coast AVA of California. And that is about all I know about this wine. It does not show up on the internet or under COLA name search, except there was an Inverted Red blend out of the Monterey AVA for the 2014 vintage. That version of the Inverted Red blend seems to exist for only one year, does it have any relation to this ALDI Red? I do not know. Again the website for the 2014 Inverted wine...

Duration:00:10:21

Nikau Point NZ Sauvignon Blanc 2019

2/17/2020
The Story The Nikau Point NZ Sauvignon Blanc 2019 is a $5.99 Trader Joe's wine sourced from vineyards in Marlborough on New Zealand's South Island. This wine is a bit of a mystery. When I went online to check for information the company that was listed as the producer and seemed to have information concerning the Nikau Point was blocked as a malicious website. There was a Nikau Point Reserve Sauvignon Blanc that was a single vineyards wine, actually a small section of a single vineyard. But...

Duration:00:08:28

Wind Song Chardonnay 2018 ALDI

2/16/2020
Wind Song Chardonnay 2018 ALDI The Story The Wind Song Chardonnay 2018 ALDI is a $7.99 Aldi exclusive sourced from vineyards in the Margaret River district of Western Australia. Most Australian wines in the under twenty dollar price range come from South Australia or Southeast Australia. Margaret River is on the other side of the country, near the city of Perth and has a very different climate from the rest of the Australian grape growing areas. Margaret River is a cooler grape growing area...

Duration:00:10:14

Poppy Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

2/13/2020
Poppy Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 The Story The Poppy Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 is sourced from the Sunny Slope and the San Juan vineyards inside the Paso Robles AVA which is also inside the Central Coast AVA of California. Poppy (which is the state flower of California) is a brand started in 2003 by the Silva Family who has 45 years' experience in the wine trade. I chose to write about this wine for a couple of reasons, first, the Paso Robles AVA is a terrific place to...

Duration:00:12:02

Anna de Codorníu Brut Rosé Cava

2/11/2020
Anna de Codorníu Brut Rosé The Story The Anna de Codorníu Brut Rosé Cava is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay sourced from estate vineyards near the town of Lleida in the Cava D.O. of northeast Spain (near Barcelona). A typical Cava uses the three indigenous grapes, Macabeo, Xarello, and Parelada, but since this is a Rose' and Red grapes skins are needed to get the pink coloration so traditional Champagne grapes are substituted. The Cordorniu company has a great tradition. They...

Duration:00:10:28

Meringue Chardonnay Edna Valley 2018

2/7/2020
Meringue Chardonnay Edna Valley 2018 The Story The Meringue Chardonnay Edna Valley 2018 is a $7.99 Trader Joe's exclusive sourced from the Edna Valley AVA which is located south of Paso Robles along the Pacific Ocean coast inside the Central Coast AVA of California. Edna Valley may not be the best known AVA in California but it has an excellent reputation for producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. Single AVA wines rarely sell in regular retail wine shops for under ten bucks or maybe more...

Duration:00:10:20