Ken Wright Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015
For lovers of Pinot Noir, there is an ever-present tussle of great quality vs. reasonable price. As was thoroughly established in Chapter 46 of "The Wine Bargain Sleuth," it is not difficult to cut that equation too thin in favor of bargain price, with the results often an abject disaster. However, as many of you savvy wine sleuths have discovered, even in the rarefied air of Willamette Valley Oregon Pinots,... Read MorePosted by Len Musgrove, Admin The Wine Bargain Sleuth on 2018-Aug-Sat
Justin Isosceles 2014
So, fellow sleuths, you have a big milestone coming up, say your birthday or perhaps a meaningful wedding anniversary. You are a Big Red drinker and have made a decision to grab a bottle of something out of the ordinary and even extraordinary. However, your budget is not unlimited (have to save your hard-earned bucks for flowers or some other goodies for your significant other!). The solution? This one is easy--the Justin... Read MorePosted by Len Musgrove, Admin The Wine Bargain Sleuth on 2018-May-Sun
Tangley Oaks Lot 12 Chardonnay 2015 (Mendocino)
Many White Wine fans simply prefer a Chardonnay to a Sauvignon Blanc or other Whites. However, finding a delicious Chard that doesn't badly bruise your Mastercard can be a real challenge. The Sleuth has a great suggestion for this month: the Tangley Oaks Lot 12 Chardonnay 2015 from Mendocino in Northern California. As compared to a great number of similarly priced Chards (the Tangley Oaks Lot 12 2015 retails for just $15), this Value... Read MorePosted by Len Musgrove, Admin The Wine Bargain Sleuth on 2018-Apr-Fri
Vina Santa Ema Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2015
Chile's reputation as a wine producing country to be reckoned with is growing quickly. This month's Value Wine No. 1 is a great example. I have previously sampled other modestly priced Cab Sav offerings of Vina Santa Ema and came away impressed in each instance. Apparently so was Wine Spectator when its tasters sampled the Vina Santa Ema Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2015 from Maipo Valley. Not many Value Wines are impressive enough to make the Wine Spectator Top 100... Read MorePosted by Len Musgrove, Admin The Wine Bargain Sleuth on 2018-Mar-Sun
Chateau Tessendey, Fronsac 2014
New and casual consumers of French wines are often confused as to the lack of obvious varietal information typically set forth on a French bottle, which instead labels the wine by region. The fact that the Champagne region of France produces classic sparkling wine is obvious, but less clear are the varietals of wines that typically are grown in regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire Valley and Provence, for... Read MorePosted by Len Musgrove, Admin The Wine Bargain Sleuth on 2017-Nov-Sat
Fabre Montmayou Malbec Gran Reserva Mendoza 2013
As the crisp, cool fall weather takes over from the scorching heat of summer, my desire for Big Reds wakes up from its temporary slumber. As readers of The Wine Bargain Sleuth know, I am always on the lookout for new Value Wines that drink like much higher priced bottles, leaving a favorable lasting impression of quality. Last night while celebrating a birthday with good friends, I came across just... Read MorePosted by Len Musgrove, Admin The Wine Bargain Sleuth on 2017-Oct-Sun
Trivento Cabernet-Malbec Mendoza Reserve 2013
One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling to new locales is the opportunity to try great new wines that one has not previously enjoyed. A recent family vacation to idyllic Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic afforded just such an opportunity to try a terrific Argentinian wine -- the Trivento Cabernet-Malbec Mendoza Reserve 2013. The very definition of a food friendly Value Wine, the Trivento Big Red contains... Read MorePosted by Len Musgrove, Admin The Wine Bargain Sleuth on 2017-Jul-Tue
Lamborn Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (Howell Mountain)
There are a fair number of Napa Valley Cab enthusiasts that swear by the intense, concentrated fruit grown within the Howell Mountain AVA, just east of St. Helena on the Valley floor. I recently had the opportunity to meet proprietor Mike Lamborn and his lovely wife and partner Terry. After a fascinating discussion of Mike's background and the evolution of his winery from a farming operation (Mike was the third operation... Read MorePosted by Len Musgrove, Admin The Wine Bargain Sleuth on 2017-May-Thu
Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Without a doubt, the State of Washington is producing some terrific wines, and you savvy wine sleuths should definitely pay heed. Exhibit A is the Columbia Crest 2013 Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, which is an delicious medium-bodied Cab that is widely distributed. I picked up hints of cocoa, blueberries and blackberries, with a noticeable but delicious oak overtone. Not overly tannic, this is an everyday Cab that can be served... Read MorePosted by Len Musgrove, Admin The Wine Bargain Sleuth on 2017-Apr-Sun
Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot 2014
Looking for a new house Big Red that impresses your savvy wine buddies but still leaves a few quid in your pocket from a $20? The great state of Washington and one of its shining wine stars, Chateau Ste. Michelle provides this month's answer in the form of its Indian Wells Merlot 2014. A full-bodied but lush expression of Merlot, the taste profile for the Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells... Read MorePosted by Len Musgrove, Admin The Wine Bargain Sleuth on 2017-Mar-Tue
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It strikes me that there is no better time to discuss great Cabernet Sauvignon than the beginning of a new year. The cooler weather of the winter season is affords a perfect opportunity to enjoy the robust flavor of your favorite Cabs. Accordingly, this month’s Chapter will list of some of our favorite Cabernets for your enjoyment: the official Wine Bargain Sleuth 2014 Top Five Worth a Splurge Cabernet Sauvignons for $35 and Under list!
Greetings and salutations! I know what you are thinking as you read this month’s Chapter. You’re thinking, “How in the wide world of sports can it already be the week of Thanksgiving? Wasn’t I just handing out sweet treats to cutely costumed ankle biters a couple of days ago?” And you’re also thinking, “Ruh, Roh, I haven’t done my heroic wine acquisitions for the traditional Thanksgiving feast—I have to get on that—and now!”
I managed a few of thoughts of my own and formulated my theory of just what makes a Wine Snob. Does having a discerning taste in wine make one a Wine Snob? Hardly. Does the thirst (pun intended) to learn about new and different wines make one a Wine Snob? I think not.
How can you maximize the odds that special bottles will reward your sacrifice and patience rather than tasting like last month’s vinegar when uncorked?
Assuming for discussion’s sake that you do not have a cave handy, then a cool basement, a dedicated wine cellar or a wine refrigerator may all be possibilities for your cellar.
Save Water —- Drink Wine!
We have carefully attempted to identify very good (and even great) wines that set themselves apart from the herd each month, but we don’t necessarily just try to identify the least expensive wines. Heck, that would be cheating. Besides, as you wine sleuths are well aware, Life is Too Damned Short to Drink Bad Wine!
Greetings and salutations! Believe it or not, kids, what still vaguely seems like a new year is more than halfway to 2014. Is it me, or is the…
Greetings and salutations! June, sweet June! The kids are out of school, my rapidly deteriorating math homework skills are placed securely on the back shelf, the grass is…
Peeling Back the Curtain: One of the most enjoyable parts of taking on the commitment of writing The Wine Bargain Sleuth is the many conversations I have had with friends and wine experts about their favorite wines, varietals and ideas.
Italy has led the world in wine production for the past three years, with 2012’s total being a whopping 40.8 million hectoliters produced. Even more relevant to Americans, Italy is the number one exporter of wines to our country. Yet many of us in the United States (along with everyone in France!) still consider France to be the wine leader of the world.
Greetings and salutations! Happy New Year and welcome to these the ‘Teens. Many of us wine lovers have started wine collections, large and small. Yes!! I am feeling…
Greetings and salutations! If you are reading this then you, like your friendly Wine Bargain Sleuth, have made it through yet another exciting year. The Thanksgiving and December…
If you were clever enough to beg off from cooking the annual feast for your friends/family/spousal unit, then the least you could do is bring a great complementary wine to the big bird! So, what are you planning to bring in order to complement the cornucopia of rich, wonderful foods of Thanksgiving?
First and foremost, wine pairs most wonderfully with food. If you receive a dinner party invitation to an event that you know will be BYOB, a polite inquiry as to what is being served for dinner is a good way to narrow down your quest for that perfect bottle to bring.