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CHAPTER 22: GREAT VALUE CABERNETS!

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!

CHAPTER 21: WHAT ARE YOU SERVING FOR THANKSGIVING?

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!”

CHAPTER 20: WHAT IS A WINE SNOB?

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.

CHAPTER 19: FUNDAMENTALS OF STORING AND PRESERVING WINE

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!

Save Water —- Drink Wine!

CHAPTER 18: WHEN IS WINE A VALUE?

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!

CHAPTER 17: SUMMER’S HERE—TIME FOR A WINE DINNER!

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…

CHAPTER 16: A BUCKET LIST WINE TRIP

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…

Chapter 15: RANDOM WINE THOUGHTS

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.

Chapter 14: VIVA ITALIA!

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.

Chapter 13: WINE COLLECTING THOUGHTS

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…

CHAPTER 12: WINE BUYING FOR YOUR PARTY

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…

Chapter 11: WINE AND THANKSGIVING

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?

Chapter 10: SHOULD I BRING WINE?

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.

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