Wine Reviews and Topics

2009 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza 2009
2009 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza

2009 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza 2009

I love Rioja wines.  To me, it is Spain in a bottle.   I like it is a wine that appeals to all types of wine drinkers.  I love they let it mature in the barrel.  When you open a bottle, it just needs to breathe a bit; it rarely needs decanting.  To quote the late great Orson Welles, “Good wine”–<heavy breath, the dude was wicked overweight>–“takes time.” –<dramatic pause>.

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2016 Orin Swift Machete California Red Blend
2016 Machete California Red Blend

2016 Orin Swift Machete California Red Blend

I was talking to one of my fellow wine-lover friends a couple of months back, and she was raving about a California Red Blend called Orin Swift Machete.  She said it was one of the best wines she has ever had.  Knowing her taste palate tends to bold, in-your-face wines. Realizing my wife likes the same wine style, I bought a few bottles.

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2016 Block & Tackle Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 Block & Tackle Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Block & Tackle Cabernet Sauvignon

I love great “value” wines. For a wine drinker, there are few things better than buying a low-cost bottle of wine, opening it, and having it surprise you, outpacing its cost with good flavor and quality. The 2016 Block & Tackle Cabernet Sauvignon did exactly that for me. I bought this wine at a local wine shop (shout out to Sunset and Vine in Blowing Rock, NC for this selection.  Support your local wine shop!). My wife was grilling out some spicy jalapeno burgers. My cab stock was low, so I picked up this bottle for $16 to pair with our meal.

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Tuscany: Bad Backs, Bad Roads and Bad Drivers
Vineyard in Greve, Tuscany

Tuscany: Bad Backs, Bad Roads and Bad Drivers

I have a bad back.  I would love to say it was due to an old football injury or the result of saving an old lady from a burning building, but the truth of it is I’m just an overweight computer geek.  Bad backs are as much a part of our DNA as comic books and Monty Python quotes.

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