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Jun 4, 2011 at 5:57pm
Added Jun 4, 2011 at 5:57pmIt’s not clear that this is actually a Gamay. K&L bills it as a Cab Franc. No matter. It’s so tannic and green, you’d swear you were chewing on the grape stems. There’s also a bit of secondary fermentation. OK. Fizzy reds. They’re all the rage these days at Trader Joe’s. But it’s so sublte, it comes across as, well, *flawed* rather than intentional. Ah well. There’s a twenty down the drain. Beware bargain reds from France.
May 20, 2011 at 12:57am
Added May 20, 2011 at 12:57amAnother bargain bubbly from Italy. Neutral in both color and flavor, there’s just a hint of the usual Prosecco flavors. A real bargain at anything less than $10.
Jul 30, 2010 at 1:05pmCompare and Buy
Average Price: $21.69
Added Jul 30, 2010 at 1:05pmYou haven't had a proper martini until you've had one made with a proper vermouth. The Quady Dry Vya works well with neutral spirits like Boodles gin or Monopolowa vodka. It's so good, in fact, you could just drink it on the rocks.
Feb 7, 2010 at 12:20am
Added Feb 7, 2010 at 12:20amFrance fires back at the New Zealand Sauv Blanc bargains. This one cost me $13.50, which is about the same as an Oyster Bay or Kim Crawford. This one wins.
Dec 12, 2009 at 1:34pm
Quady Essensia 375 2007Compare and Buy
Average Price: $14.99
Added Dec 12, 2009 at 1:34pmI may be a little biased about Quady since I know the family and poured for them at a couple of wine expos. That said, I honestly believe that Quady is what good dessert wines ought to be: nuanced, fun, sweet – but not cloyingly so. Essensia in particular is consistently good across multiple vintages, including 2007. It pairs well with butternut squash pie, bread pudding, vanilla ice cream and just about anything chocolate. It's on a par with the best French and Spanish equivalents without the sticker shock. I have yet to encounter an oxidized bottle. That @bobs1 did is unfortunate, but not representative of the vintage or the winery as a whole.
Nov 16, 2009 at 4:42pm
Added Nov 16, 2009 at 4:42pm
Oct 13, 2009 at 12:38pm
Added Oct 13, 2009 at 12:38pmEver notice how your friends ask you if they should save the $10 bottle you just got them for a special occasion? What a silly people we Americans are. We think all wines are like this one—outrageously expensive and inaccessible when, in fact, there are a lot of great wines in our market that are cheaper per fl oz than a microbrew. This is not one of them. It is a great wine—subtle, soft, smooth, a touch of oak and spice, a touch of fruit—but I hesitate to recommend it for anything but the most special of occasions. Weighing in at well over $100, the law of diminishing returns applies in spades.
Jul 3, 2009 at 4:46pm
Added Jul 3, 2009 at 4:46pmSo many wines in store refrigerators are put there without consideration. My local wine and cheese snob shop, on the other hand, has a knack for picking the best values from their selection. Domaine Des Cassagnoles is their most recent and outstanding choice. Pairs well with summertime vegetables or chicken. At less than $10, this is a French superstar.
May 16, 2009 at 12:15pm
Defaix Chablis White 2006
Added May 16, 2009 at 12:09pmIf not careful, two people may be induced to drink the whole bottle before stopping to observe anything more than "dry" and "tasty".
Mar 21, 2009 at 9:03pmCompare and Buy
Average Price: $17.99
Added Mar 21, 2009 at 8:57pmTerroir, or the sense that a good wine tastes like the place it was grown, expresses itself in the form of earthy, mineral qualities rather than fruits or tannins—like the difference between good water and bad water. In this case, the mineral taste is so much stronger than all the other flavors, it's difficult to tell whether SEPP is a sophisticated or just a little off.