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Oct 26, 2007 at 1:32pm
Added Jul 9, 2007 at 6:43pmSebeka is a line of South African wines produced for Gallo by the Swartland Winery in the Western Cape province. Sporting yet another critter label, Sebeka wines are adorned with the image of a Cheetah in full flight. There are two whites and three reds, but the pick of the litter is the Sebeka Cape Blend Shiraz-Pinotage 2006. It's easy to drink, with plenty of body and jammy fruit from the Shiraz and a distinctly smoky component on the nose and palate from the Pinotage. Attractively priced at $7, this is a good wine to take to a barbeque, particularly if there's going to be lamb on the grill.
Oct 26, 2007 at 1:31pmCompare and Buy
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Added Jun 28, 2007 at 12:21pmIf you like your Sauvignon Blanc with a bit of grapefruit, it doesn't get much better than the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2006 from Marlborough, New Zealand. This wine is fresh, clean and crisp, and filled with flavors of grapefruit and lime. It's medium-bodied, low in acidity and has a moderate alcohol level of 13 percent -- a good thing, because it's a very easy wine to drink. It usually hits the shelf at just under $20 a bottle, but every now and then it goes on sale for about $15 -- when it does, stock up!
Oct 26, 2007 at 1:16pmCompare and Buy
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Added Jun 28, 2007 at 12:41pmWhat a lovely California Sauv Blanc this is, full of pineapple and melon with a creamy mouthfeel that suggests oak, even though the wine was cold fermented in stainless steel. It's flavorful, refreshing and bone dry, perfect for sipping on the deck or as an accompaniment to chicken or grilled fish. At $10 a bottle, this is a good wine to stock up on for summer.
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Added Jun 28, 2007 at 12:30pmIt just wouldn't be summer without a good Zinfandel to accompany barbequed beef. The Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2005 is the under-$20 Zin I've been pining for over the last few months. This is a terrific wine, with a big, Zinny nose, a full-bodied, dark brambly fruit palate, and a peppery but smooth finish with no unpleasant heat despite its 15.2 percent alcohol content. If you're looking for a satisfying Zin at a reasonable price, this will be a tough one to beat. Here's a shopping tip: Seghesio's Zins are all similarly labeled, but with different colored capsules. The Sonoma designation's capsule is dark blue. Chances are you wouldn't be the least bit disappointed if you ended up with a Seghesio wine that had a different color of capsule, but you'd be surprised at the checkout counter.
Arbanta Rioja 2005
Added Jun 28, 2007 at 12:26pmThe Arbanta Rioja 2005 is a delicious, organically grown, easy-to-drink, all-Tempranillo wine. Finding the vintage is a challenge -- it's on the back of the bottle, in tiny type on the lower right corner of the Rioja certification label. But once you've done that, rest assured that this $10 drinker will reward you with mild tannins and a nose and palate of dark cherries and tea. Drink it by itself, or pair it with roast chicken, burgers or pizza.
Added Jun 28, 2007 at 12:19pmA woman once told me she would never buy a bottle of Toad Hollow Chardonnay because she thought the label was "gross." I guess she didn't like toads. Personally, I don't care much for cherubs — they just look like chubby little game birds to me — but I am a fan of Montes wines. The last couple of vintages of their Montes Alpha Syrah have been knockouts, so I had high hopes for their Montes Cherub Rosé of Syrah 2006. And the Wine Enthusiast seemed to like it well enough: They gave it a 90-point rating and called it "one of the world's best rosés." Label aside, I wasn't disappointed. The nose is delicate and pleasant, and the wine drenches all areas of the palate with flavors of raspberry and concentrated strawberries. A long, pleasant finish follows, with no trace of acidity or bitterness. At $15 a bottle it's among the higher-priced rosés, but in terms of satisfaction it's money well spent. This is a fun wine to drink! Aurelio Montes is apparently a big fan of Ralph Steadman, who designed the Cherub label as well as the one for the Montes Folly Syrah. I like Steadman's work too, but it's usually a lot more edgy than this cherub, which is full-bodied yet light, not as serious as the Montes Alpha trademark angel, and deviod of any edginess — much like the wine, come to think of it....
Added Jun 28, 2007 at 12:13pmIn 1953 Angel Paulucci moved from to Argentina from his native Italy, where his family had been making wine since the early 1800s. Seven years later he planted his first Malbec vines in Mendoza, where he has been perfecting his craft ever since. The La Posta del Viñatero Angel Paulucci Vineyard Malbec 2005 is made of grapes harvested from a vineyard planted in 1970. They produce a rich, mellow, full-bodied wine with cinnamon and a little mint on the nose and a palate of plum and spice, followed by a long, dusty chocolate finish. Its moderate tannins would make it a good match for grilled lamb.
Added Jun 28, 2007 at 12:11pmIf you like 'em big, the Nugan Estate Manuka Grove Vineyard Durif 2004 (Southeastern Australia) is for you. Poured straight from the bottle, you might not think there's anything special about this wine. But give it half an hour in a decanter, and it will reward you with a big, rich nose of vanilla and dark chocolate. It's full and smooth on the palate, with more dark chocolate and ripe, dark berries. The spicy, 30-second finish leaves a lingering flavor of unsweetened baker's chocolate. Even after decanting, the Nugan Durif has enough friendly tannins to stand up to whatever kind of steak you want to pair with it. In our case, it was grilled Porterhouses, and it was a perfect match. A little history: The Durif grape was developed by François Durif, a French botanist at the University of Montpellier, during the late 19th century. While trying to develop a variety resistant to powdery mildew, he crossed the Syrah grape with the Peloursin variety. He succeeded in that, but the his new variety formed such tight bunches of grapes that it was more prone to rot in the climatic conditions of Rhône Valley. However, it is well suited for the drier, sunnier climates of California and Australia. It has long been misidentified as "Petite Syrah," which is a smaller variety of the Syrah grape, and in fact the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms considers Durif and Petite Sirah (the name is spelled in various ways) to be the same grape for labeling purposes.
Added Jun 26, 2007 at 9:41amBarking Mad Shiraz 2005 is a perfectly likable wine, with a very dark color, peppery nose, and smooth, pleasing flavors of dark berry and plum on the palate. It's full-bodied, and has a satisfying mouthfeel and a long finish with just a little heat, due no doubt to its 14.5 percent alcohol content. And at under $15 per bottle, it's a real bargain.
Added Jun 29, 2007 at 11:57amAfter reading that the <b>Charles Shaw California Chardonnay 2005</b> had garnered two gold medals at the California State Fair's commercial wine competition, I figured that I had better try it. Could the ballyhooed-yet-reviled Two-Buck Chuck (actually, it's $3 a bottle in my neighborhood) really be that good? The complete results of the competition won't be released for a couple of weeks, so I don't know which 349 Chardonnays the Shaw was judged superior to. But I do know this: It's a light, clean wine with just a little oak, just a little acid, and maybe a bit of malo. I don't get much from the nose -- a little nectarine, maybe -- but there's definitely apple on the palate and a pleasant, creamy mouthfeel. And the alcohol content is a mere 12.5 percent, which is nice to find in a world where 14.5 is the new 13.6, and "big" is being redefined as someplace north of 15.0. It's not complex, it's not over-the-top, and to my mind it's not exceptional in any way but this: It's good enough to drink just about every day, and inexpensive enough to drink just about every day (or in mass quantities, if that's what floats your boat). Short answer: This is pretty darned good wine, sure enough. It's not going to be a weekend wine for me, -- but at $3 a bottle this vintage could earn a regular spot on the inside of my refrigerator door.