Down Under

"The popularity of Australian chardonnays, combined with the availability of high quality wine at a super value price, make this is a natural for consumers and the trade." explained Franzia. "Down Under by Crane Lake has a fruit forward, crisp, clean taste in the Australian style." It’s not rocket science: Just good fruit made into a clean, zippy wine with fresh-fruit tastes. Wall Street Journal, July 25, 2009 – Description from ccasel

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  • Sauvignon

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Rckr, this white was dry but not overly dry. We just finished the bottle after coming back from dinner. This had flavors of slightly under ripe peach, a bit of lemon and a touch of something floral, more like a nice grenache blanc but with a bit more fruit.  There was also some nice salinity and a decent amount of acid, would definitely revisit ... Read More

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  • With the Ring Cycle over and done with, this weekend has it's own excitement.  Tonight we celebrated Sandra's parents 60th wedding anniversary.  They even had a long-time friend that knew them before their wedding (and attended the wedding in CA) come down from New York with the help of her son.  We hosted a big family gathering at Maggiano's he... Read More

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  • Never back down from a challenge right?  Have you ever tried Easton Amador County or Dry Creek Heritage Vines Sonoma County?  Modest, usually under or around $20 and good for the grill. Paul Read More

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  • Being a fan of Jolie-Laide and being that we have been drinking a lot of whites and rosés of late I bit on this and got a Pinot Gris, 4 Rosé and 4 of the Keep as well as restocked on Belharra Rosé. Nice to get the 5% locals discount which drops the price below winery release. I like the girls at ACME. They always have new, interesting things to ... Read More

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  • Sandra said we are surrounded by Ring nuts.  These operas are all sung in German, and there are surtitles in English though but of course you must look up to see them so it can become a pain in the neck at times.  The opera has been done with an American theme, so Valhalla is like a corporate tower and my favorite scene so far was last night (Th... Read More

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  • Hey thanks guys.  I'm just not the type to come on here and talk about it.  I appreciate the condolences however.Fox, I was a bona fide basket-case already!  I use that damn knife every day.  I had just put a brand new blade in. The problem was the force I was using on a little piece of hard plastic trim.  It slipped instead of cutting and the f... Read More

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  • I've been really bad about posting updates on the house. Structurally, we are finished, and all the walls are painted and floors finished. We have stairs, about to have our big Tansu thing in the middle of them, And we've got a dining room that seats twenty pretty easily.  Maybe more.  (Didn't OT say all that garden building was making him lose ... Read More

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  • Kilikanoon Shiraz Killerman's Run 2012

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    One of my favorites from down under. Kilikanoon is a long time quality producer and I can get them at a reasonable price. Lush fruit, velvety and succulent this traps the drinker into sip after sip. Mellow tannins marry well spice and the acidity to give a full and dynamic finish. 2 in a row from Aussie land. Well done - Paul 90 points Read More

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  • DMCKER - Agreed, there are many subtleties to this question. my response above was about less expensive wines that drink well now and can potentially age for 3-5 years.  I've done it with those wines. I think to limit the conversation to just Cali cabs is to narrow.  Any varietal - be it syrah, merlot, petit sirah, blends (Rhone or otherwise) et... Read More

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  • Utter, unmitigated rubbish, not to put too fine a point on it.Chablis has been a hotbed of oak vs steel controversy for three decades now (notice that's only the tip of the iceberg in historical terms for the region--before that, plenty of oak). Major figures lead the attack from both sides of the divide, trying to make names for themselves. At ... Read More

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  • Not at this time. I would really appreciate it if you would let me know which store sells the Down Under Chardonnay. Thanks!!!

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  • What store carries the Down Under chardonnay? I'd like to try it!!

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