Trivento Select 2007 Syrah


Scored this wine for .99 cents a bottle on clearance and it retails for $17.   I figure i can’t go wrong and pour some through an aerator and am immediately hit with moderate amounts of dill on the nose from the American Oak, a tinge of pleasing perfume and a harmony of concentrated blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, Concord grapes and dried figs.  Good mouthfeel with a slight hint of Earth in the mid palate, this Argentian wine even at $10 would be an absolute steal!    Cheers and keep believin and for the Love of Liberace, KEEP DRINKING!

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Domaine ” La Garrigue” 2005- Cotes Du Rhone


Got this medium bodied, moderate tannin wine at a shop in Goodyear, AZ and am confused about a specific detail.  Even though this wine is referred to as a ” Cotes Du Rhone” with a blend of  65% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, and 10% Syrah, why does the cork lead me to believe this was bottled and has something to do with Appellation Vacqueyas?    Kind of conflicting being that Vacqueyas has been graced it’s own Appellation since 1990 and is no longer regarded as a Cotes Du Rhone and is more heavier Syrah based than Grenache based? Nevertheless, this consistent Cotes Du Rhone has subtle hints of lavender, unsweetened black licorice and a nice frequency of subtle damp earth.  A sturdy Cotes Du Rhone even with all the conflicting, ambiguous information from the cork and overly worded label.  Keep Believing and Keep Drinking.

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Cameron Hughes Lot 239


Went to the Costco in Ventura California yesterday and picked up the Cameron Hughes Lot 239 Meritage from Valle Central , Chile and for $7.99, it’s an absolute steal!   50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Carmenere, this medium bodied wine with a good 45 minutes of decanting has a wonderful sweet nose of red cherry with a hint of juicy fruit, beautiful purple hue and is a very easy sipping wine. A Perfect party wine/ BBQ wine with great universal appeal, this Red is a tremendous value!   Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

Sin City Weekend with Steve Carlson


What an absolutely brilliant and original concept!    Dining, drinking wine, hanging out in an intimate setting with the band you love as they prepare a multi course meal for you and afterwards a private concert.   WOW!      P.S:   Please check out my pages to the the right and download my new album “Greatest and Otherwise”. 

Cameron Hughes Lot 227 2009 Casablanca Pinot Noir


Just went to order some more of the Lot 227 Chilian 2009 Casablanca Pinot Noir and they are seemingly entirely sold out.   😦

I have over the past several months been blessed enough to drink about a half of case of this wonderful wine from the Valparaiso Region located on the Coast of The Atlantic Ocean in Chile and I can’t speak highly enough about this wine.   Every bottle I have had of The Lot 227 from Cameron Hughes has been extremely consistent and whether on its own with a slight chill, with a baked turkey dinner, or paired with a juicy Rib Eye; this Pinot Noirs stellar structure holds up wonderfully!

With a pleasant mouthfeel, nice undertones of earth and dark chocolate in the mid palate accompanied by the  pleasant bouquet of red cherry with a hint of lavender, rose and mint,.  The Lot 227 gets a definite thumbs up and  if you can find it, is an absolutely wonderfully diverse everyday wine!    Happy Memorial Day Weekend and Keep Drinking and Keep Believing!   🙂

Ehlers Merlot


Scored this bottle of 2005 Ehler’s Merlot from St Helena for $20 and was absolutely blown away by what i found. With about 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, this full bodied Meritage blend with a quick zip of herbaceousness in the front pallet is not for the faint hearted. Chewy and filled with flavors of dense cherry, raspberry and blackberry, promising firm smooth tannin in the mid palate that will be perfect in another 2 years and a perfect hint of right bank earth on the nose, even with a just semi memorable finish, this wine for $20 is absolutely massive!   Keep Believing and Keep Drinking.

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AZ Wine, Solace, and South African Shiraz


Went to AZ Wine in Scottsdale AZ last night, which was the place that actually got me hooked on drinking wine and grabbed a nice glass of Dry Creek Valley Zin, making my way to The Tuscany section, settling into solace.  Such a perfect moment it was to be sipping a wonderful glass of vino after a hard days work, perusing fine wines and taking in the awesome surroundings.   After taking in The Tuscany and Piedmont sections and then making my way over to The Northern Rhone, drolling and dreaming deeply for a seemingly forever moment, i was approached by a friendly wine steward and he asked if i would like to try a wine he was given as gift.    🙂

It was a 2007 South African Shiraz that was very rare and it had a bouquet of Earth that was wild, massive and dumbfounding.  It was like barley and wheat on Steroids with a slight undertone of clay and gunflint. South African wines are so hit and miss quality wise, but when they nail it, they are some of the most contemplative, seductive, earthiest wines in the world.   After a glass and half of wonderful wine and daydreaming about anothor world, a world filled with purity and peace, i was on my way again; On my way to experience another moment, another opportunity to appreciate this ultimate gift of Life. 🙂

Cameron Hughes Wine Lot 219


I have had the privilege of working for Cameron Hughes wine for 2 and half years and am excited what the future holds for new Lot series releases.  Really enjoyed the new Lot 219 Monte Rosso, Sonoma Zin.  It was medium body with nice balanced fruit and stylistically not a ” jammy” zin. Firm with a hint of tannin.  Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

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