De Morgenzon 2011 DMZ Syrah: Dark and Earthy from Stellenbosch

South Africa is one region I’ve had so little of, a real shame as good friends of ours are right smitten with the region. They’ve both traveled there and have fallen in love with the country and its wines. I make a point of providing a South African wine whenever we’re sharing a meal together. This one is…

Liberty School Zinfandel 2012: a Hope Family Wine

I do most of my wine learning by reading online content. I have a some favourite tried-and-true writers but it is nice once in awhile seek out new and fresh perspectives. Recently I stumbled upon the blog of Canadian wine writer Krista Lamb. I enjoy her style of writing, a mix of stories and reviews, a style…

Herencia Altes Terra Alta Garnatxa Negra: Grenache from Spain

There are thousands of grape varieties in the world and getting to know their names is a big hurdle in learning about wine. We tend towards ones that are familiar, shying away from the odd ones we know nothing about. There are the simple typical ones like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Chardonnay. Then there are…

Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

In the pursuit of good valued California Cabernet Sauvignon I picked this up to try out. Being $16.00 I didn’t have high hopes for it’s quality, but in the end it turned out to be quite enjoyable. Most of the California Cabernet Sauvignons we’ve had to date have been more savoury than fruity, but this one is…

Beringer Founders’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Beringer Vineyards is one of the oldest wineries in California having been established in 1868 by the Beringer brothers. Originally from Germany they moved to the Napa Valley when they heard it was ideally suited for growing grapes similar to their birthplace. Though the winery has now been owned by several different companies it still…

Bodegas Santa Ana Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 La Mascota

Argentina is most famous for its production of Malbec wines. They do a great job of producing fruity and approachable Malbec that most people find very drinkable. I’ve had my share and have a few favorites I shall write about, but this wine is not one of them. This is a Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza….

Predator Old Vine Zinfandel 2012

About a year and a half ago we had a bad experience with a few bottles of Zinfandel. They were poorly put together wines and did not taste good. I have a note from the time in my book saying “STOP BUYING ZINFANDEL”, and we did. Till now. I’ve done a bit of reading on…

Vampire Vineyards Chardonnay 2012

Around here we really like Chardonnay. I’ve read all about “Anything But Chardonnay” and how it is overdone and “passé“, but we don’t care about that and are in a quest to find the best Chardonnay at the right price. So I’ll be posting a lot of it on my blog. I guess the real reason…