Final Thoughts

This will be my final post, so it’s a doozy. Scroll all the way down the page to see each portion.

Touring Bronco Wine Co.

I got the chance to see where Charles Shaw is bottled and shipped from in Napa. Here are the highlights:

Fred Franzia is a simple man. He drives from his home in the Central Valley to Napa in an old truck with a ton of miles. He calls his workers a “hell of an asset”. He has delivered more than 500 million CASES of two buck chuck through one distribution channel, Trader Joe’s.
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Farmstead Cheeses and Wines

I love the personal attention you get when you walk into a small wine shop. You end up talking to very knowledgeable, friendly, and passionate people. That’s something you don’t really get when you shop at larger chain stores. I missed that for the last year or so, as I’ve been sent a lot of press samples and purchased my wine mainly from Trader Joe’s or Costco, which do provide good values, but do lack what I just described.
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Review: Octavin – Monthaven Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet

Octavin Package with Monthaven WineWould you drink from a plastic bag? What if a piece of cardboard with pretty lettering was wrapped around it? Most people would answer no, but guess what? If you have ever purchased a fountain soda, you’ve done just that. That syrup concoction that gets mixed with carbonation just before being pumped out of a pretty plastic dispenser is a cheap and efficient way to hide the original packaging and deliver a product people pay for. Now what about in the wine world? Continue reading

Free Tickets to Bay Area Wine Event Dark and Delicious

Do you love wine? Do you love free wine? How about free wine and free food that also tastes good? I have available 2 free tickets for you and a friend to attend the “PS I Love You’s Dark & Delicious Event” in Alameda on Friday, February 18th from 6-9pm. The event will be showcasing petite syrah from 40 different wineries and serving food from 30 different producers. Normally, tickets are $63 each!

More details can be found here and here


Dark and Delicious 2011
Rock Wall Wine Company
2301 Monarch Street
Alameda, CA 94501-7509
February 18, 2011 6PM – 9PM


Simply add a comment to this post with your name and you will be entered. I will randomly select a winner next week.


One entry per person please. Open to U.S. residents only. The winner will be announced next week, randomly chosen posts from the comments section of this page! Click the photo below for more details.

Disclaimer: These tickets are being provided to me for free from the PR company putting on the event. Sure I could have taken them for myself, but what fun would that be? Maybe I’ll buy a couple tickets and join you!

Dark and Delicious Flyer 2011

Winexpression to Close

I must fly away to another flowerAfter almost 8 years, I have decided that my Wine Blogging journey has come to an end. Thanks to all the readers, PR staff, and fellow wine bloggers that supported me through this journey. I have a few posts to finish up and will explain a bit more, but basically this forum has run it’s course in my life and I am ready to move on. I have valued the feedback I have received and thank you all for your support. Stay tuned for a few more posts with the most valuable wine lessons I’ve learned, tips for wine bloggers, and some final reviews and notes from recent tastings I have attended.



Review: Milagro Reposado and 1800 Select Silver 100 proof

What makes for a delicious tequila? Is it the complexity, smoothness, or its mix-ability? Certainly all of these are factors, and a well crafted example will excel in these areas. But is there something more? Does the taste take you away, perhaps connecting you with a cherished memory? Is the lingering flavor on your tongue something you want to return to? This is the goal of every drink manufacturer, to harness your neural senses and begin brand loyalty.

Personally, I feel that tequila can have a place amongst the single malts and Cognacs of the world. Who would think that a lowly cactus from a humble country could produce a high quality spirit? It is possible, and some brands hit these high marks. I was recently sent a couple different tequilas, let’s see how they fare. Continue reading

Review – Bin 36 Wine from Chicago Restaurant/Wine Bar

Bin 36 - First Wine Release

Bin 36, an acclaimed Chicago Restaurant, Wine Bar, and Market, has done what a lot of Restaurants do: offer a wine with their name on it that is produced by an established winery (in this case Hahn Estates from the Central Coast of California). It’s good marketing, and importantly, a good way to control the quality and pricing of some of the wines on the list.

But are these wines any good? I was sent the latest release line up so let’s find out.

2009 Bin 36 Sauvignon Blanc – Dry Creek Valley, CA
ABV: 13.9%
Price: $16
Notes: The nose isn’t quite all there for me but perhaps it will open up with a little air. The palate offers bright and crisp flavors of green apple and lemon peel. Good acid with a fresh citrus finish.
Score: 86pts (B)

2007 Bin 36 Pinot Noir – Monterey, CA
ABV: 14.5%
Price: $26
Notes: This Pinot is beautiful in color and offers earthy aromas like mushroom, mineral, and a touch of cherry. Well balanced on the tongue with a light to medium bodied weight. A nice clean finish.
Score: 88pts (B+)

2006 Bin 36 Zinfandel – California
ABV: 14.2%
Price: $16
Notes: This is a very nice all around wine with good blackberry and blueberry aromas with a touch of tar that lead into a medium bodied mouth feel with a very nice finish. Food friendly and well done.
Score: 90pts (A-)

2007 Bin 36 Cabernet Sauvignon – California
ABV: 14.5%
Price: $16
Notes: This is a nice well rounded cab with a nose that is full of fresh summer berries, plum, and a touch of mint. Leads into a nice taste on the palate that is full bodied with chewy tannins on the finish.
Score: 88pts (B+)

All these wines are well made and show the fine reputation that Hahn has made for itself over the years. I like the label design, it’s got some character. Try a bottle and let me know what you think.

Full disclosure: These wines were sent to me as press samples for review.

How Much Does Wine Actually Cost?

What are the costs in producing a bottle of wine?
What are the costs in producing a bottle of wine?
What are the costs in producing a bottle of wine?

This inforgraphic reveals the actual cost of the materials used to make a bottle of wine, but fails to take into account everything else, like the overhead of the winery including building/office cost, staff salaries and benefits, marketing, distribution mark up, taxes, and so on. However, it does reveal how all these years Continue reading

Winners Announced for Week of September 20th Contest

Congratulations to Ciara and Naomi! I’ll be emailing both of you with a list of books you can choose from.
Now how can you win this week?

The Contest

Just leave a comment below with your favorite type of music or a specific song you like to listen to when you drink wine.

The Rules

One entry per person please. Comments will be closed after October 4th, and a winner will be chosen at random and announced next week.