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Oddero Barbera D’Alba and Velo Malbec top picks of the week

Oddero Barbera D’Alba 2009 – $14.99 at KL Wines
We had the good fortune of visiting this winery and meeting the owner Giacomo Oddero in October of 2011. The winery is one of the most respected names in the Piemonte region of Italy. For $14.99 you are not going to find a better Barbera D’Alba wine. This wine has an earthy undertone that resonates throughout, along with beautiful cherry flavors. The acidity is just right, and I can easily say that this wine will make a terrific food match with tomato and mushroom-based meals. What a delight! 89 Points.

Giacomo Oddero



Velo 2010 Malbec – $12.99 at Weimax in Burlingame
No, this is not a Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. The wine is produced from a small winery in Southern Oregon by the name of Velocity Wine Cellars. The winemaker is Gus Janeway. On our recent trip to Oregon we were delighted to find so many small family- run wineries throughout Southern Oregon making wonderful, handcrafted wines at reasonable prices. This Velo Malbec is an example of such a wine. This wine is lively and fruity, medium in body, with a touch of spice. It is a great pick by proprietor Gerald Weisel of Weimax. Gerald states “You won’t mistake this Rogue Valley red for a flat, mass-produced, factory wine from Argentina.” He is right; this is a vastly different and scrumptious Malbec. We will rate this wine at 88 Points.

Velo Malbec 2010

Amazon to launch wine sales

Amazon has apparently reached agreements with more than 100 wineries in California to begin wine sales on the Amazon website this November. Because the state laws for shipping wine are so different among the 50 states, it will be a daunting task for Amazon to make this successful. I can’t wait to see what they offer and how their prices will compare to what is available at wine shops.

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