Syrah Taste Off – Fog Head Syrah

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Our Vintage Wine Tasting group met this week for our bimonthly blind tasting of wines in the value and bargain category. For this blind tasting, the focus was Syrah wines from California and under the $20 mark. Vintage Wine Taster Jim C did a … [Continue reading]

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2013

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It is wine sale time at two large wine retailers. BevMo has started up its quarterly BevMo 5 Cent Sale. Is it just a coincidence that the Safeway rolled out its “30% off all wines” at the same time? The Safeway sale also gives an additional 10% … [Continue reading]

Zinfandel at Costco

Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel

This week we review four wines, three of which can be found at Costco and the other at your local supermarket. Zinfandel at Costo Vintage Wine Taster Bruce’s thoughts on two Zins and a CH Wine. At the Foster City Costco I purchased … [Continue reading]

Villa Antinori Tuscana Red 2010 $11.99


In this report we review a Super Tuscan and compare two Arroyo Seco Chardonnay wines. Have you purchased your bubbly for Valentine’s Day yet? If not, I suggest you try the Gruet Rosé for about $14. This is a delightful sparkling wine, perfect for … [Continue reading]

Morse Mourvedre 2008

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In this report we have three wine recommendations, each by a different member of the Vintage Wine Tasting Club. Mike, Joe F, and Joe B each tout a wine at value and bargain pricing. Morse Mourvedre 2008 - $11 Selected Safeway Stores Mike B … [Continue reading]

Two styles of Spanish Tempranillo wines

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Here are two wonderful Spanish Tempranillo wines that are very different in style. One is from the Toro region of Spain and the other from Rioja. Both are 100% Tempranillo wines and both have received 90-Point ratings from wine critics. Spanish … [Continue reading]

Two Cheap Cabernets at Costco

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My last article I rated three different inexpensive wines I had purchased at Costco. This article is about comparing two cheap Cabernet Sauvignon wines from Costco. We tasted the Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon and the Bonterra Cabernet … [Continue reading]

Three Costco Wines

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Last week I purchased five different Costco wines. The three Costco wines below I opened and tasted with dinner. One for sure is a good bargain, the other two maybe not so much a wine value and bargain. Next post I will review the other two wines I … [Continue reading]

Brunello Wine Wars

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Those of you who are regular readers of Wine Values and Bargains know that our Vintage Wine Tasters meet on a regular basis to blind taste wines under the $20 range. But once a year we gather for what we call our “splurge tasting.” At every … [Continue reading]

Two Excellent Rioja Wines

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Spanish wines are among my favorite wines. There are so many good ones to choose from that are under $20. The Spanish wines in this price range are far better than any similarly-priced California wines. We recommend you try these two stunning Rioja … [Continue reading]