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Great Red Wines Under $20: Crusher Growers Selection, Angove McLaren Vale Shiraz, Burletto G.B. Comm. Barbera d’Alba, D’Arenberg d’Arrys Original Shiraz

mclaren vale shiraz grenache 300x247 Great Red Wines Under $20: Crusher Growers Selection, Angove McLaren Vale Shiraz, Burletto G.B. Comm. Barbera d’Alba, D’Arenberg d’Arrys Original ShirazFour Star Red Wines from Swirl

Compiled by Matt Goldstein

For all Droid owners out there, the free Swirl App lists great wines at great values.  From reds to whites of all varieties, the Swirl App lists all of the wine regions, types of wine, flavors and food pairings.  The Swirl app also lets the subscribers to review the wines and locate the closest wine store near you.       

Crusher Growers Selection

 Don Sabatini & Sons, Petite Syrah with Cabernet Sauvignon, Clarksburg, CA

Angove McLaren Vale Shiraz

 Angove Family Winemakers, Mclaren Vale, Australia.  Food Pairings:  Steak & Mushrooms, Wild Game and Stew

Burletto G.B. Comm. Barbera d’Alba

 Piemonte, Italy.

D’Arenberg d’Arrys Original Shiraz

 50% Syrah, 50% Grenache, McLaren Vale Australia

Bodegas Primicia Rioja, Spain

Food Pairings:  Paella, Spicey and BBQ dishes, Pancetta, Mild Blue Cheeses. 

Penley Estate Condor Shiraz-Cabernet

 blend, Limestone Coast, Australia

Thorn-Clarke Shiraz Shotfire

 Barossa Valley, Australia.  Food Pairings: Steak

Achavel-Ferrer Malbe

Mendoza, Argentina.  Food Pairings:  Pate’, Spicey Sausages, Hard Cheeses, Grilled Fish, Pizza, Pasta, Poultry.

Bodegas Y Vinedos Pascual Toso

Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina.  Food Pairings:  Red Meats, Hearty Pasta Dishes, Lamb, Strong Flavored Cheese, Chocolates. 

Eclipse Red Cabernet Franc

 Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon blend, Finger Lakes, NY.  Food Pairings:  Pizza, Lambs, Salmon. 

Source:  Swirl App for the Droid

 

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Featured Wine of the Week: Four Graces Pinot Noir

FourGracPN Featured Wine of the Week: Four Graces Pinot Noir2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

By Paul Reiter

The Four Graces Pinot Noir is a complex dark Pinot Noir with hints of blackberry and forest.  It has a great deep purple and nice effervescence.  The wine is aged for more than 10 months in French Oak barrels, and according to their web site, “the 2008 vintage is a classic vintage with a good balance between fruit and acidity.”  At around $15.00 it’s a must buy!

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Oregon Pinot Noirs Making Major Statements: Domain Drouhin & Archery Summit

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by Paul Reiter

Domain Drouhin:  With family roots in Beaune, the important Bourgnone (Burgundy) city, and a winemaker who splits time between Beaune and the Willamette Valley, just south of Portland, Oregon, Domain Drouhin is turning the US pinot noir reputation from average to amazing.  Portland’s weather is an exact replicate of the Burgundy region of France, where it basically rains year round except for the summer. Summers are hot, without much humidity, with gorgeous rolling hills, and great soil from former volcanic ash.  This leads to amazing berries and grapes, perfect for pinot noir and pinot gris. 

If you see a bottle of the Domain Drouhin Laurene pinot noir at a wine shop near you – get it. It just might be the best pinot noir in America right now. 

archerie summit pinot noir.jpg Oregon Pinot Noirs Making Major Statements: Domain Drouhin & Archery SummitArchery Summit is also producing some truly exquisite pinot noirs now as well.  These wineries are right around the corner from each other and share such similar terroir; it’s incredible how different the bottles can taste. But aside from the grapes there is truly so many other factors that go into wine making; the type of barrels, aging, sugar content, winemaker’s style, etc. 

Grab yourself some Oregon pinot noir and let us know what you think. Other local wineries we recommend are Panther Creek, Adelsheim, Maresh and Natalies Estate.

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2010 Wines of the Year: Lan Rioja Crianza, Domaine St. Michelle, Fetzer Chardonnay, Parallele 45 Rose, LAN Rioja Crianza, Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon, Clean Slate Reisling

wine trials 2010 hr 187x300 2010 Wines of the Year: Lan Rioja Crianza, Domaine St. Michelle, Fetzer Chardonnay, Parallele 45 Rose, LAN Rioja Crianza, Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon, Clean Slate ReislingWine Trial Champions: The Best Wines Under $15

Compiled By Matt Goldstein

2010 Wine of the Year: Lan Rioja Crianza Spain, $12

Sparkling: Domaine St. Michelle, USA, $12

Light White: Aveleda Fonte Vinho Verde, Portugal, $7

Heavy White: Fetzer Chardonnay, USA, $9

Rose: Parallele 45 Rose, France, $13

Light Red: LAN Rioja Crianza, Spain, $12

Heavy Red: Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, $15

Sweet: Clean Slate Reisling, Germany, $11

The wines listed above have been selected as the 2010 Wine Trial champions. All 7 wines were put through rigorous blind taste testing that included sommelier’s, chefs, wine stewards, and cellar masters. The wines competed against “premium” wines sometimes 5-10 times their price. All of the champion wines are under $16! The book, 2010 Wine Trials, by Robin Goldstein & Alexis Herschkowitsch breaks down hundreds of wines and proves that there is no need to spend more than a few dollars to get a great wine experience.

lan rioja crianza 300x300 2010 Wines of the Year: Lan Rioja Crianza, Domaine St. Michelle, Fetzer Chardonnay, Parallele 45 Rose, LAN Rioja Crianza, Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon, Clean Slate Reisling

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