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Stuck on Lodi again.

Cline Lodi Zinfandel 2013 photographed by Jerry Hall on Winewaves & More.
  • Lodi is the "Zinfandel capital of the world" and where Robert Mondavi grew up. The reds tend to be big and hedonistic, ready to drink, and usually great values. So yes it's easy to get stuck on Lodi Zin such as Cline's, paired with a turkey meatball and marinara bagel pizza.
  • Full feature | Posted 2016-08-24.
  • Tags: #redwine | #california | #zinfandel | #spaghettiwine | #burgerwine

Something Blue.

Cuvée Mousseux Blanc de Bleu California sparkling wine photographed by Jerry Hall on Winewaves & More.
  • The particular tint of blue is achieved naturally with blueberry extract and makes Blanc de Bleu a celebration in a bottle. In our case, we raised a toast to two birthdays in the house today. This is clever and really well done for the price.
  • Full feature | Posted 2016-08-22.
  • Tags: #california | #bubbly

Sculpin spotted locally.

Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin photographed by Jerry Hall on Winewaves & More.
  • Last November Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ) purchased 19-year-old San Diego-based Ballast Point Brewing for a reported $1 billion. This month, the renowned beers started hitting Nashville shelves. I tasted their flagship Sculpin IPA and variants Grapefruit and Pineapple for the first time and they deserve the accolades. Pineapple Sculpin is my favorite.
  • Full feature | Posted 2016-08-18.
  • Tags: #california | #ipa

Castle Brands stock in season?

Castle Brands 5-year stock chart by Yahoo Finance on Winewaves & More.
  • As a long-term long investor in Castle Brands, symbol ROX, I've been somewhat disappointed. Their brand portfolio includes Jefferson's bourbon, Gosling's Black Seal rum and non-alcohol Ginger Beer, Boru Vodka, Pallini liqueurs, Knappogue Castle and Clontarf Irish whiskys and more. After peaking at just over $2 in November 2014, the stock then entered a bear market and has recently been stuck in a trading range between 70 cents and a dollar. Timing suggests there may be an opportunity in this name between now and mid-November. It's an interesting risk-reward set-up, bearing in mind that it is a high-risk, high-volatility, low-liquidity situation.
  • Full feature | Posted 2016-08-18.
  • Tags: #business

Naparoma.

Ca' Momi Napa Valley Merlot 2014 photographed by Jerry Hall on Winewaves & More.
  • "Sideways" (2004) may have caused Merlot to lose favor as Paul Giamatti's character Miles famously said, "No, if anyone orders Merlot, I'm leaving." But Napa Merlot strikes me as a very smart move because when it's good, it's great, and the prices can be quite attractive. Ca' Momi Napa Valley Merlot 2014 opens with ripe dark fruit aromas, spice and perfectly roasted oak notes that bring back memories of Napa tasting rooms. This is exactly what we're looking for.
  • Full feature | Posted 2016-08-17.
  • Tags: #redwine | #california | #merlot | #steakwine | #napa

The Aragon Express.

Evodia Aragon Grenache 2014 photographed by Jerry Hall on Winewaves & More.
  • Aragon is located in the north of Spain, from the Pyrenees to the Iberian plateau. Garnacha is widely grown and can make big wines that are uniquely expressive of this area. Evodia 2014 is deliciously affordable, fruit forward and looking for a bite to eat.
  • Full feature | Posted 2016-08-15.
  • Tags: #redwine | #spain | #burgerwine | #grenache

Organic Bordeaux Rosé bargain.

Les Hauts De Lagarde Bordeaux Rosé photographed by Jerry Hall on Winewaves & More.
  • With the current high popularity of rosé wines, you have to really look for a bargain. I wouldn't have expected to find it in Bordeaux, much less an organic selection. Les Hauts De Lagarde Bordeaux Rosé 2015 has the best sensibilities of a Bordeaux blend, fresh, flavorful and food-friendly.
  • Full feature | Posted 2016-08-15.
  • Tags: #rosewine | #france | #seafoodwine | #chickenwine | #organic

Secret agent Cab.

Alias Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 photographed by Jerry Hall on Winewaves & More.

Refreshing change of grapes:
Clarksburg Viognier.

The White Knight Clarksburg Viognier 2014 photographed ny Jerry Hall on Winewaves & More.
  • Clarksburg isn't too well known as a wine growing area and doesn't appear on many wine labels but maybe it should. Wines from here offer excellent value. The White Knight Viognier is a peachy, minerally, refreshing change of grapes. Super aromatic, you want to keep your nose in the glass after it's empty.
  • Full feature | Posted 2016-08-08.
  • Tags: #whitewine | #california | #viognier | #seafoodwine

Steak and a Show.

The Show Mendoza Malbec 2014 and California Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 photographed by Jerry Hall on Winewaves & More.
  • Any of the red grapes of Bordeaux can play the lead in a one-man show depending on where and how they are grown. Here Charles Bieler, Joel Gott and Roger Scommenga (aka the Three Thieves) present two similar and recommended steak wines from the same vintage, different grapes and hemispheres. The labels are a collaboration with Hatch Show Print begun in 2005.
  • Full feature | Posted 2016-08-05.
  • Tags: #steakwine | #nashville | #redwine | #california | #cabernetsauvignon | #malbec | #argentina

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