Category Archives: Bargain Wines

Sneak Preview WoW: Lello Tinto 2009, Douro, $8

This Wine of the Week is a real “WoW”! The Lello Tinto 2009 from Portugal’s magnificent Douro Valley is the best Douro wine I’ve tasted under $10. The 2009 is better even that previous vintages. If price has kept you … Continue reading

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Worth Reading This Week: Yes, Wine Enthusiast, there IS a Virginia!

Here’s what’s up this week in wine: Wine Enthusiast has discovered that Virginia is for Wine Lovers. The magazine has anointed the Old Dominion as one of the 10 best wine regions in the world to visit. Quite a coup, … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview Wine: Little James’ Basket Press 2010 Viognier-Sauvignon Blanc

Now that the holiday splurge is over, it’s probably time to be looking again at bargains in the wine aisles. Here is a sneak peak at one of my Bargain Bottles recommendations (formerly Recession Busters, but I wanted to feel … Continue reading

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Wine’s changing demographics: An interview with Ed Sands of Calvert Woodley

When Lettie Teague of the Wall Street Journal published a blog post last month about Ed Sands of DC’s Calvert Woodley wine store, my wife started berating me for letting an out-of-towner scoop me on interviewing one of this area’s … Continue reading

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Bargain Bubbly: Kila Cava lives up to its name

In the bargain bubbly category, it’s hard to beat Cava, Spain’s answer to Champagne. I’ve tasted many of these over the years and rarely have I found one I didn’t like. To paraphrase Animal Farm, “All Cavas are good. Some … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview Wine of the Week: This year’s best bargain bubbly

Let’s face it – there’s nothing like Champagne, but Champagne is expensive. Sometimes we want the celebration of bubbles without the expense. Luckily, there are any number of tasty, inexpensive sparkling wines made around the world that can serve the … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview Wine of the Week: A Châteauneuf wannabe

My Sneak Preview Wine of the Week is the stunningly good single-vineyard Côtes-du-Rhône “Montueil-la-Levade” 2009 produced by Clos du Mont-Olivet ($15), which I give three stars (“Exceptional”) in this coming Wednesday’s Washington Post Food section. Châteauneuf-du-Pape lovers, take note: This … Continue reading

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Worth Reading This Week: Has Beaujolais arrived? And more buzz for RdV …

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, with lots of good food, fellowship and wine. Before the big day, I asked what you’d be drinking, and the favorite wine appears to be Pinot Noir, which garnered 18% of the votes, … Continue reading

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Cheap wine? Or snake oil?

Someone has declared war on wine. I think it’s the Tea Party. Or maybe it’s the “99 Percent.” I’m not sure who’s who these days. One salvo came from Slate, which was known for intelligent wine writing until a few … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview Wine of the Week #4: Partridge Foot?

Yes, Partridge Foot. Or Pied de Perdrix to be exact. Here’s my take on this intriguing wine from my upcoming Thanksgiving recommendations in The Washington Post: Lionel Osmin Pied de Perdrix 2009 2 Stars GREAT VALUE Comte Tolosan, France, $ … Continue reading

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