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My Winter Red – 2009 Rosenblum Cellars Vintner’s Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon

Typically, each winter, I seek out on a value-priced hearty red that becomes my go-to winter wine. For several winters, I drank a profuse amount of Excelsior, a South African Cabernet; this was eventually replaced by J. Martini’s Sonoma Coast Cabernet. To mix things up, I’ve also favored a French Malbec, “Le Cèdre”. What I look for is warm […]

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Plonk Pick – Steenberg “H.M.S. Victorious” Chenin Blanc South Africa 2010

  I went looking for a fall white several weeks ago. I was done with the racy whites and pretty pinks of summer. I wanted a wine with more substance. I came upon a large floor display for this wine and since the price was right – $8.99 – and the varietal also – Chenin Blanc […]

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Plonk Pick – Lieu Dit “Cocagne” Rosé 2010

  Does this wine have a cult following? Should it have a Facebook page? Whatever those answers may be, I continue  my current preoccupation with pink with this captivating wine. As I mentioned in a previous post, this wine was on the “Carte du Vin” for our evening at the Herb Lyceum. It deserves a closer look. […]

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Plonk Pick – Charles & Charles Rose 2010

  The menu – a braise of chicken in a piperade-based sauce – bacon, onion, garlic, peppers and tomatoes – and farro cooked risotto-style. Ingredients assembled, now for the wine.  As I was entering the wine department, I came upon a large floor display for  Charles & Charles Rosé 2010 Columbia Valley WA. The text on the […]

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Plonk Pick – 2008 Rook Columbia Valley

  I was shopping for dinner. I was going to grill pork chops rubbed with a coffee and coriander dry rub and accompany the chops with a Yukon Gold potato salad with a pesto and champagne vinaigrette. (I still had a small stash of pesto in the freezer that I’d made in the fall.) I […]

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Plonk Pick – 2009 Crowe Columbia Valley White Blend

   I was making risotto with shrimp, asparagus and cilantro pesto. I’d bought all my groceries and was now heading for the wine department. I wanted a white wine which would go well with the shrimp but also stand up to the asparagus and the lime juice in the pesto. I was envisioning  Sauvignon Blanc. […]

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Plonk Patrol – Jerez, on the Road Less Travelled

I don’t read The Wall Street Journal but my colleague Katrin does. When she reads an article she feels is worth sharing, she’ll tweet with a link. And so when she alerted all to Lettie Teague’s article about Sherry, I was immediately intrigued and then, after reading the piece,  saddened –  American wine drinkers just don’t […]

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Plonk Patrol – Sunny Spain

   The cold of winter came quickly this year – no lingering warmth from autumn. In fact, temperatures in December were below average. (Thanks, Harvey Leonard, for the meteorological data.) Then January turned into a marathon of storms. February begins ominously. I received an email from a wine shop this week that stated  the one […]

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Petit Patrol – Boxed Value

  At WineDineWithUs, we’re interested in the ecology of wine – not only the use of natural methods in the vineyard and the winery – but also the way in which wine is packaged and shipped. Rodney has written about the ecologically unsound and financially wasteful practice of shipping wine long-distance in individual heavy glass bottles. At the […]

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Plonk Patrol – Autumn Reds

At some point after the equinox, I tire of crisp, racy whites and mineral-laden roses. The time comes for the warmth of reds. After my mishap at Trader Joe’s, I went around the corner to the River St. Whole Foods. It seemed as if I’d never left TJ’s, since upon entering, I was confronted by a huge […]

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