Monthly Archives: September 2011

A Look at a Book : The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, Julia Flynn Siler, 2007

 This is a bit off topic, I guess: a book review instead of a wine review. But probably no name is as intertwined with the ascendency of California wine from generic, misnamed, tanker car, bulk, crap to ready-for-prime-time, and French … Continue reading

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H.R.M. Rex Goliath Pinot Grigio

 We just, previous post, talked about who or what Rex Goliath was, but it bears repeating that the producers say a 47 pound rooster is representative of the bold flavors of their wines. Ironically, both the Free Range Red, and … Continue reading

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H.R.M Rex Goliath Free Range Red

 Rex Goliath wines get their name from a 47 pound rooster that was a circus attraction in the late 1800’s, early 1900’s -His Royal Majesty Rex Goliath. The company says the rooster symbolizes their big, bold, “fruit forward”, in their … Continue reading

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Sebeka Chenin Blanc “Steen”

For the third time in recent reviews, we are again visiting South Africa. Sebeka is from the Swartland region of the Western Cape. It is produced in the Swartland Winery, a co-op of growers from that area. Chenin Blanc is … Continue reading

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California Collection by Beringer, Cabernet Sauvignon

 Typically, when a winery produces several “ranges” of wines, meaning price levels, they will use an alias for their lowest price tier, I suppose as to not besmirch, or cheapen, the image of their main brand. Examples include Concannon, and … Continue reading

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Jacob’s Creek Merlot

     This is another huge Australian brand. They are located in the Barosa Valley, in South Australia, one of Australia’s top wine regions. But, like Yellow Tail, Little Penguin, Black Swan and other popular and affordable Aussie brands, their wine … Continue reading

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Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc

 This is a South African brand, part of the Distell family of wine and spirits products. Durbanville Hills is seven growers, from the Durbanville wine growing region near Capetown, that joined forces to create a label. Their shared facility produced … Continue reading

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