A Pair of Songbirds

Out of two successive Kermit LynchBoxes are a pair of really nice Bourgeuils from the same producer, Domaine de la Chanteleuserie. On the left is the Alouettes (red label) and the Beauvais in gold. Both offer up what I would consider to be straightforward, food-friendly wines. Nice with lighter red meat fare, good with roast…

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Roasted tomato sauce & Coturri Barbera

Every now and then, we get an urge to make this really simple Puglian-style roast tomato sauce, served on orecchiette (Little Ears). Prep is quick. Preheat oven to 350°. Cut about 20-25 cocktail size tomatoes. Sometimes called campari tomatoes around here. Put them cut side up in a pan, in more or less a single…

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Domaine Maestracci

All right. If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you’ll know that I love the Kermit LynchBox #1. To others, this is maybe the November, 2009 Kermit Lynch fall Box. But it was the first time I’d bought from them. Overall, the case of 12 was 10:1:1 ( ten winners, one meh, one…

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KermitLynchBox strikes again!

This may sound a bit odd, so I’ll just write its name: Le Pigeoulet en Provence, vin de pays de vaucluse. Whew. Long, hard to get a tongue around. This was from the Kermit LynchBox #1. That box was about a 10:2 “really good” to “meh” but not horrible. OK, it was really more like…

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Lone Madrone

Last year, we popped up to Paso Robles with some friends to catch the pig roast at Tablas Creek. Over the weekend, we’d gone into a few wineries, some G & I had visited (Tablas Creek, Turley, Linne Calodo) and a couple we hadn’t (Calcareous, Falcon Nest, Opolo). On Sunday morning, on our way down…

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Butchery & Burgundy

Last week an amazing thing happened in Los Feliz. A butcher shop opened for business. G forwarded the email blast from Daily Candy to me and all I could think was “wow”. Up until now, we’ve had to go to the only one of our three local markets where I’d even dare to buy meat,…

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Ridge Grenache

Back in early December, G had to go up to Napa for some meetings. We hadn’t been up there for a few years, so we arrived early and took in some wineries before the work began. With somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 wineries in the area, we came up with the idea of only…

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j’avais soif

Well, happy new year, everyone. It’s been crazy here and there have been a lot of excellent value wines since I last posted. I am in love. Yes, I am in love with my wife. And I love my dog (although perhaps in a different way). I love food. I love tasty wine…especially when it’s…

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A Nero We All Can Love

We were over at the Wine House in West LA to pick up some Holus Bolus syrah and managed to come home with another 18 bottles of wine. Brutal! Looking for good value reds can be a little challenging, but this one was marked as a Staff Favorite and cost ~$10. So, it seemed worth…

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My Summer Wine

It seems that at the end of May I get an urge to find an inexpensive wine for everyday drinking. Last year, it was a 1-litre bottle from Portugal. I think it was called Capote Velho which cost about $10. Popped by 55° Wine on Sunday thinking I’d find that again. They didn’t have that,…

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