Rex Goliath Pinot Noir – Shockingly good for the “El Cheapo” bottle of the competition

  Price: $6.99 at Total Wine  Style: The "Anna" (Medium body with fairly simple and straight-forward fruit flavors.) Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: Ok... Let's get real... it's a $7 bottle of Pinot Noir. If your expectations are high for a $7 bottle of PN, I question your expectations. I personally approached this bottle with very …

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Bogle Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014 – “Herb-y” and yummy

  Price: $8.99 at Total Wine  Style: The “Tom” (Medium body with fairly simple and straight-forward fruit flavors.) Rating: “Good” Recommendation: “Grab a few bottles” Review: The Bogle is a very herb-driven interpretation of Pinot Noir. It serves up lots of oregano, sage, and earth, with just a little bit of tart cherry to give it a fresh and fruity …

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Cartlidge & Browne Pinot Noir 2014 – Cement truck drivers make pretty good wine

  Price: $11.99 at Total Wine  Style: The “Tom” (Medium body with some more complex flavors beyond just simple fruits.) Rating: “Good” Recommendation: “Grab a few bottles” Review: A really nice nose on this one, mixing smoky cherry and raspberry aromas with some earthy undertones. In the mouth, this is juicy with crisp red fruit on the front of …

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‘Total Wine & More’ Zinfandel Challenge Kickoff!

Zinfandel Challenge Overview After spending last month in Argentina and France (or at least in Argentinian and French bottles of Malbec), we're coming back to the US this month to explore Zinfandel. Unfortunately, many people still associate Zinfandel with the insipid (my opinion) sweet pink 1980's concoction, "White Zinfandel".  I assure you that White Zinfandel …

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VinCrush Malbec Value Challenge Results! Find the best $10 Malbec at Total Wine & More!

  Malbec Challenge Results The results are in! At the bottom of this post, you'll find the final rankings and links to the individual wine reviews. Overall, the results this month were mixed. I went into the month with the perception that Argentinian Malbec was an amazing value and it would be incredibly easy to find …

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Ruta 22 Malbec (Argentina)

Price: $9.99 at Total Wine Style: The "Anna" Rating: "Ok" Recommendation: "Have a glass or two" Review:  Well, we're not off to a real strong start this month. Although by no means a bad wine, this certainly isn't something I'd be excited to drink every day. Dark purple with a hint of ruby red, the medium strength nose opens with …

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