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You need to try Tobin James of Paso Robles (any of their Zins!)
Also Abundance in Lodi has good Zins
I have become addicted to Chateau Ste Michelle from Columbia Valley but after reading your article, I think I'll give the Blufeld 2009 and Schmitt Sohne Relax a try. Thanks.
Loved you column- I am recently very attracted to wines under $10 and appreciate your research! Berry fun job.
Professionally speaking, Isn't it spelled f***ing?
Just wanted to let everyone know that these wines actually got BETTER after a couple of days in the fridge. And more golden. This is strange - but good! - because usually sauvies do re-fridge well once opened. What do you think?
Unfortunately, 2 of 3 of those wines are mass-produced by very large wineries. Cameron Hugh's production usually isn't small either. So what you are tasting is wine made for the masses, whereas it sounds like you've got a more refined palate. You might want to try Harney Lane, Heritage Oak, Jessie's Grove, and Klinker Brick to see what real Lodi Zin is all about. These are all above $10, simply because a small winery just can't sustain itself on sub-$10 bottlings. Also, come out for a visit sometime. You'll be able to taste any of these, but you won't be able to taste the three your just did. They don't have tasting rooms.
If you honestly think that "real people drink sub-10 dollar wines" you shouldn't be writing a wine column. Wines that are in the under 10 dollar category have to be produced on such a huge scale to overcome the cost of packaging and importing, that 99.99% of the time they are barely representative of what a region, grape or even a winery can offer. Real people should drink wines that are worth the price that they paid for them. This is just reverse snobbery, in that insidious Chuck Franzia kind of way, i.e. "no wine should cost more than $5 to produce. Go to your local SMALL wine retailer, tell them your budget and what you want and I guarantee you that they can find you something amazing. When you go to bevmo, you are purchasing the Budwiser of the wine world, when you could get a "microbrew" for the same cost at your local shop.
This column is devoted to sub-$10 wines. Yes, I love a Navarro Riesling as much as the next guy (actually, more than the next guy), but real people drink sub-$10 wines.
Why are you sticking with such cheap wines. these are 2 dollar cellar door wines that are marked up at least 3 times in the importing and distribution process . Are you suprised they aren't very good when the producer is selling them for 2 dollars a bottle.
Try the ones in the 15 dollar range.
As it says in the not-very-visible gray text below the Article Tools box up above, I purchased all four wines at BevMo in downtown Oakland.
$7.99? Where can we find such delicious bargains?
The Central Coast has better Pinot Noirs. Didn't you see the film "Sideways"?! :)
this on i like the most.....great swiss German Stephan.....how did you found the "öäü" hehe. Greets from Switzerland. Rolf
I just love this articles......greetings from Switzerland. Rolf
Thank you for tasting our Sweet Riesling. May be it did not do well in the middle of high terpenes wines such as Gewurzt and Muscat. In any event, we'll try perfecting it!
Very interesting! I didn't realize CA wineries were making rose by blending. Yuk! Took a wine class in l972 and the instructor replied to a question about how rose is made by pouring some red into a white wine. I challanged his reply and explained about using red grapes but with only the juice fermented, no skins.
How about a blind tasting of rose - some made by blending, others by not. Could we identify the blended ones?
One of my FAVORITE wines of the last few years is:
Draper and Esquin Pinot Noir- 2000 ,
Yep, it is still drinking Great...like a $30.00 French Burgundy, and at $ 12.00 per bottle, a great deal. Available from them direct, cases only. They are in Point Richmond.
If you go, tell them that Craig Critton sent you, they will get a kick out of it.
Pure, unadulterated genius amidst a sea of hay-seed wine reviewers.
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