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Comment Archives: stories: Food & Drink: Wineau

Re: “Zinfandels: Of Mountains and Monopoly

You need to try Tobin James of Paso Robles (any of their Zins!)
Also Abundance in Lodi has good Zins

Posted by Bobb01 on 12/31/2010 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Zinfandels: Of Mountains and Monopoly

You need to try Tobin James of Paso Robles (any of their Zins!)
Also Abundance in Lodi has good Zins

Posted by Bobb01 on 12/31/2010 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Rieslings: Sweet Wunderbar-ish Wines

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.

Posted by stillhere on 10/11/2010 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Merlots Go Back to School

Loved you column- I am recently very attracted to wines under $10 and appreciate your research! Berry fun job.
Page Larkin/Examiner
Professionally speaking, Isn't it spelled f***ing?

Posted by pagelarkin on 09/16/2010 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Pretty Label Wines


Posted by Baseball . . . not my game on 08/25/2010 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Pretty Label Wines

Seriously guys?

Posted by Jason Lefler on 08/25/2010 at 11:11 AM

Re: “From a Land Down Under

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?

Posted by jody brettkelly on 07/31/2010 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Lodi Zins

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.

Posted by Jon Bjork on 04/28/2010 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Riesling the German Way

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.

Posted by aktormedic on 12/19/2009 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Riesling the German Way

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.

Posted by Stephen Buel on 12/17/2009 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Riesling the German Way

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.

Posted by skull on 12/17/2009 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Riesling the German Way

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.

Posted by Stephen Buel on 12/09/2009 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Riesling the German Way

$7.99? Where can we find such delicious bargains?

Posted by Juruburu on 12/09/2009 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Supermarket Chardonnays

The Central Coast has better Pinot Noirs. Didn't you see the film "Sideways"?! :)

Posted by Rob on 11/11/2009 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Bold Enough for Barbecue

this on i like the most.....great swiss German did you found the "öäü" hehe. Greets from Switzerland. Rolf

Posted by Rolf on 10/21/2009 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Wine Shopping the Swiss Way

I just love this articles......greetings from Switzerland. Rolf

Posted by Rolf on 10/21/2009 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Sweet on You

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!


Pacific Rim

Posted by Nicolas on 09/30/2009 at 11:51 AM

Re: “The Blenders

Blair -

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?

Sue Kruse

Posted by Sue Kruse on 05/27/2009 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Local Juice, Part One

One of my FAVORITE wines of the last few years is:
Draper and Esquin Pinot Noir- 2000 ,
Yep, it is still drinking 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.

Posted by Craig Britton on 03/06/2008 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Zin's Frontier Roots

Pure, unadulterated genius amidst a sea of hay-seed wine reviewers.

Posted by Marta on 11/14/2007 at 2:53 PM

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