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Markstone 2013 Pinot Noir

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Well I think it’s true that most wines from Carneros in California are really good wines..This Pinot is no exception! My new go to Pinot for $10. it’s a real winner. Nice body, some earth and oak a smooth finish … Continue reading

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Rosario Estates Chardonnay 2015

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John wine Snob says: Mrs. Wine Snob and I went to a dinner party at the home of friends. We arrived with four bottles of wine, and I gave our gracious hosts instructions as to the order in which we … Continue reading

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Ventoux 2013 Grenache/ Syrah

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John Wine Snob says: This Ventoux 2013 is a Grenache/ Syrah blend. Mrs. Wine Snob and I had it for lunch in a restaurant, the French Grocery, with whom we have a love/hate relationship. The food is usually great and … Continue reading

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Vignobles Lacheteau Pouilly Fume’

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The Lacheteau Pouilly Fume’ is a perfect summer wine. I sipped a bit while drawing an underground wine cellar idea…It’s a sauvignon blanc for sure the kind I like..it’s not grassy like the New Zealand types and has a bit … Continue reading

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Dutton Goldfield Pinot Noir 2013 Dutton Ranch

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I was really looking forward to tasting this wine..I’ve heard of it forever..and I found it by the glass at a wine bar…( $8. cheap! ) The wine had a  very dusty and peculiar nose…… Mild kerosene???  with wait a … Continue reading

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Trader Joe’s 2013 Zinfandel


John Wine Snob says:  What do you do when someone brings a bottle of Trader Joe’s 2013 Zinfandel from Paso Robles (bottled and vinted by Familia Nueva) to your house. You drink it!!!! When one is a snob even a … Continue reading

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Planeta Etna Nerello Mascalese 2014

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Very unusual red blend wine from the slopes of Mt. Etna in Sicily made with Nerello Mascalese grapes..I’ve heard and read that people think it’s similar to Pinot Noir..I say: are ya nuts?  that’s like saying: I ate rattlesnake ..How … Continue reading

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Pierre Rougon Ventoux 2013 Grenache/Syrah

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John Wine Snob says:Mrs wine Snob and I had dinner at the French Grocery in Phoenix. They have an endless and exclusively French wine list, so choosing is not an easy task. We decided to go cheap (go figure) and … Continue reading

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Fadeaway Pinot Noir 2014

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John Wine Snob says:What wine does one have with an odd and eclectic meal like roasted potatoes, borscht, strong French cheeses with bread, and fresh figs? The meal was then topped off with chocolate ice cream. I don’t know!!! I … Continue reading

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Unsung Hero 2014 Shiraz


John Wine Snob says:150 Rand ($10) will get you a bottle of Unsung Hero 2014 Shiraz from South Africa. It is a full-bodied wine that feels a bit dusty. There are some red currant flavors and a pleasant bitterness that … Continue reading