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California Cabernet Sauvignon

$108.95 – Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon

What You Can Expect:  We blew the budget on this one, thankfully not my budget.  If you are paying over $100 for a bottle of wine you expect perfection and that is exactly what you get.  An excellent California Cab with everything magnified times ten.

$26.95 – Simi Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

What you can Expect: An old favourite, can’t believe I have yet to write it up!  An expressive, powerful, elegantly framed wine, with vivid aromas of blackberry, cedar and vanilla, and a full-bodied palate featuring plump berry fruit and plum flavours.

$16.95 – Ravage Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

What do I think:  Bang for the buck at 17 bucks!  Medium to full bodied, smooth and nice finish. What the Experts say: This full-flavoured California cabernet sauvignon-based wine offers figs and floral notes layered with licorice and jam to round out the palate. Aged...

$19.95 – The Federalist Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

What do I think:  Rich, well rounded and full of flavour – a bargain at the price.  Guess that is why I loaded up! What the Experts say: This is crafted in a ripe, oaky, powerful style. Layers of complex blackberry, red fruit, spice and sweet oak abound. Exceptionally...

$18.95 – Clayhouse Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

What do I think:  You never go wrong with wines from Paso Robles.  A very solid cab, and a bargain at under $20.00 What the Experts say: This Cab is blended from individual blocks selected for the nuanced variation in style that specific rows provide. Expect a silky,...

$17.95 – Solid Ground Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

What do I think:  Solid Ground is a solid Cab!  A nice berry aroma, dry, full bodied and smooth. What the Experts say: Rich berry fruit with oak and vanilla notes. With hints of baking spices, it reminds one of a mouth-watering berry pie, tasty crust and all! It has a...

$18.95 – Bread & Butter Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

What do I think:  Chocolate baby, the first thought on the first sip.  Great steak wine as suggested. Chocolate mellows and it becomes smooth and silky with a wonderful finish. What the Experts say: California has a world-class reputation for great cabernet sauvignon,...

$24.95 – Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

What do I think:  Deep in colour; smooth, medium to full bodied, nice aroma and a great finish. What the Experts say: Ripe and velvety with juicy dark fruit, cassis and an alluring chocolate note. A brilliant option for lamb burgers, slow-cooked red meats or a...

$19.95 – Rcabernet Sauvignon 2017

What the experts say: This is a balanced, plush, bold Cabernet that hits all the marks. There's a complex array of aromas and flavours to indulge in, including blueberry, blackcurrant, bramble, baking spice, mocha and graphite. Displaying great tension and backbone,...

$17.95 – Bar Dog Cabernet Sauvignon

What Carolyn Evans Hammond says in the Toronto Star Nov. 30, 2019: This classic ripples with aromas and flavours of poached black berries, melted dark chocolate and crème brulee that taper to a silky, long finish. What do I think:  It’s a bossy dog that is a perfect...

$22.95 – Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon

One of my favorite wine regions in California. Born of a symbol of independence.  Made by those and for those that carve their own path. What the experts say – Fruit driven in style, this wine showcases classic varietal flavours of dark cherry, black berry and black...

$19.00 – Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Discovered this smooth full bodied cab at the recommendation of a fine young server at a fine yet casual restaurant, Chicanes, at Inn on the Lake in Sebring Florida.  Had an unbelievable steak which went oh so well with this expressive and bold red and its mix of...

$23.95 – J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

An all-time favorite, I always have some in the house.  There’s a reason why this Cab is the most popular red in the VINTAGES Essentials Collection. It’s full bodied and packed with black cherry, blackcurrant, cedar, vanilla and spice. Equally at home with a casual...

$29.95 – First Press 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Introduced to this one by our golf pro from Blue Mtn. Golf & Country Club.  Smooth and full bodied you might detected a scent of dark cherry.   It was a hit at our lamb dinner party but a fine pairing for any red meat.  Produced by The Delicato Family Vineyards...

$24.95 – Irony Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

This being one of my favorite cabs, I often like to buy a bunch and put down pairs for consecutive years.  The 2015 will be smooth, rich and definitely full bodied.  Put some down for a few years and it just gets smoother and more flavourful.   Ripe red berries and...

California Syrah

California Zinfandel

$16.25 – Smoking Loon Old Vine Zinfandel 2017

What do I think:  A little pricey for the Loon Family of wines, but tasty and well worth it. What the Experts say: Ruby red colour; black plum, smoky oak and vanilla aromas; medium bodied and dry, with plum, vanilla and fig flavours mingling with smoky notes leading...

$25.95 – Joel Gott Zinfandel 2017

What do I think:  Outstanding from nose to mouth and down the hatch!  Touches all the bases on this home run. What the Experts say: This 100% Zinfandel is sourced from prime sites across California, including old vines in Amador and Lodi. It features cherry, cassis,...

$17.95 – Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel

Gnarly, well maybe only if you drink too much and that would not be too difficult to do!  Every time I try another Zinfandel it makes me want to try more!  Love the name and can’t wait to try the Pinot Noir and the Chardonnay. What the Experts say: Dry, sourced from...

California Others

$18.95 – Ménage à Trois Lavish Merlot 2017

What do I think:  This one was a little off the mark for me as a Merlot. OK and inexpensive enough though not rushing out for another bottle. What the Experts say: The latest offering from Ménage à Trois. Look for aromas and flavours of bright cassis, vanilla, smoke...

$16.95 – Three Thieves Red Blend 2018

What do I think:  These guys are good blenders and this wine is a steal!  Consistency might be an issue moving forward but have won awards a number of years in a row.  Trust them, you will like them. What the Experts say: The experts are not commenting here, guessing...

$17.95 – Menage a Trois Silk Red Blend

What the Experts say: A blend of Pinot Noir, Malbec and Petite Sirah, soft and elegant on the palate, delivering oodles of rich berry, ripe cherry and raspberry flavours, with floral notes and a hint of sweet spicy oak. What do I think:  It’s got everything you need...

$54.95 – The Prisoner 2016

Just like what you might find in jail – a blend of personalities here is a wonderful mish-mash of bold flavours!  Take no prisoners, keep no prisoners – just drink! What the Experts say: This bold blend combines Zinfandel with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah...

Oregon Pinot Noir

$39.95 – Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir 2016

What do I think:  Not the kind of name on a bottle that catches my attention but certainly glad I did! Silky smooth, tasty and a great finish, a few extra bucks gets you a new dimension! What the Experts say: This offers dark, earthy aromas with a wealth of ripe...

$33.95 – Soléna Grand Cuvée Pinot Noir 2017

What the Experts Say: There's a fresh array of wild cherries and strawberries on offer here and the palate has silky and sleek, flowing tannins that carry well onto the rich, fresh finish. Score - 92. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, July 2, 2019)   What do I...

$24.95 – A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir 2015

A to Z Wineworks has twice seen their wines named to Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines of the year. What the Experts say: Always impressive, earthy and characterful, this is a Pinot that brings the savoury and the smoky to its red berry fruit. A wine for duck. What do I...

Kings Ridge Pinot Noir, 2015

In Mobile Bay we were treated to a fine dinner at Dauphins with panoramic views of Mobile Bay.  A superb seafood dinner was accompanied by a distinctive Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley in Oregon.  Beautiful raspberry and cherry flavors, solid on the pallet,...

Washington Cabernet Sauvignon