It's a blog for winelovers. It's a blog for slackers. It's the lazy drinker's reference for cheap, high value wines. You know, the bargain wines you just don't know if you should take a chance on; maybe in the supermarket or drug store. If you want advice on grand cru, well, everyone knows where to get that: get yourself one of those slick, expensive mags. This is a blog, man; prices and spellings are the best we can do, but, don't hold us to 'em. Photos are under copyright.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Life at the mines has been a little tough for the last few months and the 'slacker feels a little guilty at leaving my swelling readership without an update on the adventures of their intrepid seeker. While he hasn't been writing, that doesn't mean he hasn't been drinking. Drinking and seeking out those values and hidden gems. Hard work, but he's dedicated. Happy to make the sacrifice. Here's a few of the better bottles he's uncorked over the last two months.

1. Bianchi, Zen Ranch Zinfandel, 2002
A smaller winery in the Paso Robles area, this was originally an $18 Zinfandel, and it would be a bargain at that price, but those who are alert (Mark and Ina) found it at one Gelson's for under $10. Spicey, with dried cherry, full throttle fruit, but smooth tannins and well balanced. If you can find it, stock up! It was available on their website for $10. Maybe it still is.

2. Grove Street Meritage, NV

A Napa Valley blend, ($10) recommended by Hi Times in Costa Mesa, CA, one of the great wine retailers, its an adventure just to wander their temperature controlled wine cellar. They carry everything from bargain priced market wines to French royalty for hundreds. Rounder and plummier, this is easy to drink, big in fruit, the 'slacker is guessing it's big in Merlot.

3. Castano Solanera, 2002 (Spain)

A Spanish red from Yecla region, mostly Monastrell (Mourvedre), smoothed out with about 1/3 low yield Cabernet Sauvignon, $13. In oak for 10 months, this is another Spanish wonder. A really enchanting wine for a barbeque price.

4. Clot du Prieur, 2004 Val de Montferrand

French vin du pays recommended by the L.A. Times food and wine editor, the mysteriously named S. Irene Virbila. Ms. Virbila knows her stuff. This is one of a growing number of high quality vin du pays becoming available in the U.S.. Less money ($16 at Silverlake Wine in L.A.), and delicious, this bottle also has the classiest label we've seen at this price break. If you get the Times, keep your eye on the food section for S. Irene's "wine of the week".
5. Guenoc, Petite Syrah, 2004

One of the great bargains, this is a great example of the careful expression of a less than well known variety. Guenoc continues a great line up of inexpensive, well crafted wines you can buy with confidence. $11 at BevMo and others.

6. Arrocal, Ribera Del Duero, 2005

Another Red, Spanish delight, and another recommendation from Hi Times. $15. Spice and cedar on the nose, a slightly purple, garnet color; black fruit, cedar plank, smooth, sturdy tannins and a long finish. Ole.


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