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Crane Lake Petite Sirah 2007

“A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.”  —  James Joyce It’s a great plumy color with lovely legs.  The nose is pleasant with a candied cherry smell.  And then it goes downhill from there.  There isn’t much flavor, and it has an odd tanginess.  The finish is thankfully brief.  I didn’t enjoy tasting this […]

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Viñas Chilenas Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2008

  “The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”  —  Alan K. Chalmers This is the delicious bargain of the summer.  Its three dollars, just like the price of a gallon of gas.  (Ok, I’m in San Diego.  The wine is cheaper, the petrol a lot […]

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Trader Joe’s Coastal Zinfandel 2007

  “Nothing makes one so vain as being told one is a sinner.  Conscience makes egotists of us all.”  — Oscar Wilde     This is another bargain buy from the Trader Joe’s Coastal line.  It’s a gorgeous ruby red, with jammy fruit and peppery spices.  This a lighter wine than the big screaming monster […]

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San Diego Wine Company

“When it comes to wine, I tell people to throw away the vintage charts and invest in a corkscrew. The best way to learn about wine is the drinking.”  —  Alexis Lichine. Sure we all get wine at the big box stores, the grocery store and my great love Trader Joe’s, but Wine Harlots encourage […]

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La Ferme Julien

label of la ferme julien (the trader's joe's version of la vieille ferme). The label has a picture of a goat perrin family

“No nation was ever drunk when wine was cheap.” — Thomas Jefferson In the spirit of these recessionary times, the Wine Harlots have tasted numerous bottles of four and five dollar wines, searching out the best buys for your limited resources.  It has not been fun.  We have been disappointed much more than we have […]

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Trader Joes’s Coastal Syrah 2006

wine stained label of Castoro Cellars for Trader Joe's Coastal Syrah wine. At $4 it's the value play of the day

“By making this wine vine known to the public, I have rendered my country as great a service as if I had enabled it to pay back the national debt.” — Thomas Jefferson After making nice with the taxman, you probably want a little relief.  Here it is. Four dollars.  Five dollars, if you live […]

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Zaràfa Sauvignon Blanc 2008

bottle shot of a dry white wine, a sauvignon blanc from South Africa Zafafa a clear glass bottle with a giraffe cutout

“People spend too much time tasting wine; not enough time drinking it.” — Andre Tchelistcheff This is a terrific South African little wine.  Last year when California had its seven month summer, I went through cases of this wine.  It’s crisp, light and bright. High acid and citrus.  Because of its high acid level, Zaràfa’s […]

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