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Petite Sirah

Join the Trouble

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“Trouble is my business.” – Raymond Chandler Trouble is the Wine Harlots middle name. (Yeah, it looks weird on the passport, but trouble is our birthright.) So when I heard the Troublemaker was coming to town, I brought out the A Game. (And lined up a couple of bail bondsmen. When you bring the A […]

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Murrieta’s Well The Whip & The Spur

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“Practically any Western has a homesteader in trouble, and a mysterious rider shows up off the range, solves the problem over two or three days, and then rides off into the sunset.” – Lee Child Are you feeling like John Wayne? Or Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly? Needing a wine […]

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Ravenswood Vintners Blend Petite Sirah 2010

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“Lack of money is the root of all evil.” – Mark Twain You don’t need to get all evil if you’re suffering from dearth of coin, you need to crafty and savvy. Wine Harlots motto is: thirsty, but thrifty, so we know how stretch a dollar ‘till it screams. Ravenswood, famous for their zinfandels (and […]

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Parducci True Grit Petite Sirah 2008

bottle shot of Parducci True Grit Petite Sirah a bold red wine. The label is parchment gold with a pair of cowboy boots on the label.

“It takes a little courage, and a little self-control. And some grim determination, If you want to reach the goal. It takes a great deal of striving, and a firm and stern-set chin. No matter what the battle, if you really want to win, there’s no easy path to glory. There is no road to […]

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Carruth Cellars Surfing Madonna Save the Ocean North Coast Cuvee

photograph of the mosaic stained glass art piece Surfing Madonna by Encinitas artist Mark Patterson Carruth Cellars Surfing Madonna Save the Ocean North Coast Cuvee the image is the image of the Blessed Virgin Guadalupe in a long robe or habit on a surfboard surfing on an azure coblat blue sea with the worlds

“Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets.” – Oscar Wilde “Why shouldn’t things be largely absurd, futile, and transitory? They are so, and we are so, and they and we go very well together.” […]

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Foppiano Vineyard Estate Bottled Petite Sirah 2008

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“One summer night, out on a flat headland, all but surrounded by the waters of the bay, the horizons were remote and distant rims on the edge of space.  Millions of stars blazed in darkness, and on the far shore a few lights burned in cottages.  Otherwise there was no reminder of human life.  My […]

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Wine Guerrilla Conte Vineyard Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2008

Wine Guerrilla Conte Vineyard Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2008

“The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.” — Abbie Hoffman ¡Viva la Revolución! After being indoctrinated by a bottle of Wine Guerrilla Conte Vineyard Russian River Valley Zinfandel, you’ll be eager to join the insurrection. If the lush blackberry bramble and leather notes don’t convert you to the revolutionary cause, […]

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Ten Mile The Broken Road 2006

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“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”  — Robert Frost Ten Mile The Broken Road Proprietary Red is named in honor of the pioneers who made their way to California in the belief of Manifest Destiny and to find fortune […]

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McNab Ridge Petite Sirah 2006

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  “Simplicity is complexity resolved.”  — Constantin Brancusi The color is intense purple with ruby edges.  The nose has an unusual, intriguing (and not unpleasant) meaty-sweet nose.  It has rich blackberry flavors with subtle peppery tones with a whisper of vanilla.  A lot of fruit, but balanced.  Smooth.  We want to say “nice” but that […]

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Vina Robles Red4 2007

  “The whole is more than the sum of its parts.”  —  Aristotle Vina Robles Red4 is a tasty quaff, truly the whole is better than its parts.  The wine is an appealing garnet color with lush flavors of bing cherries, blackberries and cassis, with a supple backbone of toast and vanilla.  It’s a great […]

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