Category Archives: Winners and Losers

Apothic Red Wine Review

By | Red, Winners, Winners and Losers | 3 Comments

20120124-185446.jpg Apothic Red? Hmmm, I don’t think I’ve seen you here before.  And I come to this little wine shop (aka Vons) quite often.  Now, if only I could find the wine merchant who runs this establishment…  Undoubtedly, busy with a connoisseur in another area of the store, perhaps in the exotic cereals section?

Because I like to live on the edge (and it was on sale for under ten bucks) I went ahead and tossed this in the cart.  Glad I did!  This thing was excellent!  A little snooping around the web reveals that Robert Parker called the 2008 vintage “one of the greatest bargains I have ever tasted from California”.  Wow!  That’s pretty high praise!  Obvious, black cherry tastes as well as vanilla.  We’ll definitely be going back for another bottle!  (as you can see from the picture, ours got emptied pretty fast!)

Review: La Crema Chardonnay – Buy It!

By | Chardonnay, White, Winners, Winners and Losers | 2 Comments

LaCrema The La Crema Chardonnay is part of the problem.  Here’s the funny thing, if you asked us if we prefer reds or whites we’d say “reds” without hesitation.  But as I look at which wines we’re reviewing the white’s section is definitely filling out much more quickly than the reds.  Awesome California Chardonnay like La Crema take a good chunk of the blame.  With a price just under Read More

Top 5 Grocery Wines for the Week

By | Champagne/Sparkling, Chardonnay, Red, Sauvignon Blanc, White, Winners, Winners and Losers, Zinfandel | No Comments

It’s Friday and what better way to celebrate than by swinging by the grocery store on your way home and picking up a bottle or five of wine.  Listed below are our picks for the week.

  1. Champagne – Gloria Ferrer (on sale $15.98 at Safeway / Vons until 6/10)
  2. Chardonnay – Bogle (on sale $8.98 at Safeway / Vons until 6/24)
  3. Sauvignon Blanc – Dry Creek Vineyard (available at Safeway / Vons)
  4. Cabernet Sauvignon – BV (on sale $7.76 at Safeway / Vons until 6/10)
  5. Zinfandel – Edmeades (Costco)

Review: Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc – Buy It!

By | Sauvignon Blanc, White, Winners, Winners and Losers | 2 Comments

drycreekfumeblanc_smallWarning this wine could cause relationship issues!  Read on for details, but first a quick tangent:  A couple of years ago we were out to dinner with some friends and our waitress recommended a wine to us.  Very excited about the wine, the waitress came back seconds after pouring it asking how we liked it.  Someone mumbled something about it and the waitress said Read More

Review: Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut Champagne – Buy It!

By | Champagne/Sparkling, White, Winners, Winners and Losers | 3 Comments

gloriaferrerMmmm, my taste buds are watering just thinking about Gloria Ferrer champagne.  It’s one of our all time favorite grocery store finds (and occasionally makes an appearance at Costco).  Always under $20 and we’ve snagged it on sale at Vons for under $15.   It’s a delicious sparkling wine which is such a good deal we have no qualms breaking it out for even the most minor celebrations.  Listed below are four of the reasons we’ve used to break out the bubbly Read More