Posts Tagged ‘Red Wine’

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 120: Well…

October 10, 2013

In this episode, Jeff tries a $5 wine with no detectable sulfites…

Wine Tasted:


WELL REaD 2012 California Red Wine

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Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 113: F this Pizza

July 24, 2013

In this episode, Jeff pops open another Locations wine with his frozen pizza…

Wine Tasted:


Locations F-1 French Red Wine

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Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 112: Locations. Locations. Locations.

July 19, 2013

In this episode, Jeff tries a side project from a cult winemaker…

Wine Tasted:


Locations I-1 Italian Red Wine

After the Fact:

Check out Jeff Eckles’ review of this wine on

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Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 111: A Tribunal

July 16, 2013

In this episode, Jeff tries a popular wine from Trader Joe’s…

Wine Tasted:


Tribunal 2011 North Coast Red Wine

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Where do YOU find value?

April 23, 2013


The Languedoc has done it again.

I’ve long been a fan of this Southern region of France for its fresh, food-friendly, and inexpensive wines.

The other day, I picked up this bad boy from Bev Mo for 14 bucks…


Chateau Millegrand 2008 Minervois Red Wine

Millegrand is an estate found in the Minervois appellation of the Languedoc.  This red wine is a blend of 35% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 25% Carignan, and 10% Mourvedre.  It was aged for 12 months in French Oak barrels.

Color: Dark ruby red with a few rusty notes near the edges.

Nose: Nice and chalky (You know I love chalk!).  There are some nice sweet tobacco notes, and just a touch of ripe plum and blackberry fruit.

Taste: This is an earthy wine.  Forest floor, mushroom, and tobacco for days.  There are, of course, these lovely red fruits… but this wine is mad earthy.

Score: This was the perfect wine for a Tuesday night (which it is).  Pair this one with barbecue, pizza, or burgers, and you will be one happy customer.  Pick it up.  89

If the review doesn’t sell you, peep this photo, foo…


Thumbs up, brah!

You know I love the Languedoc, but where do you find value?

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Trione on the Go

March 1, 2013

You may have noticed that I didn’t post anything on Stay Rad last week.

That’s because I was stuck in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico…


What a bummer.


I still had two Tasting Room samples left from Trione.  Since they were only 50 ml each, and small enough to bring through airport security, I decided to take them along for the ride.


Liquids. Zip Lock Bags. We must be flying.

I was thinking about tasting the wines on the plane, but I’ve read enough articles (like this one) about the adverse effects of altitude and low humidity to know that it wouldn’t be fair to review them from 35,000 feet above sea level.  Instead, I decided to borrow some coffee cups and taste these wines during our layover in Los Angeles.

First up…


Trione 2007 Block 21 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2007 Block 21 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Trione’s Cloverdale Ranch.  It’s got 10% Merlot from the Geyserville Ranch, and 2.5% each of Petit Verdot and Malbec from the Cloverdale Ranch as well.  It costs 64 bucks.

Color: Red.  It’s tough to tell.  It’s in a coffee cup.



Nose: It’s got that good chalkiness on the nose that I love in a good Cabernet Sauvignon.  There’s a concentrated plumminess, as well.

Taste: There’s a bright burst of acid on this wine from beginning to end.  It’s loaded with cranberry and plum fruits.  Good, chalky tannins, and some nice, tobacco leaf flavors on the finish.

Score: This wine is really good.  I like it a lot.  91.

Up next…


Trione 2007 Alexander Valley Red Wine

The 2007 Red Wine is mostly made of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  It costs $48.

Color: Red.  Like I said.  It was in a coffee cup.

Nose: Pretty tight, but there is a hint of dark plums on this one.

Taste: Bright orange zest and cranberries.  It’s got a nice peppery finish.

Score: Although good, it probably would have shown better if tasted before the Cabernet.  Not anywhere near as big in style as the previous wine, but still tasty.  I’m giving it a solid 89, and telling you to seek out the Block 21 Cabernet Sauvignon instead.

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Getting Down with a Wine and a Burrito

December 13, 2012

It’s a quiet night around my home tonight, so I decided to get me a burrito from Tortilla House…


Super Burrito de Carne Asada

And pair it with a wine I picked up this weekend while holiday shopping…

This wine cost me $11 at a local wine shop.  The Guilhem is a blend of 40% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, and 15% Carignan from the Languadoc Roussillon (a French region that is bringing more and more value these days).

Color: Ruby red to purple, verging on black.

Nose: Big nose of plum, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and earthy mushrooms with a touch of sweet oak.

Taste: Wow!  There is a juicy blast of dark and red fruits that transitions into mouth drying sour red fruits.  Cranberry is the dominant fruit.  There is a great earthy funk to this wine.  It’s got a long finish of clove and tobacco spice to go with a long finish of bright acidity and dark Earth.

Score: Wow!  This wine amazing!  Wow!  This wine was $11, but it drinks like a $30 wine.  At 93 points, this is the steal of the century.  I love this wine.

I guess it ain’t that quiet around these parts after all.  This Guilhem is bringing the noise!

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