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Baron Phillipe de Rothschild Vin de Pays d'Oc Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Not an Impressive French Wine

One of the least expensive ways to try a more traditionally structured French wine is to go with a Vin De Pays. Directly translated, it simply means 'country wine' and, in this case, comes from the d'Oc titled Languedoc Roussillon region near the Mediterranean. Add to this the Baron Phill...

Black Chook VMR 2008 - Australia

Offers complexity and a dynamic that you can't pass up

Cleveland, Ohio is known for its extreme weather and harsh winters – and although us Clevelanders cannot complain about this past winter (due to its mildness and lack of snow), it is still nice to know that spring is just around the corner. Last week the temperature had reached sixty degre...

Il Roverone Amarone Della Valpolicella 2005 DOC

Winter Blues? Amarone is the answer!

Il Roverone Amarone Della Valpolicella 2005 DOC: Thanksgiving has already arrived, which means winter is just around the corner, but in Cleveland -- the snow is already falling and the chill of winter is already settling in. It was just the other night after a long day of classes an...

Las Rocas Granacha 2008

A Must Have Wine at a Low, Low Price

With the holidays over and the hustle and bustle of the season passed, things at work have started to wind down. The chaotic holiday party season has final ceased and things are back to a normal groove. This normal groove means wine distributors and beverage companies are back on the prow...

Mezzo Mondo Negroamaro Rosso Salento (2007)

For lovers of dry Italian reds like sangiovese, Mezzo Mondo's Negroamaro takes earthy red wine to a whole new level. Rich in cassis and earth on the nose with just a hint of herb, the dense cherry colour is stunning in the glass. Medium bodied, there's no shying away from the bitter hits...

Michael Pozzan Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

A Great Wine for Starting Wine Enthusiasts

It was a normal Friday night and I was working at the wine bar, when a couple came in who had already had dinner. They were looking for possibly dessert or a cheese plate, but mainly a bottle of wine. Easy enough for me to satisfy their needs, I handed them our wine list, and told them I...


Quarisa (Johnny Q) Shiraz Viognier 2006

Another Great Australian Red Wine

This trendy, award winning blend comes from one of Australia's premier winemakers, John Quarisa. Responsible for some of Australia's most popular exports (think Yellow Tail, McWilliams), the new "Johnny Q" line lives up to his dedication to accessible wine at a reasonable price point. We...

Sans Liege 2009 The Offering

Delicious and Affordable

Sans Liege 2009 The Offering For the holidays this year I made my first trip across country from the mid-west snow belt of Ohio to the sunny state of California, and in specific to the beach side city of Santa Monica. Visiting my twin sister and only staying for less than a week I ...

Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2001 Riserva | Wine Review

Overwhelming profusion of flavors makes for a Fantastic Bombastic wine.

Very often at my place of employment (Grotto Wine Bar) the most common question asked by customers is, "Do you get to taste all of the wines on your list?" The literal answer to this question is 'no' (we have over 200 wines), but I must give thanks to my work environment, because I have b...

Urban Uco Malbec - 2010

Dark Fruit Taste, Bombastic

On a long weekend in New York City, my first stop was completely by accident, but a nice surprise- acclaimed Chef Bobby Flay's Bar Americain, located in the heart of mid-town. We went to the restaurant with the thought that we would be paying an arm and a leg, just for the location and the...