What’s New?

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  1. Seedboy

    Kinton Syrah 2007, Santa Barbara County, $5.99 at Oakland and Richmond. This is a nice cool climate syrah that appears to have been produced for the Capital Grille chain. If I were in the market for such a wine I’d buy some.
    Once and It’s Gone Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015, $4.99, Richmond. For the price point I like this wine, it shows a nice combination of Oregon earth and California fruit.
    Altemura Fiano 2014. I think this was $4.99, not sure where I got it but it was recent. Nice crisp minerally white wine.
    I mostly go to Oakland and Richmond. The Richmond store is a significantly better place to buy wine. The management watches the order guide carefully and when they see something good they are not afraid to buy a mess of it and store it a while. They have a genuine French Champagne I’ve not seen elsewhere that is tasty and a great deal at $17.99, I’ve not seen it elsewhere. Oakland, on the other hand has knowledgable wine people but so far as I can tell they are kept in the dark about what is available and ordering is done by a bean counter. They have exactly one interesting wine I’ve not seen at Richmond, a Castello D’Albola Vin Santo in a nice gift box for $10. I’ve not tasted it but I’ve tasted another vintage from this producer and bought one that I will gift to someone.

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  2. rgardner2

    Brand new Pasco WA store (West Pasco in a new building) has Jeroboams (3L) of 2015 Steak House Cabernet Sauvignon for $15. No UPC. This is a former Charles Smith wine, but grapes are 85% CA, 15% WA. Wax top. Party wine! 13.5%. I bought a case (4). 3.7 on Vivino.

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    1. Darrell

      From Wine Enthusiast : “The aromas are fruit forward, with notes of berry and black currant. The flavors are ripe, with the oak pulled way back. There’s plenty of easy drinking enjoyment to be had.” $12 bottle price so a dbl. mag at $15 is a bargain, but I don’t party anymore.

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  3. Happybaker

    Went to the Burbank, CA GO the other day and they were out of Woodwork Chardonnay (one of the hubby’s new favs) but they had a few other cheapies that looked promising so I picked them up.

    Expedicion Chardonany 2017 from Patagonia. 3.99. Not horrible, well made but very austere. Dry. Not a repeat buy for us.
    2. Belcreme de Lys Chardonnay. Also 3.99, the label promised a creamy wine with hints of ripe pear and pineapple. And? It delivered! A nice hit of acid at the end. We will be buying more. Oh and Darrell? A real cork. Hooray! : )

    https://www.totalwine.com/wine/white-wine/chardonnay/belcreme-de-lys-chardonnay/p/114077750

    3. We bought the weekly sale wine, Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay. Have not tried it yet but will, probably tomorrow night.

    https://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/santa-rita-2016-120-reserva-especial-chardonnay-central-valley/

    Lastly we saw but did not buy this viognier, $4.99.

    http://www.rockwallwines.com/product?productid=E0FE3F50-4658-4B08-8EC7-19CCFD66FD1E

    We’ve had two of the rock wall reds – and LOVED them. They were our first intro to GO and made us believers… So we might pick this up, to see. Just weren’t in the mood that day : |

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    1. Darrell

      Happy, after your evaluation of the Yankalilla Chardonnay 2016, I will try to taste some of these. The Viognier sounds interesting as does the Belcreme de Lys Chardonnay. The link to the Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay said it runs $6 so the GO price must be fairly inexpensive on your store’s sale.

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      1. Happybaker

        Darrell –
        Thanks for the kind words!
        The online reviews of the Viognier hinted at sweet, so we passed for the day. But again, the red we’ve had from that winery have been excellent so, who knows?!

        The Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay is indeed inexpensive – $2.99 at my GO. We’ll find out it it’s even worth that when we open it tomorrow night!
        Fingers crossed you like the Belcreme…

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        1. seedboy

          I have tried that Rock Wall Viognier. I do not know if it is actually sweet, as in, does it have residual sugar. It is quite fruity, and some mistake that for sweet. If you like fruity Viognier this wine is for you. It was not for me. I should also note that as a general proposition I find the Rock Wall wines to be over-done, too ripe.

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          1. Happybaker

            Seedboy – I do not like fruity or sweet so thanks for saving us that $5!

            I’ve only had two Rock Wall wines, reds, and I liked them. They were big wines but, not unbalanced nor did they feel hot. So maybe I lucked out! (My wine brilliant cousin in Berkeley chose them.)

            FYI – opened the Santa Rita 120 tonight and? Ick. Tart and bitter, I could not even finish half a glass. And I’ve already made risotto this week, so not sure what I’ll with it. Could get the down the drain treatment…

            Happily the Belcreme held up and is just as delightful the next day. (And I’d chilled a back up bottle in case the 120 was awful. So no suffering here ; )

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            1. Happybaker

              Went back to my GO today (Burbank, CA) and? They were almost out of the Belcreme. Drat! Grabbed a few remaining bottles and a few new ones.

              Echelon Chardonnay, another wine.com leftover, I think. $3.99
              https://www.wine.com/product/echelon-chardonnay-2015/265715

              And? Fowl and Feather, also $3.99. The flavor description looked good –
              https://www.vivino.com/chop-and-boar-fowl-and-feather-chardonnay/w/4490941?year=2015
              Turns out they are a wine sold (at least with this name!) only at Meijer, a semi-midwestern grocery chain.
              http://www.cookingconnectionwines.com/#white-wine

              We’ll see!

    1. Happybaker

      “New (to me) review site covering GO wines. I wonder if this is an inside job. https://www.gowinego.net/

      Maybe he has a fabulous eye or incredible luck but it worries me that, at first glance, all his reviews are positive. Not a single ‘Walk away. Actually don’t walk – RUN!” in the bunch.

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    2. Happybaker

      Okay, I did look and the guys says “I will *almost* never bother posting anything that scores less than in the mid-7’s.”

      So he’s not posting the bad stuff, on purpose. Interesitng…

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    3. Darrell

      I disagree with him already. I looked at his recommendations and there was the Le Grand
      Caillou, the Loire SB, and it wasn’t a rebuy for me. I tend to be a sucker for GO’s Loire appellation wines, too.

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      1. Darrell

        On the other had, the site is a starting point for me try some of the wines reviewed since I don’t get out to GO stores often. I like his detailed descriptions of enclosures and, for me, his white and rosé descriptions are more useful than his reds. It is nice he covers Bordeaux, something I never touch from GO.

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    4. Eugene

      I typed in “gowinego” and Google Search stated “this site may be hacked,” and recommended not opening it until the message disappears, apparently following action the sites sponsors take to block malware or spam that hackers may have introduced. Anyone else see this?

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  4. Seedboy

    Iris Oregon Pinot Noir 2014, $9.99 at Oakland and Richmond and I’m not sure where else. This has the fruit and structure of a pinot I’d probably want to buy, but is reductive (burnt match odor/flavor) and not a repeat buy.

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  5. seedboy

    The Santa Rosa store has 2014 Waxwing Pinot Noir Lester Family Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains for $9.99. Santa Rosa bought this straight from the winery so it is unlikely to be at any other stores. This is to me the best GO buy pinot since the Bailiwick. Good body, balanced, complex, good flavors. I don’t know how much they have but there was a good sized stack by the entrance. There is one cellartracker rating, https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=2078973&searchId=4874B11B%23selected%253DW2991445_1_K077d9b8e8891bd3b119c41904b0a3419

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    1. seedboy

      I’ve not seen this elsewhere. I came back today and found 2008 Spellbound Reserve Napa Valley Petit Sirah for $3.99 a bottle. I have not tasted yet but that is a screaming deal based on reviews. Don’t know if this is anywhere else.

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        1. Seedboy

          This wine turns out to be at many stores. I will report soon. Richmond has 2012 Amphora 2012 Pinot Noir Lakeville Vineyard Sonoma Coast for $5.99.

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        2. seedboy

          I don’t remember if I have commented on the Bouchaine Pinot. It is a good enough effort but nothing to write home about and at that price not a re-purchase for me.

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  6. Zoel

    Bunch of Meh – reporting back on several recent buys (from Richmond store):
    Leto Chard 14 – shoulda been far better – nothing bad or wrong, but lacking fruit, and a tad heavy on the malo. Pass at $7
    Adulation 16 Chard – kind of blah, lacks fruit. Nothing wrong (again), but nothing to write home about.
    Carne Humana Red – decent, drank well

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  7. Seedboy

    I’ve seen a lot of new wines recently.
    Revelare Red Wine 2016, $3.99. This is, I assume, made by Cline, which made the zin that is a buck more and a good value. I have no idea what is in this blend. It is a crowd pleaser.
    Jettlyn Opulent. I think this nonvintage wine is $5.99. It is a Bordeaux blend with some Petite Sirah and Syrah in it, from Paso Robles. The flavor profile is Bordeaux-ish, dark fruit, low acid. I finished the bottle in spite of myself.
    Santa Rita 120 Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2016. Pleasant wine, low oak influence, a good buy at $2.99 if you can still find it. There is also a SB and a rose from this label that I have not tried.
    Alta Maria Central Coast Chardonnay $3.99. This comes from Joe Wagner, the mind behind Meiomi. It is what you’d expect from this family, creamy with tropical fruit, low oak, apparently it was made to sell in supermarkets. There are other wines around from the Wagner family including a pinot noir rose from Oregon, and 2014 Carne Humana, a red blend of Napa Valley grapes that Steve the Petaluma wine guy is really excited about. On Mark’s recommendation I bought a bottle and will report.
    Ryad Pinot Noir California, $3.99. Warm weather grapes.
    Matua Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand 2014. Very reductive and it does not blow off. These last two will be returned.
    Bouchaine Carneros Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, not sure of the vintages, $9.99. This is a real winery with a decent reputation.
    Pomelo Rose, $2.99. This comes from the Mason winery in Napa Valley, best known for its Sauvignon Blanc. I have a bottle in the queue.

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      1. Eugene

        Thanks, Seedboy, for carrying this discussion of late. I have been following your comments with interest, though also frustration since so few of the wines show up in Oregon. Since returning from southern France recently, I have been exploring GO French roses, but unfortunately none of the ones I’ve liked seem to be still available. If I find any, I will report.

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        1. Zoel

          Stopped by the Richmond store on my way home today…found a sure winner – Sbragria Chard (Home Ranch) at $10…this is always a Costco winner at $21. Also, the ‘13 Bouchaine Chard @$8 is a no-brainer. Had the Jettlynn meritage tonight ($8) with steaks – worked great. Also grabbed a couple of Leto Chard – will let ya know.

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          1. seedboy

            I did not see that Sbragria Chardonnay, would have definitely bought it. I did try out the Carne Humana white, a blend of SB, Semillon and Chardonnay that is flabby and a bit sweet. Also: the Elouan Oregon Rose (from Joe Wagner, the man responsible for the Carne Humana) lacks acid and flavor other than something vaguely filthy. The Bonny Doon (It is not branded that way but you’ll recognize Randall Grahm’s touch) Rose of Tannat and something else reminds me of why I hate Tannat. The Richmond store does have a Sonoma County Aglianico right now (they might not have put it out yet) that smells like it comes from Puglia, but has more fresh fruit.

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            1. Eugene

              2010 Jettlyn Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, $8 in south Willamette Valley GOs. Lots of bottle age, looks like it’s working on slipping past the cork. Not there yet, though, and a pleasant dinner wine with silver salmon last night.

            2. Doug Green

              That Sbragia Chardonnay is in the Mira Mesa store in San Diego for $9.99 I’m not a Chardonnay person, but Ed Sbragia has been one of the best Chardonnay winemakers in California for decades, and what could go wrong with an Estate Dry Creek Chard from Sbragia for $10.

            3. mereimage

              I’ve been a huge Ed Sbragia fan since the glory days of his Beringer reign. The Home Ranch stuff from his own label is always consistent and very good. However, I purchased a bottle at the Williams store in San Jose and found it unappealing. For a 2014 I expected a little maturity with the wine but it had an off color and had completely gone over to the sabayon characteristic that is tell of an over aged chardonnay. However, I know folks who like that so if that’s for you… Also, picked up the 2012 Bouchaine Carneros Pinot. Solid varietal character with plenty of tart cherry and earthiness to stand up and hold up! Going back for more.

            4. Eugene

              Jettlynn, Paso Robles “Gout de Miel” white blend (65% Grenache blanc, 15% Muscat, 10% Chardonnay, 10% Riesling), 12.9% alcohol, $6 at the Eugene, Oregon, store. I don’t see a vintage date on the bottle. Too sweet for my taste, as is the fulsome prose praising the wine on the back label.

      2. BeerBudget

        The Bouchaine is probably the nicest GO Pinot I’ve had a since the Lost Canyon. Challenging year – drinks best on the first day. Also tried the 2014 Overland Kick Ranch ‘Argonaut’ blend mentioned elsewhere – concentrated, complex, cab-heavy BDX that could probably stand a few more years aging. I’ll grab a few more after I try the Petite Sirah under the same label. Also picked up, but haven’t opened the Jettlyn ‘Obulent’ and Zin.
        Also grateful to Seedboy for keeping the discussion going!

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        1. BeerBudget

          Wow, way off on this one. Rhone blend, not BDX, and obviously no cab. Not on the label, but evident after 10 seconds on google… Kick Ranch was sold this year; Overland was the label of the previous owners and omitted from timeline on their website https://kickranch.com/our-history . Explains why its at GO. Further errata ‘Opulent’ not Obulent.

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        2. Doon

          Tried the ’10 and ’13 Jettlynn Zin tonight with basil pesto pasta; nice match but nothing to write home about. Wines not special at $7 and $8 respectively. ’13 a little hot in the nose with 14.9% alc; the ’10 a bit smoother at 14.5%. Plummy Paso fruit, decent length to both small production, estate bottled wines. I’ll pass.

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  8. seedboy

    If you see a Tuscan Rose from Fattoria Sardi give it a try. Crisp, dry, not overly fruity, classy bottling.

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  9. Seedboy

    A couple of the stores have wines from Overland Kick Ranch. All of them are $9.99. The late harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2013 is a nice effort. it is very rich with a nice balance between acid and sweet and a glycerine texture. If you like stickies at all this is a good purchase.

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    1. Doug Green

      Mira Mesa has the Overland 2014 Argonaut and Grenache, and the 2012 Petite Sirah. Also all $9.99 I bought the Grenache, but haven’t popped it yet. I did not see the late harvest Sauvignon, or I’d have bought it, as I love stickies.

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  10. seedboy

    A friend who lives in Carmel and knows wine reports that one of the stores down that way has the Hartwell Sauvignon Blanc for $7 a bottle and it is lovely. Please let me know if you see this at any of the Bay Area stores.

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    1. Zoel

      Hartwell? Wow, that’s a top-notch Napa vintner (now shut down). GO buyer is back on the game! Love to pick some of this up…only surpassed by the Bevan SB I found two years ago. Reality is, SB has a limited shelf life (most like it fresh), and it is such a small portion of these wineries cash flow (vs. $150 cabs) that they don’t want to be bothered – hence the GO avenue.

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      1. seedboy

        Yeah with most white wines you don’t want back stock. That said I love aged SBs. I have a Matanzas Creek SB from 2002 I am in no hurry to open.

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    2. Happybaker

      Okay, now I have to look for that wine!

      And funny, the GO in the worst part of town? Tends to have the most amazing wines. Maybe I’ll give them a call…

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      1. seedboy

        Yesterday I was at Oakland and Pleasant Hill and did not see this wine. PH did have two different half bottles of Qupe Syrah, 2014 Central Coast and 2013 (I think) Santa Barbara County. I bought the latter, and found it rather flat. I also bought at Oakland a Tuscan rose that I’ve not yet tried.

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  11. Seedboy

    Lots of new wines recently, mostly at Richmond.
    Richmond has gotten a number of Cotes du Rhone reds. Domaine Juliette Avril Carainne has a lot of Mourvedre in it and if you like such wines you will like this one. Yes, some funk on the nose but it blows off.
    There are a couple of others, one a 2015 that I liked, and one a 2013 that I’ve not tried but BargainWhine recommends it. There is also an Avril Viognier that is pretty good for $2.99, typical Viognier fruit balanced by acid and a little bitterness.
    I also liked a wine from South Africa called Mar Vel Ous, it is a Rhone blend with a lot of Mourvedre, tasty. Oakland has a rose from this same winery that I like, it is mostly Mourvedre, not as fruity as some rose wines but nicely balanced.
    Richmond has gotten in the 2012 Qupe Central Coast Syrah for $6.99. This is a sound wine made by (in my opinion) California’s most reliable producer of wines from Rhone grapes. He’s also a Dodgers fan.
    Cedar Rock Monterey County Pinot Noir is $3.99 at some of the stores, varietally correct but not quite enough acid for my taste. I’ve seen a Dynamite Zin for $3.99 but have not sprung for one.
    New vintage of Woodwork Chardonnay. It is a butter bomb but good if you like that style.
    Overland Kick Ranch LH Sauv Blanc is $9.99 for a fancy .375. I have not opened my bottle but night later tonight.
    I am currently sipping on a Windstorm Santa Maria Valley Chard 2015 that I bought because WTSO offered it this morning for $12.99. You can get it at the GO for roughly half that and it is more restrained than the Woodwork, it might just make the cut for the mussels I’m preparing tonight ($1.99 in your GO freezer section).

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    1. Doon

      Agree with SB on Lindquist skill with Rhone varietals. I have seen some splits of the Qupe ’14 Central Coast Syrah $4 and ’13 Santa Barbara Co. Syrah $5; picked up the latter and found it quite nice, ready to drink, varietally correct, with a nice white pepper note and medium to long finish. worth additional purchase IMHO. Did not try the Central Coast, but a very consistent house style to that higher production volume wine that I found pleasant in other vintages.

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        1. Doon

          SF Peninsula. A friend found these in San Luis Obispo or Paso Robles, don’t know which, and told me about them so I went by South SF and found them there. At least a case of each on the shelf yesterday.

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          1. Expat

            I tried the Santa Barbara Syrah split for $4.99. Qupe is a good producer and I like the restrained, classic style. Got it in San Luis Obispo and will get more if they are still there. The Central Coast syrah would be a good, reliable one too, I’m sure.

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    2. Happybaker

      Seedboy –

      Good to know about Woodwork Chardonnay – the hubster is a butter bomb guy and I just saw it at the Burbank GO – so that should make him happy. I’ll pick some up the next time.

      Burbank also had the Qupe Syrah and as we are set to have a syrah loving friend over for drinks, I grabbed a bottle. She’s coming over tonight so, fingers crossed that it’s as nice as the Qupe’s we’ve had in the past!

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      1. Happybaker

        Seedboy –

        I got the woodwork and you were right – it is a butter bomb and? My husband loves it.

        GO has had other wines with butter and cake and churns and I dunno what else in there name that I tried for my husband and frankly? They were awful. The woodwork is at least tasty!

        The Qupe Syrah? Sadly, not that great. I think it was the one you said was flat and, I agree.

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        1. Zoel

          I picked up the Overland PS as well as the Red Blend – both are solid and good values at $10. We liked the blend slightly better, but both are well-made and good structure.
          Found these plus a bonus – the Petaluma store had the Qupe Reserve Syrah in splits @$5, just a buck more than the regular syrah in splits…even though the Reserve is usually triple the price. Upon opening the first bottle, seemed a bit simple at first, and then started to breathe…and became just what I expected – superb! Went back and grabbed a bunch more, it is a killer deal. Only seen at Petaluma, not in SRosa or RPark.

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          1. Auntbeapug

            I was lucky enough to find a reserve Qupe Syrah split in SLO a few weeks ago. Of course, I loved it, and of course, there were no more to be found when I returned the next day…

            Enjoying the Paso Rosso for $3.99. This is a sound, everyday, red wine at a great price.

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    3. Happybaker

      Seedboy –

      Life got crazy and I did not make it to my GO to restock on wine. I hit my local Ralph’s (Krogers’s, QFC) and nabbed a few wines I know and three new cheapies that looked interesting.

      Imagine my surprise when I opened the bottles and found four dollar wines that? Tasted like four dollar wines! (Boy howdy have I been spoiled by GO ; )

      So just a shout out to this website for always helping me find four dollar wines that taste like so SO much more. I raise a glass to you!

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  12. flitcraft

    Just returned to the Puget Sound after a month’s absence. Saw a few interesting things here in Seattle: Bridgeview Black Beauty Pinot Noir, Oregon, 2011 at 5.99. It appears to be from a family-owned winery, and retails for 20 smackers on its website. Forte Regia Chianti Riserva, 2014; at 6.99. This one we bought and opened–it’s a serviceable Chianti, though on the lighter side. Worth the tariff, especially given the dearth of good Italian wines here in the PNW lately. St. Holga Spatlese, Rheinheissen, 2017; 5.99. It’s certainly not one to age (it’s in a screwtop) but at 9.5 % alcohol, I thought it worth taking a flyer on for summer quaffing. Will report back once opened. I also saw a St. Holga Pfalz (just plain) Riesling, but at 12.5% alcohol I didn’t think it would be to my taste. It’s 4.99 and in a scary blue bottle (though not shaped like a pet or featuring a tourist attraction like the last couple of German wines to grace the GO shelves.) I passed, but I might change my mind the next time I’m there.The Waterbrook Cherry Street Red is back, at 9.99; it’s the 2012 version. And, I found the Alleromb Grenache for 9.99–this time, it’s the 2012 instead of the 2013,and it’s in a screwtop. I really liked the 2013, so I picked up one for comparison sake. Finally, I saw the Torii Mor Pinot Gris at 12.99–back in our two income days, I would have picked this up for sure. I have enjoyed it in the past, but in the past, I didn’t blanch a 20 bucks a bottle wine. (Which is what the shelf-talker claims it sells for elsewhere, and I don’t doubt they’re right.)

    In encouraging news, I met the new wine guy at Lake City, Alfonso. He’s friendly and seems pretty knowledgeable. I haven’t seen so many interesting things at this particular GO in quite a while, and since it’s my closest GO, this makes me happy. He reported that he’s making over the wine area with the intent to stock more interesting stuff, and also that every Wednesday, wine cases will be 10% off, and one Wednesday a month, there’ll be tastings. So things are looking up there

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    1. Darrell

      A Pfalz at 12.5% I’m not getting. Allowing for a 1.5% latitude from the stated alcohol, even a 11% sounds high.

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      1. flitcraft

        Perhaps it is fermented dry? My limited experience with German trocken wines is that they take some talent to produce successfully; having never heard of St. Holga, I rather doubted whether they would produce a good one. And, you can save you money regarding the Spatlese: it was relatively weakly flavored and flabby, without enough acid to suit me.

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    2. Happybaker

      So SO jealous of the tastings! If they had one at our GO, life would be so much easier…

      Tried a new wine and? No. “Ride” chardonnay (with a bike on the label.) 2014, from Napa, $3.99 and? Tasted like herbs. Like a confused SB, not a chardonnay. I think it’s a private label bottling…

      What I saw but did not buy was this –
      https://www.vivino.com/wineries/kunza/wines/limited-edition-chardonnay-9999

      4.99, really couldn’t find reviews and the ones I did find? Mentioned a hint of banana. Which worried me. So I may go back and try it, I may not. But if anyone has already quaffed? Please! Cast your vote!

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      1. Darrell

        The evaluator tasted the Kunza Chardonnay at about one year old and that is young enough to still have some fermentation bouquet, part of which may have that banana smell, amyl acetate. One has to look beyond that bouquet, if one can, to predict the potential of that wine. I once purchased a young Chard that smelled fresh and fruity, but was only disappointed later after the fermentation bouquet blew off with age.

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        1. Happybaker

          Thanks Darrell – that explains heaps. Plus now I have a new phrase in my life – fermentation bouquet!

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    3. flitcraft

      The Bridgeview Pinot Noir is rather tight and tannic. It needs food for sure, and I can’t really recommend it, all things being equal. Too bad, because small wineries are the source of many of our best GO bargains.

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    4. lim13

      Bridgeview’s been around for many years, but I haven’t had any of their wines since the early 2000’s. I cut ties with them when their Blue Moon Riesling in blue glass became their top seller. Other than the Alleromb, none of the other wines you mentioned are over here in west sound. I’m assuming you never saw the email I sent you while you were gone, FC; never heard back. I believe it had something to do with the white Burgundy you gave me a couple years ago. Unfortunately my short term memory is shot…but then, I’m an old hippie.

      Haven’t looked for or purchased any GO wines since the last sale, but just returned from a week in the northern Willamette Valley and some lovely wines…most way too expensive. Best wines I had (and even purchased a few) were from Elizabeth Chambers Cellar in the beautiful old red brick building that Panther Creek used to inhabit in McMinnville. Their Pinots and rose’ are delicious.

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    1. lim13

      Saw the Torii Mor in Bremerton, but price was high for GO without knowing what I was getting, so I passed. I’ll wait to see what others think and report. They’re a reputable winery, but I’m not a trusting soul when it comes to GO wines over $10.

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      1. Seedboy

        I have had some lovely examples but not so many recently. The wine.com liquidation wines and the rumored Katrina wines above $10 were great. At a sale about 5 years ago there was some good Champagne and an exceptional Chateauneuf du Pape blanc. But after that, not so much.

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  13. Darrell

    At the Petaluma GO there are two Joseph Kent wines, a 2012 Joseph Kent Vieux Carre and a 2014 Shapeshifter. The 2012 Joseph Kent Vieux Carré a white rhone blend of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Viognier for $4.99 and the Shapeshifter is a blend of Zin, Syrah and Petite Syrah for $7.99. The 2012 Joseph Kent Vieux Carré produced and bottled by while the Shapeshifter isn’t, can’t remember whether vinted or cellared by. Bought the 2012 Joseph Kent Vieux Carré since it was produced and bottled by and wanted to compare it to Bonny Doon 2012 Le Cigare Blanc “Beeswax Vineyard”.

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    1. Darrell

      The 2012 Joseph Kent Vieux Carré has a lengthy, vintage branded whole cork which was a good start. If anybody has or can recall the Bonny Doon 2012 Le Cigare Blanc “Beeswax Vineyard,” this Joseph Kent wine is lighter and less ponderous. The color is light yellow. The nose is a light blend of oak and varietal fruit, but not a fruity, estery bouquet nor is it waxy. Med. body and acid and not a first choice for shellfish on the half shell but rather for fish and chicken courses. My wife doesn’t like most SB and thought I would give this a try and will pick up some as a substitute white.

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      1. seedboy

        I liked this wine, sadly Petaluma is the only store where I’ve seen it. Benny gets a lot of stuff on his own.

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        1. Darrell

          I had a feeling this wine was the case as you mention. I couldn’t find any of the Val de Loire or that 2016 Yankalilla Chardonnay there though. I think Benny found a Russian deli closeout similar to some of his wine discoveries.

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  14. Happybaker

    Burbank CA, I picked up two bottles I have not seen listed, both $3.99 –

    Deep Sea Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County, 2013
    Yankalilla Chardonanny, South Eastern Australia, 2016

    The Deep Sea appears to be a wine.com closeout –
    https://www.wine.com/product/conway-family-wines-deep-sea-chardonnay-2013/191645

    The Yankalilla? Woot.com
    https://wine.woot.com/offers/yankalilla-australian-chardonnay-6
    (Woot listed it’s retail as $20 per bottle and sold it for $10 per.)

    To my taste the Deep Sea chard is a loss – just tastes sour. And I usually like SB Chardonnays.

    Happily the Yankalilla? Lovely. Rich, creamy but not too heavy, they say it tastes a bit of toast but at the end, I just taste almonds or a hint of apricot. Definitely a rebuy, I’ll probably be there Monday to nab more!

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    1. Happybaker

      FYI, the first night we opened the Yankalilla? We thought “Okay, nice, doable.”

      We uncorked the bottle the next day to drink the rest? It had gotten better! Richer, more complex, longer finish. Just fab. (And that’s the taste I posted my review on.) Makes me want to pick up bottles, and open them the day before I’ll drink them, to get that extra yumminess.

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      1. Darrell

        Happy, I like, I like. It’s hopping good and especially at $3.99 a bottle. The wine was imported by A W Direct in Santa Rosa, CA and then cellared and bottled by them. The nose is tropical, orange-like. The flavors are nothing I have had in a Chardonnay. I smelled the wine and wasn’t expecting much in flavor, but was I surprised in the mouth. I was hoping for white Burgundian wine making, but didn’t get any lees aging or bâtonnage treatment in the nose. I don’t get any toast, but it was quite flavorful. I popped open the bottle with fresh caught French food, grenouille appendages. Definitely will pick up more. Thanks.

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        1. Happybaker

          Darrell –
          So glad you liked it! And yup, it’s not a classic CA chardonnay but still, pretty tasty. And I’m glad you reported – I forgot to pick some up when I hit the 20% off sale last week, I’ll be sure to nab some this Monday or Tuesday. If you liked it at $3.99, imagine how you’d feel about $3.20?!
          (Oh and can’t believe you had fresh caught um, grenouille appendages…)

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            1. Happybaker

              Seedboy – I had a post that gave the location but, I think it was awaiting moderation. Anyhoo, just the Los Angeles area stores, none in NoCa : (

            2. Darrell

              These 20% off sales might be at the discretion of individual GO stores since my local Novato GO is having one, but this might be a special situation since this store’s liquor section was shut down by the ABC for a spell. I was wondering the same as you when Happy mentioned her 20% off sale.

            3. Happybaker

              Darrell –

              The sale was a bit odd as, not at one of the “official” times (round easter and Thanksgiving) but, hey, I wasn’t going to look a gift horse in the mouth!

              And all 5 LA Area stores, so they must have come to an agreement : )

  15. seedboy

    The Fairview Chenin Blanc is delicious. Nicely balanced, a nice minerality, fresh tasting, nice citrus fruit.

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      1. Sebastian

        I had the Sauvignon Blanc. I thought it was pretty tasty – nice mix of citrus and stonefruit – but a little less crisp than I prefer. It was definitely worth every penny of the 3.99 pricetag.

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        1. seedboy

          I’ve not yet opened the SB. I did try a 2014 Loire SB that some of the stores now have. It is $3.99 also and a very nice wine. I also opened the Fairview Viognier. I like them to be restrained, but this one is pretty much flavorless. There is also a Spice Rack (I think) Chenin from South Africa. It is tasty but not as complex as the Fairview. At the SF store I got a Syrah from Hawkes Bay New Zealand called Maimai or something like that, nice example of a cooler-climate Syrah. If I did not have so much GO Syrah waiting to be consumed I’d buy some more.

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            1. Darrell

              One can a lot of bang for the buck with a Val de Loire. Will be on the lookout for this, thanks.

            2. seedboy

              I saw some of the Val de Loire at Richmond a couple of days ago. Oakland seems to be out of it now.

            3. Darrell

              I think I found your Val de Loire, a 2014 Le Grand Caillou, and I like it for the price. Not like other Val de Loires I have had or other forms of SB around the world, but rather a flinty, high acid white to pair with shellfish crudo. Not high in a SB varietal character that I can recall, but has a distinctive character that I can’t find a descriptor for.

            4. Seedboy

              You found it. The flavor profile comes from the flinty soil, noted by the flint on the label. I like it, noting a bit of reduction though when first opened.

  16. seedboy

    Oakland store had Wednesday some new white wines from Fairview in South Africa including Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. I bought a couple and will be trying them over the next few days.

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    1. Darrell

      I bought all three in SF and popped the Chenin Blanc and the Viognier. The Chenin Blanc is nice for the price, clean with moderate fruit in the nose. I thought the Viognier had more fruit and flavor, but not my idea of Viognier varietal character. Some of this estery fruitiness may be due to fermentation bouquet since the wines are three years old, fermented early 2015. Definitely thought the extra dollar for the Viognier over the Chenin Blanc was worth it.

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