What? A Merlot? Livermore Valley Retzlaff 2005 Merlot

What a Merlot?  Let the truth be told, I have not been crazy about Merlots lately.  I’m not sure if I have been avoiding them, but I think I just got distracted by all the other varietals that are out there.  We happened to go wine tasting at Livermore’s own Retzlaff Winery before the holidays, […]

Livermore Grocery Outlet Wine Alert! Red Head Ranch 2005 Zinfandel

Hello fellow wine lovers!  Do you remember when I blogged about the 2003 Red Head Ranch Zin straight from the Grocery Outlet?  If you cannot remember the wine alert from earlier in the month, see details below on my past blog.

Monday Nights are usually “blah” and I was hoping for something to liven up […]

I heart Research Fridays

Jenny called me up early last week and said, “do you realize that this is the last Friday we have for Research Friday before the kids get out of school for Christmas break?”  I hadn’t realized this, but as the realization sunk in, I suddenly discovered that folding clothes and straightening the house would NOT […]

Thomas Coyne to the Rescue!

A couple of weeks ago (November 20th, to be exact), my extended family had a portrait scheduled at Sycamore Grove.  If you have never been there, it is a beautiful place for walking, biking, and, yes, even taking photos.  Well, we ran into a major problem – the rain was coming down in a way that was […]

2005 Stony Ridge Petite Sirah

I have to say, of all the deals that have been found lately in Livermore, this one is quite a treat.  It’s been a while (do I dare say 2 months?), but as Rachel and I were out scouring the Livermore Valley Wine country for the latest prized wine, we decided to stop in […]

Wine Alert!

This is an alert from the Bryersantis Emergency Wine Alert systems!!!!!  Run don’t walk to Grocery Outlet, Livermore this weekend.   There you will find the 2005 Mendocino Wattle Creek Red Wine Blend and the 2002 Astralle e Terra Napa Valley Syrah, each for 4.99……  the Wattle Creek is my favorite of the two.  Each exceptional […]

2005 Stony Ridge Trifecta Syrah

A bit of walnut. Dark midnight red color. Light red taste. I’ve ordered the 2005 Stony Ridge Trifecta Petite Syrah here at Swirl in Livermore. I’m having the turkey pesto and the Swirl expert promises it will go well together. This wine will do fine for lunch, dinner or after dinner. I love the syrahs.


Spotlight 2005 Merlot Central Coast

I got a text today from my wife asking if I could join her and the rest of my family at my brother in-law’s house for dinner. There was another text right after that to, “bring the wine”. I was instructed to grab something really quick from our house and come on over. I […]

Tenuta: Kelley’s Blend

This afternoon I was presented with the opportunity to go to Tenuta Winery.  As Tenuta is one of my top 5 in Livermore, it was a no-brainer.  One of the things I love about Tenuta is that when you walk in the door, you are greeted and recognized.  Whether it is Gary pouring the wine or Rich greeting you […]