The Cheap Bastard’s Personal Wine Shopper


Amidst endless hype and blather that dominates the world of online wine sellers, one offer this week stood far above the crowd. Nothing wrong with tasty wines at rock bottom prices, is there?

Ten money-saving wine deals are offered until March 31 by the California Wine club…

These wines are deeply discounted and this current offer includes $1 shipping on half, full or mixed cases. 

Each wine I’ve selected from about 100 listed on the site is a great value for its type, including a $40 Napa Cabernet better than most $100 Cabs.

Insider Info: This is one of the oldest and most reliable clubs that in my experience delivers on time with no hassles.

Most wines are made from small, family owned wineries.

My  Ten Picks (free of course):

2013 Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough,NZ  $9.25

2015 Pedroncelli Chardonnay, Dry Creek Valley, $11.99

2012 Zaca Mesa Z-Blanc, Santa Ynez Valley $11.99

2012 Highway 20 Zinfandel, Sierra Foothills $11.99

2014 Rabbit Ridge, Tuscan Style Red, Paso Robles $12.99

2014 Clos LaChance Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast $12.99

2014 Lucas & Lewellen Cabernet Franc, Estate Santa Barbara $13.99

2012 Groom Shiraz, Barossa Valley, $20.00

2012 Stolpman Syrah, Ballard Canyon $29.00

2012 Bacio Divino Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $40


Author: robywine, norm roby

My career as a wine journalist/critic began in 1975 when my article about California Petite Sirah was published. My focus remained on California as I edited a monthly wine magazine and then moved on to The Wine Spectator in 1981. Over the following years, my column appeared under the banner of “Stormin’ Norman, and I also wrote articles about wine collectors and wine auctions. Without getting into a year by year bio, let me try to summarize here. During my time with The Spectator which I enjoyed immensely, I taught wine classes at a culinary school and at other venues in San Francisco. Before venturing into wine, teaching was my thing, English Lit and Rhetoric. After The Spectator I was the U.S. Contributor to Decanter Magazine, writing mostly about California, but also expanding into Washington State and Oregon. My Decanter years began in 1992 and after buying a summer home in France in 2000, I traveled throughout France and eventually published articles about St. Emilion, Castillon, Bergerac, Minervois, Roussillon, Luberon, Provence, and Alsace. Also, around 2000, my wife began working for Cousino-Macul in Chile, so we tasted and traveled our way through Chile and, of course, managed to fly over the Andes and explore and taste our way through Argentina. As travel lovers, we have also spent many interesting days visiting the wine regions of Spain, Italy, Portugal, Sicily, Greece, and New Zealand. And to come to a close, I was Director of a Charity Wine Auction for 20 years, 1992-2000 that benefitted a local hospital. That brought me in contact with wine collectors and to the auction scene. And finally, I co-authored a book, The Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine published by Alfred A. Knopf. It went through 4 editions and sold over 500.000 copies.

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