Time to Harvest Great Wine Deals

The first major online September wine sale is at www.cawineclub.com   

And is a wonderful way to kick off the harvest season.

And stock up on all types of wine because this sale turns out to be a bargain hunter’s paradise with excellent wines from real wineries.

Take advantage of terrific discounts, a few over 50% off.

And the sale includes $1 shipping on 6 or 12 bottles. Shipping a case normally runs $38-40.

Check out this exciting “Harvest Wine Sale” which ends on September 30, 2018.  Prices listed are per bottle.

My top 5 Great Value picks under $15

2016 Cambria Monterey Chardonnay  $8.99

2013 Tangent Grenache Blanc Edna Valley $9.99

2013 Zaca Mesa Syrah Santa Ynez $12.99

2014 Kieu Hoang Cabernet Sauvignon Napa $11.99

2016 Clos LaChance Central Coast Red $13.99

Top Scoring Wine

94 points, (tasted at the winery 23 August)

2016 Clos LaChance Central Coast Red $13.99

Combines Merlot, Cabernet, Malbec and Petit Verdot from home vyd in Santa Clara and nearby estate vineyards.

Crafted in a smooth, rich classy style. Classic blackberry, tea leaf, spicy aromas and flavors with light touch of oak. Serve this Meritage red to your snobby Napa Valley friends and they will think it is a $100 bottle.

Drink now or age this one for a few years This is the old Clos LaChance label that is being replaced next vintage which might explain the exceptional deal.

Best of the Rest under $50

2015 Morgan Winery Pinot Noir, Double L, Santa Lucia Highlands $38.

This is the top of the line and is fabulous Pinot at any price.

See more at www.cawineclub.com

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International Pinot Noir Day!

Those 6 or 12 bottle sets of wine deals organized around some theme are best ignored. They are featured by most of those wine clubs sending wines 3 or 4 times a year.

The wines are most likely being unloaded for good reason and usually are not much of a deal at any price.

In my coverage of the top 20 online wine sellers, I routinely suggest wine lovers with any brains avoid these themed deals like the plague or a STD.

Well, one 6 bottle set came along that includes excellent wines at an attractive price. 

And yes, this is International Pinot Noir Day!

The theme is “6 Pinots from our Favorite Growing Regions.”

From wineaccess.com which selected 6 excellent Pinots from top vintages.

the price of $149, shipping included, is excellent.

The Pinots are from Scribe (Sonoma Valley), Bernardus (Santa Lucia Highlands) Withers Hill, (Dundee, Oregon), Domaine de la Cote (Santa Rita Hills) Karo-Kahn (Carneros)  and Solena Estate (Willamette Valley).

The website:



Thinking About Buying 2015 Bordeaux: Start Here


Yes, 2015 is an excellent vintage for most of Bordeaux. I was there during the early harvesting.

The vine in the close-up photo is Merlot at Chateau Monbousquet a few days before the harvest. The best winemakers have sorting devices (often people) that remove the raisined grapes prior to fermentation, in case you were curious.

And yes, 90+ scores are so plentiful as reviewers went crazy when the wines were sampled early on. So there’s little meaningful guidance if you go by the scores.

My buying strategy is to prefer the 2015s from St. Emilion by a slight margin. The growing season favored Merlot which made St. Emilion and, of course, Pomerol, the hit of the year.

www.wine.com just announced its first big offering of the 2015s. No discounts but plenty of choices and shipping options. This is a major, well-established, and reliable seller. See my detailed review at http://www.bestonlinewineshopping.com

My focus, as always, is on wines that are authentic, true to their region, can be enjoyed over the next few years and represent excellent value.

My top 5 picks of 2015 Bordeaux under $35.00 at http://www.wine.com:

Chateau de France, Pessac $24.99

Château Haut Brisson, St. Emilion $31.99

Tour Saint Christophe, St. Emilion $34.99

Château Cantemerle, Haut Medoc $34.99

Château Fombrouge, St. Emilion $34.99

A Cool Pinot Noir Event for You

The International Pinot Noir Celebration in Oregon got underway this past week, and it is one of the best wine events held anywhere. It is also a popular one that sells out early.

For those Pinot lovers who were not enjoying copious quantities of Pinot in the heat at McMinnville, the festival’s headquarters, don’t feel left out.

Remain inside by the air conditioner and check out the exciting Pinot sales festival at this site:


They call it the “Pinot Palooza Wine Shop.” I call it a terrific opportunity to experiment with Pinots from around the world.

Most are priced below $25 a bottle.

Look over the list and you might discover an exciting new to-you growing region for your favorite and so sensitive to climate, Pinot Noir.

 Once a trip to New Zealand to review Sauvignon Blanc, I fell in love with kiwi Pinot Noir in general and those from Central Otago in particular.

So you can always expect to learn something when tasting Pinots from different places.

Here are the regions represented in the Palooza package:

Russian River, Sonoma Coast, Anderson Valley, Bennett Valley, Central Otago, the Willamette Valley and, of course, Burgundy. There is even a German and a Loire Valley Pinot to challenge the true Pinot fan.

Here are my top 5 recommendations:

  • 2014 Waipara Hills, Central Otago, NZ, $13.99
  • 2013 Champs de Reves, Anderson Valley, $24.99
  • 2013 Frostwatch, Bennett Valley, $19.99
  • 2014 Cardwell Hills, Willamette Valley $14.99
  • 2014 Banshee Sonoma Coast, $54.99

There are other good Pinots, so scroll through the entire list.

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