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90+ Bargains: Tablas Creek Rose and Oysters Anyone?

August 21, 2013 Uncategorized  No comments

Tablas Creek Rose with OystersSeveral weeks ago, I was sitting on the porch at Tablas Creek Winery in Paso Robles, CA drinking their Patelin de Tablas Rose and eating Beausoleil oysters.  As U.S. wine drinkers  finally discover the beauty of Rose, Tablas Creek will be at the top of the list of domestic rose, without a doubt.  You see, they were founded by the Perrin family, owners of the famed Beaucastel estate, who have, along with the rest of the developed world, enjoyed rose for years.

Until a couple of years ago, Tablas Creek produced exclusively estate wines.  But as their wines became more exclusive (and expensive), demand from restaurants and the general public increased.  So Tablas started their "Patelin de Tablas" line using mostly sourced fruit from nearby vineyards, many of which have

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High-End Values: Two from Anderson’s Conn Valley (94, 95 points)

February 21, 2013 Uncategorized  No comments

Mac-Sawyer-Andersons-Conn-Valley-Vineyards-Winemaker NewIn July of 2010, my wife and I spent two memorable hours in the cave of Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyard with winemaker Mac Sawyer tasting several wines out of the bottle and several more out of the barrel.  The last barrel tasting was the 2009 Reserve Cabernet, which has just been released with a 96+ point score.  Read all about our experience here.

This past May, we had another cave tasting scheduled with Mac but when we arrived, no one was there.  We later found out that he had suddenly passed away a few days earlier.  A very sad end to a brilliant winemaker's life, but his legacy lives on in these three wines which achieved some of the highest scores in Sawyer's career.

The 2009 Reserve Cabernet is almost sold out, so I won't write it up other than to say it's a brilliant wine.

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Seven Heavenly Chardonnay – Heavenly wine at a deadly price!

October 25, 2011 Uncategorized  2 comments

Michael and David Winery is best known for their very popular Seven Deadly Zins bottling.  As gimmicky as that wine is, it's usually one of the better Zinfandel values in the market and it was a nice surprise to me to discover their fantastic Chardonnay, Seven Heavenly Chards.  With names like this, Michael and David might would fit right in on the Australian wine scene or the horse racing circuit.

The "Heavenly" name delivers, as this wine is one of the better Chardonnay values on the market today.  It's grown in the Lodi region, 100 miles east of San Francisco.  Lodi produces more wine than Sonoma and Napa counties combined and savvy producers are making great wine from the abundance of available grapes.

A bright, sweet and smokey nose is followed by concentrated buttery flavors

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My Favorite Picture from Napa: Opus One in the snow

February 24, 2011 Uncategorized  One comment

Here's something you don't see very often: Opus One Winery with a snow covered Howell Mountain in the background.  I took this Saturday, February 19 from the parking lot of Oakville Grocery.

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Vote for LA Wine Co on the Fox LA Hotlist!

February 13, 2011 Uncategorized  No comments

LA Wine Co. has been giving We the Consumer the gift of wine deals since 27 years before this blog was started, so now it's time to give them something back.  No, not all of the wine you've bought.  That would be criminal.  It's time to vote for LA Wine Co. as the best wine shop in LA.  They are currently in second place which is also criminal.  Don't live in LA?  Who cares?  They ship all over the country (where my Indiana followers at?)

I voted because I want the deals to keep on coming.  Do yourself a favor and vote.  Wine lovers experience bad karma in the form of corked bottles and hangovers.
Vote for LA Wine Co HERE!

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Meet the Blogger

January 28, 2011 Uncategorized  One comment

Some of our loyal readers have been asking who this phantom blogger is, so allow me to introduce myself.

I'm Mason Hewitt, originally from Indianapolis, Indiana but more recently living in sometimes sunny Los Angeles, California (Redondo Beach to be exact), with my lovely wife and editor, Brittany.  I graduated from Purdue University in 2005 making me a relatively young wine drinker.  That fact is what made me so passionate about finding great wine deals. As a recent college graduate , living in Chicago with relatively little disposable income, I was forced to find the absolute best bargains if I wanted to drink decent wine (which I most certainly did).  My ability to spend on wine has expanded somewhat since those lean years, but my passion for drinking only the best values

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Baby all I want for Christmas is… wine!

December 16, 2010 Uncategorized  One comment

Christmas is a time to give wine, receive wine, and drink wine.  It's also a time for being forced to listen to nauseating songs over and over again, watch cheesy black and white movies and spend time with relatives you only see once a year.  Heck, my family even drinks wine in the morning around Christmas time ( I call it Mimosa hold the orange juice).

So what wine do I want for Christmas this year?  Honey are you reading this?  This is my top 5 list:

1. 2007 Joseph Phelps Insignia (RP 97-100) $149.95 - This is a potential 100 point wine that will last decades.  What could make a better gift?

2.  2002 Dom Perignon Warhol Edition (RP96, WS95) $129.95 - Call it cliché but this is a highly age worthy, world class Champagne.  Plus it comes in a cool bottle.

3.  2005 Clarendon

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1,000 people “Like” L.A. Wine Co. Do you?

August 9, 2010 Uncategorized  No comments

As of today, over 1,000 people "Like" LA Wine Co. on Facebook.  That's pretty impressive since only a few month that number was zero.  Liking LA Wine Co. on Facebook is a great way to keep up with the latest wine deals.  If you're like me and can't get enough wine deals, just imagine seeing the latest 90 point Cabernet come up on your Facebook feed while you're wasting time checking in at work.  It sure beats reading your third grade girlfriend's progress with potty training her children...

LA Wine Co. Facebook Page

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10% off all wines in stock at L.A. Wine Co.

July 23, 2010 Uncategorized  No comments

Well it doesn't get much better than this!  LA Wine Co. already has the lowest prices in the country and Sunday from noon to 5 only, everything in stock is 10% off.  The catch?  This deal is only available in store.  If you are reading this from the LA area, do yourself a favor and get there early to pick up your favorite wines.  This is the only chance I know of all year to buy wines at these unheard of prices.

The line out the door says it all!

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3 Brooms Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009- $11.95 for single vineyard NZ quality

May 12, 2010 Daily DrinkersUncategorizedWines under $10  One comment

3 Brooms Sauvignon Blanc 2009Nothing starts off a spring or summer evening better than a cool, crisp Sauvignon Blanc.   I think the best Sauvignon Blancs, especially for the value-focused consumer, are coming out of New Zealand's Marlborough region.  In a way, Sauvignon Blanc is a pure expression of wine, uninfluenced by oak, with all the focus on the grape.  This makes it the perfect wine to open an evening.

Barker’s Marque’s version is particularly rich, compared to many Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand, but it's a perfect expression of the varietal.  This wine is produced from a single vineyard and it really shows.  It starts with the signature bright, citrus notes that jump out of the glass.  The rich mouthfeel and tart acid would make this wine a perfect pairing to a rich, fatty fish like salmon, Chilean

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