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Deal Alert: $30 off Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet 2005

April 30, 2011 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

Nickel and Dime Wine readers are getting this deal 48 hours before it's announced to the general public.

Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet is one of the most highly regarded wines from the Napa Valley.  Its ratings pedigree is legendary, garnering cult scores at reasonable production levels.  This is the wine that's $180 on every prime steakhouse's reserve list.  $115 at the winery, $90 at most retailers, LA Wine Co. is selling it for $59.95.  This is the best Cabernet deal of the year so far.  Easily.

Beringer Private Reserve is also one of my personal favorites.  I have every vintage between 2003 and 2007 with the exception of '06 which I missed somehow.  The 2005 featured here was awarded 94 points from Stephen Tanzer who called it "Sexy from the start", 93 from

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A RP 95 point Bordeaux: ’05 Chateau Fleur Cardinale $59.95

March 20, 2011 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

Today's post is written by Brian Hewitt, guest blogger, wine lover/collector and father of your's truly.

Let’s face it, consistently picking a knock-out Bordeaux is more of a challenge than picking a killer California cab. Bordeaux is nearly eight times the size of Napa Valley, so naturally, there is a wider range of styles produced there. Add in the significant variation from vintage to vintage and picking a winner can be a challenge.  Knowing this, my usual plan is to try it first on someone else’s nickel. I violated my own rule for a weekend trip to Scottsdale, bought a single bottle of 2005 Chateau Fleur Cardinale and am running back for more.

My average price per bottle is creeping higher (we can argue about the long term impact of that later) but I still think about it

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2009 Cakebread Chardonnay – Modernizing a classic $34.95

February 2, 2011 High End Values  No comments

Cakebread is probably the most famous name in domestic Chardonnay.  It's the wine business people drop $100+ on at restaurants when they are trying to impress clients and the wine I buy to celebrate my wife's birthday.  The Cakebread name is synonymous with luxury and quality.  When you order Cakebread, you know you are going to get a great Chardonnay with remarkable consistency from vintage to vintage.

So when I opened a bottle of Cakebread's 2009 Chardonnay to celebrate a friend's engagement, I was a little surprised at what I tasted.  Not because the quality was anything different- the wine was fantastic.  I was surprised because what I tasted was a departure, although not a dramatic one, from the rich, oaky style Cakebread is known (and sometimes criticized) for.  As one who enjoys

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Do you remember when you had “that bottle” of wine?

September 13, 2010 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  One comment

Everyone has a bottle that really turned them on to wine.  For me it was a Nickel & Nickel Syrah that was ordered at a business dinner right after I graduated from college.  Now that I'm way past the point of being turned on to wine, I've found that certain bottles turn me on to regions or styles of wine.  Since that first special bottle, I've started to love Priorat after drinking a Mas Doix Salanques, Chardonnay after first trying Cakebread and so on.

I've always liked Rhone wines, especially Chateauneuf du Pape, but I never "got it" until last week (by "getting it" I mean that I would seek out these wines to collect).  I was on vacation in Charleston, SC (you could probably tell by my total lack of posts) where we had a veritable wine extravaganza.  While dining at our favorite

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Cakebread Chardonnay 2008- Always a great value $34.95

April 22, 2010 High End Values  One comment

I had an unexpected surprise tonight and no, it wasn't my 20 minute conversation with a former American Idol's intoxicated wife, although that was a surprise.  It was that the Chardonnay served while conducting that conversation, at a big convention's opening cocktail hour, was Cakebread (classy right?).  Normally you get a $5 grocery store wine like Mondavi Woodbridge, but tonight was special!

Cakebread is one of my perennial favorites and the 2008 vintage doesn't disappoint.   It's a great mix of fresh green apple flavors with a great mouthcoating buttery texture.  It has new oak, with with a balance that so many California Chardonnays are missing.

I had the pleasure of visiting Cakebread Winery last year and can tell you firsthand that they take their wine very seriously.  We

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2007 Caymus Cabernet: Incredible Value at $59.95

April 18, 2010 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

How can a $60 wine be an incredible value?  When it's Caymus Cabernet.

I'm sitting outside under the California heater on a beautiful spring evening and I'm trying to come up with a reason why the 2007 Caymus isn't the most enjoyable wine I've ever had.  I'm willing to officially crown this the best California Cabernet I've had under $100.  And it's $40 under $100!

2007 is really proving to be a great vintage for Napa Cabernet.  It's approachable early, but has the structure to age.  I had the 2006 Caymus soon after it was released and it was good, but really needed to be laid back for 5 years before it was really ready to drink.  The '07 tastes amazing now and I have every reason to believe it's only going to get better.

This wine is unique.  The nose is complex and warm with

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Deal Alert: 2007 Robert Craig Affinity RP96 $39.95

March 30, 2010 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

Note: This post was originally published on March 30th with a price of $44.95.  LA Wine Co. has blown out the price at only $39.95.  Buy it up!

From time to time I come across great deals that I have not yet tasted, usually because the wine isn't ready to drink.  Rather than keep the deals to myself, I will alert my loyal followers.

Robert Craig has been producing top notch mountain wines for years, but this year appears to be their best, at least according to Robert Parker.

This Cabernet was rated at 96 points and at under $40, this is a serious value.  96 point Robert Parker reviews are typically reserved for mailing list only, $150+ per bottle wines- Harlan Estate, Schrader, Pride Mountain Reserve come to mind.

LA Wine Co. is selling this 96 point wine for $39.99.  I

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Top Wine Deal Site: WTSO.com

March 11, 2010 Nickel & Dime Retailers  3 comments

From time to time I'm going to be discussing the best places to buy wine (for great prices).  One of my favorite online wine retailers is WTSO.com a.k.a Wines 'til Sold Out.  I've bought a few cases of wine from these guys and I've always been impressed.  WTSO lists wines a few times a day- with the main event at midnight EST- and sells them until, you guessed it, they are sold out.  It's a great way for an unnamed major wine retailer to get rid of excess inventory and, truth be told, wineries and distributors are selling wines to WTSO at MAJOR discounts to get rid of their own inventory.

Major benefits:

Free shipping with minimum purchase (usually between 1 and 4 bottles)
Quick delivery
Major names unlike some "one wine deal a day" sites

Let me give you some examples of the

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2006 BV Tapestry- RP93 for under $25

March 3, 2010 Cellar WorthyHigh End ValuesSpecial Occasions  One comment

For my first post I want to bring to my loyal readers' attention a great deal for a major Napa producer.  I brought this wine to Chapeau! in San Francisco ($20 corkage) and although it's very young now, it shows great potential.  It's complexity is currently hidden by strong tannins right, but give it three or four years and it's going to be very good.  It's dense, big and fruity.

BV Tapestry sells for $45+ at the grocery but right now, CityWineCellar.com has it for $24.99.  That's a crazy price.  Pick up a few bottles, put it away for a while, and you will be rewarded.


2006 BV Tapestry- City Wine Cellars $24.99 + shipping


93 Points - Robert Parker


"The 2006 Proprietary

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