Tuesday, August 5, 2008


(Alfonse is our wine "point-man" at our original Covington store. He's been here for some 10 years, and all of our regular customers recognize him above all of us. He's our go-to guy for wine recommendations, as well as the smiling face that greets our "friends." 'Fonz is also a BIG sports fan, so for his first blog entry here, he opines his Cincinnati Reds while picking some great value red wines.)

In honor of my beloved Cincinnati Reds going down in flames this week I've picked some great reds for the grill. Grilling is my thing and lately I've discovered some hidden 'web' gems:

Coppola Malbec 2006 ($14.98) - A rare California Malbec that starts with spice and cedar and finishes with a beautiful chocolate and tannic finish. Well endowed and powerful but well balanced... If it was right handed we could put it in left field.

337 Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi 2006 ($9.99 special) - A classic california cab. Young and approachable with a little bit of Rutherford dust on the nose black currant and coffee on the mid-palate and a nice long finish. I thought this wine was a $20 bottle based on the quality... A fantastic bottle for relief after another blown save.

Cline Cashmere 2006 ($12.98 special) - A soft and lush california grenache, syrah and mourvedre blend that is perfect for some ribs and sauce on the side. This is a poor mans chateau neuf de pape with red fruit and bing cherry notes finishing long and smooth... the perfect glass to help you get over watching another of Adam Dunns' loooong singles.

Irony Pinot Noir 2005, Monterey County ($11.99 special) - This is the perfect hot weather red. With strawberry and cinnamon notes and crisp clean acidity this is the perfect accomplice for grilled salmon and chicken with corn on the cob... Perfect while waiting for your red legs to bat out of order again.

All for now.

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