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Smoking Loon, Chardonnay, 2012

by Jason Lightner November 5th, 2014| Wine
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Smoking Loon


California, Chardonnay, 2012


$10.99


When you find a wine producer you thoroughly enjoy, it's only natural to pick up each and every bottle of theirs you can get your paws on, right? I really hope that's the case, as I've simply fallen in love with Smoking Loon's entire catalogue of wines. From their whites to their reds, from their sweet to their bold, these are a bunch of folks who truly know their schtick. California has certainly earned its reputation for fantastic winemaking. Verily.


We've taken a look at Smoking Loon's

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Apothic Red Limited Release, 2013

by Jason Lightner October 29th, 2014| Wine
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California, Proprietary Red Blend, 2013

$9.99

Mother nature can't seem to make up her mind. One day it's chilly and the wind is blowing a painful breeze against every exposed surface, and the next day it's warm enough for shorts and sandals. At least there's one thing that remains consistent — good wine. We've discussed red blends before, and just as the rolling hills of California lead the way to a variety of experience and endeavor, so too do the winding aisles of my local wine store. This day we came upon Apothic Red, a new wine blend that began its journey in
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Smoking Loon, Unoaked Chardonnay, 2013

by Jason Lightner October 22nd, 2014| Wine
Sm Loon Unok chard bottle 004Smoking Loon

California, Chardonnay, 2013

$10.99

Once again we are taking a look at an interesting Chardonnay; it's just been that sort of a summer, I suppose. Smoking Loon's "Steelbird" Unoaked Chardonnay comes to us by way of California's famed Napa valley wine country; an area of land so perfect for the production of wine that the California legislature had considered — on several occasions — making any other type of agriculture on the land illegal.

I made that last part up, just now.

As far as white wine varietals go, Chardonnay is perhaps my favorite. When I saw the chance to
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La Scolca, Gavi Oro, 2013

by Jason Lightner October 15th, 2014| Italian Wine, Wine
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Italy, Cortese di Gavi, 2013

$24.99

Italian wine seemingly lives in its own little world, with its own set of rules, and its own agenda. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I've never met an Italian wine I didn't like. We can chalk that up to chance, or we can take it as an indication that the Italian winemakers really know their craft. I'm going to take the latter as fact and carry on. Cortese di Gavi, or simply "Gavi," is new to me. A wine made in a restricted area of the Province of Alessandria, Piedmont, near to the Ligurian border, Gavi is produced
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Monogamy, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012

by Jason Lightner October 8th, 2014| California Wine, Wine
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California, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012

$12.99

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa valley is hard to beat — even the bottom shelf varieties are usually very drinkable. Indeed, as one of the world's most renowned wine varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys a level of fame that is both well deserved and well exploited. But we're not here to talk about overexposure, money grabs, or any of that nonsense; we're here to talk about good wine. And so we shall, with a bottle I fell instantly in love with as it sat on the shelf, its charming logo staring back at me from across the aisle.
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Eastpoint, Chardonnay, 2012

by Jason Lightner October 1st, 2014| California Wine, Wine
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California, Chardonnay, 2012

$14.99

A delightfully simple varietal, the Chardonnay grape originated in the Burgundy region of France, but can now be found virtually in any region where wines are produced. This grape varietal is known for its stunning neutrality and versatility, owing much of its flavor profile to fine oak barrels and the aging process. Indeed, there are nearly as many flavor profiles for a Chardonnay as there are countries in which it is produced. From Sonoma to Burgundy, and from Chile to New Zealand, the Chardonnay is truly a worldly wine. Eastpoint Chardonnay — California Special Reserve, typically accompanied by various cheeses
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Louis Jadot, Mâcon Villages Chardonnay, 2012

by Jason Lightner September 24th, 2014| White Wine, Wine
chardonnay stoneLouis Jadot

France, Mâcon Villages Chardonnay, 2012

$14.99

France has a rich and romantic history, filled with great art, delectable food, and delicious wine. A country which takes as much pride in their culture and history as they do their many industries, France's various winemakers imbue their craft with a delightful personality, unapologetically French, and incredibly charming. The Burgundy region is home to many a wine varietal, but the most famous are, of course, the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Today, we'll dispense with the reds, the rosé, and the sparkling wines which are prevalent throughout the regions, and will focus on
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Trivento, Amado Sur Malbec, 2012

by Jason Lightner September 17th, 2014| Red Wine, Wine
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Argentina, Malbec mix, 2012

$14.99

The southern regions of Argentina continue to surprise and delight with exquisite wines made from some of the best varietals the country's earth has to offer. Malbec, Bonarda (Douce noir), and Syrah are among some of the more popular red varietals and, as we take a look at an offering from Mendoza, these particular grapes just so happen to be the name of the game. Trivento's Amado Sur Malbec combines 70% Argentinian Malbec grapes with 18% Bonarda and 12% Syrah to craft a Malbec blend which aims to be
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[yellow tail] Shiraz, 2013

by Charles Wangersky September 10th, 2014| Australian Wine, Red Wine, Wine
yellowtailCasella Wines

Australia, Shiraz, 2013

$16.39 (in Canada)

Australia is no stranger to good wines, no matter what you may have heard. Before the phylloxera epidemic of the late 19th century and its decimation of the grape vines, Australia won several international wine competitions, despite, in some cases, the French judges refusing to accept that such a good wine could not be French. More recently, however, Australia's wine producers have been the butt (sorry) of many jokes, most famously by Monty Python, who mocked the entire country's wine producers by listing the supposed good points of fictional brands like Chateau St. Wogga-Wogga.
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Coppola, Rosso & Bianco Pinot Grigio, 2013

by Jason Lightner September 3rd, 2014| California Wine, Wine
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California, Pinot Grigio, 2013

$12.99

The fertile plains of Sonoma County (more specifically Geyserville and Oakville, California) are home to a great many vineyards, producing a wide variety of incredible fruits. Indeed, Northern California is one of the main hot spots of American wine production, and has the great distinction of being one of my favorite sources. Famed film director and producer, Francis Ford Coppola, runs a quaint, family-friendly winery in the town of Geyserville, which features a restaurant, swimming pools, and bocce courts. Now is said to be a great time of year to visit the winery
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Smoking Loon, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Vintage

by Jason Lightner July 30th, 2014| Budget-Friendly Wine Review, Wine
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Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012

$10.99

While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,


As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.


`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -


Only this, and nothing more.'


Our visitor this evening hails from Valle Central, Chile. The Cabernet Sauvignon is known the world over as one of the most exquisitely bold varietals ever to be harvested. Its luscious ruby color and intense aromatics make it the favorite of many a wine lover. Combine this with the careful craftsmanship of the winemakers of Chile, and this
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Rex Goliath, Chardonnay

by Jason Lightner July 23rd, 2014| California Wine, Wine
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California, Chardonnay

$7.49

"It's a black fly in your Chardonnay..."

Those lyrics will forever haunt any occasion during which I am drinking an otherwise delightful glass of Chardonnay. It is perhaps well known that I am not what anyone might refer to as a drinker of white wine, although I have been known to dabble quite a bit, as one does. Variety is the spice of life, after all, and I'm not going to deny a good drink the honor of being enjoyed simply because of the beverage's hue. That would be both incredibly rude and unbecoming of a wine
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