Wine of the week: Maxwell Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Maxwell Creek has been one of the great mysteries of the wine business – incredible $10 wine from Napa Valley, but no one quite sure who or what Maxwell Creek really is. The Wine Curmudgeon, using post-modern technology (in the… Continue reading

Sales & Savings in the Wine Dept. at H-E-B!

Say hello to June and one of the BIGGEST sales of the year at H-E-B for wine…their ‘Cabs for Dads’ sale going on now. From Wednesday, June 12 thru Tuesday, the 25th, any Cabernet in the store is marked down 10%, in addition to the 10% you’ll already … Continue reading

Wine of the week: Thorny Rose Sauvignon Blanc 2011

New Zealand sauvignon blancs were all the rage in the couple of years before I started the blog. One of them, Cloudy Bay, even got big scores from the Winestream Media, something that almost never happens to sauvignon blancs. Since… Continue reading

Wine of the week: Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Here’s today’s metaphysical question: Is Cecchetti Wine Company, which makes Line 39, an artisan producer because it’s family-owned, or part of evil Big Wine because its owners once worked for the company that makes Pepperwood Grove, about as $7 a… Continue reading

Mini-reviews 44: Knez, Leese-Fitch, Camelot, Paul Blanck

Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting for one reason or another. Look for it on the final Friday of each month • Knez Pinot Noir 2010 ($30, sample): California red was OK as… Continue reading

Mini-reviews 36: Ribera, La Vieille Ferme, Rodney Strong, Sledgehammer

Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting for one reason or another. Look for it on the final Friday of each month: • Bodegas Peñalba López Monte Castrillo 2009 ($13, sample): Spanish tempranillo from… Continue reading

Mini-reviews 34: Chateau Malescot, Hess, LangeTwins, Henri Perrusset

Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting for one reason or another. Look for it on the final Friday of each month: • Château Malescot St. Exupéry 2005 ($28, purchased): This cabernet sauvingon blend… Continue reading

Wine of the week: Jean-Louis Trocard Bordeaux Blanc 2009

Where does the Wine Curmudgeon begin to praise the Trocard ($10, purchased)? Cheap wine does not get much better than this: • It’s a previous vintage, and it’s still yummy. • Classic white Bordeaux, made with sauvignon blanc. That means… Continue reading

Wine of the week: Maxwell Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2010

So much for wondering about the quality of California wine. Or thinking that wine prices were going to increase this year. Which says pretty much everything that needs to be said about the Maxwell Creek ($10, purchased), which is apparently… Continue reading

Wine review: Domaine de Chevaunet Touraine 2010

In the old days, sauvignon blanc from the Loire region of France was among the best sauvignon blanc in the world. It was the original anti-chardonnay: crisp, fresh, minerally, and not much fruit. Then the modern wine business happened, and… Continue reading

Wine of the week: Wente Sauvignon Blanc Louis Mel Livermore Valley 2010

The Wente family has been a mainstay of California winemaking for four generations; patriarch C.H. Wente learned the business from Charles Krug, one of the industry’s pioneers, in the late 19th century. There is even a specific kind of chardonnay… Continue reading

Wine of the week: Yellow + Blue Sauvignon Blanc 2009

The Wine Curmudgeon has long enjoyed the Yellow + Blue wines, which come in a 1-liter box (one-third more than a bottle) and offer tremendous value. So why haven’t I written about the wines in almost two years? Blame it… Continue reading