Isles to Injoy; Aisles to Avoid


My current summary of wine suggestions.  These are completely and totally stolen from the excellent Tastings column in the Wall Street Journal by by Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher.  


 The Grid

The grid is the vintage/region chart which says where to injoy and where to avoid.  It is meant simply as a summary of the advice given in the Tastings column.  I really wish I had the time to try all these wines, but the demands of graduate school prevent me from indulging each night.

(The grid was supposed to be a region/vintage grid, but we'll just make a list for now...) 

Last updated March 10th, 2006.

  • American Merlot (under $20): AVOID!
  • New Zealand Sauvingon Blanc (any price): INJOY!
  • German Riesling (over $15): injoy two bottles (for variety).

Notable Notables

Wines that work outside the grid.  Unfortunately, you must hunt for these and cannot trust the grid.

  • Francis Ford Coppola -- Diamond (Blue) Label Merlot, 2003.  $13
  • Turning Leaf Vineyards -- "Costal Reserve" (North Coast) Merlot, 2002.  $11 
  • Bonny Doon Vineyards -- "Big House Red."  (I don't remember vintage.)  $10

Recently Tasted

 2006-03-17: Charles Shaw, 2001 Cabernet Sauvingon.  Drinkable.  Unrefined.  Nize with my pasta.  This is not a wine to contemplate. 

 2006-04-05 : Turner Road, Central Coast, 2003 Chardonnay.  Eek!  Run, don't walk away from this wine.  It was like sugar and wood thrown together to make diluted tree sap.  I suppose some people like tree zap.

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