Wine For Your Weekend

Mo Wine Please

It seems like it has been forever since I published a post about wine.

Fear not! I have been diligently doing my research, I just haven’t shared my findings with you.

My bad. Really quite selfish of me, right?

Well, just in time for your weekend wine enjoyment, here are a few very affordable wines I’ve enjoyed recently.

2009 Maddalena Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 Maddalena Cabernet Sauvignon

Maddalena is one of the labels under the umbrella of the San Antonio Winery. Named after the founders’ patron saint, Saint Anthony, and not after the city in Texas, San Antonio Winery was founded in Los Angeles in 1917.

The “History” tab on their website tells the story of a winery that weathered growing pains, Prohibition, World War II and the wine industry’s expansion. It’s a pretty amazing story and is worth your time to check out.

Now, back to the wine…

This Cabernet was a really delightful surprise. At $11-$15 per bottle, this wine tastes more expensive.

The Paso Robles AVA in San Luis Obispo County is second only to Napa as my very favorite place from which to buy Cabernet Sauvignon.

The 2009 Maddalena has the quintessential Cabernet notes of raspberry, plum and black cherry with a surprisingly long finish for a wine at this price point.

If you are looking for a house wine Cabernet, you should check out Maddalena. I hope you like it as much as I did.

2012 Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Carnivor Cabernet

I get a little twitchy as I type this.

I don’t love the fact that these folks have left off the “e” in Carnivore. It feels like they are trying to be a little too cute. The label’s tagline, “man is a tool wielding animal”, doesn’t help.

Oh dear lord, their website makes me REALLY not want to like this wine but I can’t help myself.

This wine, retailing for plus or minus $10 per bottle, has many of the qualities I love in a Cabernet.  It has deep fruit notes, a hint of espresso and chocolate and a surprisingly long finish. It has just enough impact to please a true Cabernet lover like me but would probably also appeal to someone who protests to not like BIG red wines.

But seriously…the name, the label and the website??

It is like they are trying too hard.

Let the wine do the talking for you – it is pretty darn good.

2012 Rancho Sisquoc River Red

 2012 Rancho Sisquoc River Red

Rancho Sisquoc is a Santa Barbara winery that makes excellent use of the interesting micro-climates of the region.

This property has been in the Flood family since 1952 and they started producing wine in 1972.

Peter and I have a particular affinity to Rancho Sisquoc since Flood is the family name of our dear friend Ernie who was Peter’s roommate through all four years at Notre Dame. Ernie’s family has no relation to the winery’s Floods but still… we like the name!

Anyway, back to the wine.

This bottle retails for $20 but I found it at our local grocery store for $10.50 – a crazy good deal at that price!

Peter and I enjoyed it with a hearty dish of pasta with Vodka sauce and Italian sausage.

Here is what the winemaker says about their wine (from the winery’s website):

“This fabulous blend starts Burgundy and ends Bordeaux. It is a blend of everything red we produce. The nose is spicy with pepper, blackberry jam and sweet smoke. This is an easy going smooth wine with flavors of cherry pie, sweet tannin and black fruits. In the end this wine showcases our terroir as a unique family of grapes growing and blending together.”

I love red blends. Often they are the perfect choice when a full-on Cabernet or Zinfandel or Syrah is not quite right.

You might have detected from the wines I’ve mentioned that I have a preference for California reds. And you’d be right.

Next time I will throw a white wine into the mix but in the meantime, check out these wines and let me know what you think.

Have a great weekend! Happy Halloween!

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  1. I’m going to look for that cab – great price and if you liked it in spite of not wanting to, that’s a great recommendation 🙂

  2. $10.50? Ok just one more reminder that we need to start selling wine in the grocery stores here. I found some delicious and affordable wines in Quebec while shopping at the grocery store but here in BC it’s impossible. They are talking about revamping that law but I’ll believe it when I see it.
    Wonder if any of today’s recommendations are available in our liquor stores. I’ll check it out.
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    • We are so spoiled by being able to buy wine in the grocery store. When I travel to Boston I’m always annoyed at the Massachusetts law that prohibits it. Seriously?!?! I have to make an extra stop to pick up a bottle of wine to go with the dinner I’m making? Hope that the powers-that-be in BC get their act together and change your law!
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  3. I agree with you about any product or business who tries to be cute by intentionally misspelling words. Toys “R” (backwards) Us always drove me crazy and I fault them for the current trend in short texted fake words.
    But enough of the “whine” and on to the wine. These all look great. I love a good red. Believe it or not, here in my small town, the Piggly Wiggly actually has the largest selection of wine in the state of Alabama! They even have wine tastings every week! I’m going to check and see if they carry these varieties.
    Thanks for the tips.
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  4. Saving this for “research”

  5. I rarely drink red wine but the other night at an event I had some – the next day I regretted it. I don’t know if it is because I drank red or the fact that I had also had white – rare for wine to make me feel crummy (it wasn’t the amount:).
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  6. YUM!! I get very intimidated trying to pick out something new. Now I can head to the wine store with names in hand and not feel awkward! I love reds!!! –Lisa
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  7. mo, i’ve been thinking of you. i have an affinity for california red blends as well. i put the documentary “somm” on my movie list. have you seen it? i read about it in the wall street journal.
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