Friday, July 14, 2006




Hot gay? Where do I sign up?



Jul 14, 2006

by 415 Friday

Chateau Haut Gay 2003


★★☆☆☆
As you can imagine, everyone at Technorati had a fabulous time discussing this wine. Less for its flavor, and more for its name. "Hot Gay? Why that sounds delicious!" "I'd like a hot gay, ooh, bring that hot gay over here."

Charlene Evans "I'm trying to think of a good way to..." then she laughs. "I'm trying to think of a good way to say that it's fruity without resorting to cheap puns."

Adam Hertz: "I'd say it had a lot...It's very fruit forward for a Bordeaux, very soft, It was like california Kool-Aid compared with most bordeaux. A good drink!

Alex Ratner: "a little complex for me, but it's drinkable! It's kind of warm and lumpy."

Jon Gifford, who had nary a drop of this Haut Gay, still offered this experience: "It goes POOF! in your mouth."





A little bit delightful



Jul 14, 2006

by 415 Friday
Chateau Reynon Vielles Vignes


★★☆☆☆
Upon first sip, I said, "This is a little bit delightful." Adam Hertz sipped it, and didn't say anything, so I prompted him. "It's a little bit delightful, isn't it?" and as is his habit, he validated me by agreeing in a thoughtful voice, "It IS a little bit delightful." Brad Eaker said, "Is it dry?" And Adam said, "yes" at the same time that I said "no."

Alex Ratner sniffed it and said, "it's stinky. And it has an unpleasant flavor."

It's minerally, with a bit of fruit. Some people here think that it's dry, but Liz Dunn thinks it's a bit fruity, with a dry finish.


Friday, June 30, 2006




Good, or not good, depending on who you ask



Jun 30, 2006

by 415 Friday

Domaine des Blagueur Syrah 2004


★★★☆☆
Linda says, Yummy and smooth! Mike agrees, and theorizes that this wine was probably in the $10 range, and as such, is a great $10 wine. Wines like this are the perfect second or third bottle. You know what I mean? You bring out the good bottle first, and then..."

Ian says of the aroma, "It's fruity. But what I don't like about it is that it has a screwcap. I feel like I'm standing on a streetcorner on 6th street drinking out of a brown paper bag. But it doesn't taste that bad. A weird sour aftertaste to it that is, um, strange but not repulsive." (Alex says, "Don't they call those tannins?")


Friday, June 02, 2006




I can't believe it's not butter



Jun 1, 2006

by 415 Friday

2004 Clos du Bois Sauvignon Blanc


★★☆☆☆
At first sip, I thought, oh, this is pretty good! But then, the after-swallow taste settled in, and I detected...is that oak? Derek (DJ) Gordon was the one that figured it out--it's BUTTER. It's that butter flavor you find in chardonnays, especially those 90s chardonnays. Which Liz doesn't like so much! The faux butter flavor faded after the wine breathed, but not entirely.

But Ben said, "I think it's good. You could chug it." Charlene says, "If it was free, I would drink it. Of course, I say that about any booze."


Friday, May 26, 2006




Acceptable yet forgettable



May 26, 2006

by Liz Dunn

2004 Big House Red


★☆☆☆☆
This wine SEEMS like you'll like it. It has the Randall Graham, Bonny Doon Vineyards type label, and a sassy screwtop. In fact, I thought this WAS a Bonny Doon Vineyard wine. But the back of the label says it's vinted and bottled by Big House Wine Co in Santa Cruz. Perhaps these winemakers used to be at Bonny Doon Vineyard? Anyways.

So, you've got the cute label, you unscrew it and take a sip. Nice at first! The fruit hit in your mouth makes you think, this is a quality red! But it peters right out.





May 26, 2006

by 415 Friday

Ron del Barrilito Puerto Rican Rum


★★★★☆
The first thing Matt said was, "This is SPICY!" After a third of the bottle, he said "It's got a very good spice to it, not too strong, it's got a good flavor but it's not too harsh." Dorion said, "This burns my eyes! But it's good, you can drink it straight." Ben says, "it's smooth, but not very flavorful." Dorion and Matt disagree! They say "It tastes like butterscotch! It's a nice buttery flavor that helps it goes down smooth. It kicks ass!"

We needed to have a tie breaker: Ben and Alex say it's a three star rum, but Dorion and Matt gave it four stars. Karri declined to actually give it any stars, so Liz needed to enter the melee and weigh in. It's good, she thinks! Much better than the rums she drank in high school. And hence it gets FOUR STARS. You go, Ronnie.


Friday, May 12, 2006




May 12, 2006

by 415 Friday
Bogle Petite Sirah 2004


★☆☆☆☆
"Way drinkable" says Camille Riddle. Liz Dunn thinks it tastes like nutmeg, but she admits that the ranch dressing vegetable dip could be creating that impression. There's a sweetness there, but it doesn't seem like wine sweetness, it seems like added sweetness, you know?

Anyways, a very forgettable wine, in Liz Dunn's opinion. But David Andersen! He finds it the most enjoyable wine he's had today, and he's had the Riesling and the Zin.





Good Riesling



May 12, 2006

by 415 Friday

August Kesseler 2004 Estate Riesling


★★★☆☆
Sweet, as a Riesling should be, making it too sweet for Adam Hertz.

"Very German...efficient sweetness!" says David Andersen. "Like prancing through a German meadow with a sugar lump in your mouth."

Dorion Carroll says "It's like candy! It's great!"

Truly, this Riesling is not that sweet. I've had much sweeter. It has that very light, drinkable quality that makes it an easy choice at any time of day. All in all, I'd buy this again!


Friday, April 21, 2006




Just Fine



Apr 21, 2006

by 415 Friday

Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel 2004


★★★☆☆
This Zin is just fine. It's not bad, it's not amazing. For ten dollars, I'd buy it again, like, for a party, but I would never serve it to actual friends at a dinner party. You know?





CaberNay



Apr 21, 2006

by 415 Friday

Riven Rock Cabernet Sauvignon


★★☆☆☆
This wine is kind of nice, it's light and fruity, like a delicious Pinot. But it gets two stars anyways, because IT'S A CABERNET. What the heck! Cabernets are rather heavy, with dusty, complex finishes. Not the Riven Rock! Oh no. Light as air. Fruity as punch. If that's what you like...then go buy a Pinot! (But not one of those Pinots that are more like Zins...)





Hotly debated



Apr 21, 2006

by 415 Friday

Echelon Syrah Clarksburg 2002


★★★☆☆
Six people reviewed this wine, and we were split down the middle: is it a two-star wine, or a three star wine? We all agreed it wasn't that great, but some people were reluctant to give it two stars due to its "inoffensiveness" and "I'd still drink it" status.

It's light, and there is fruit there. It has that odd butter-like nuance that you used to always get with Merlots (now, Merlots are better, but back when they all cost $6, they had the weird butter nuance), I'm sure there's a proper wine-tasting term for that element. Overall, I'd stay off the train to Clarksburg.


Friday, April 14, 2006




Apr 14, 2006

by 415 Friday



Coppola Claret 2004


Smooth, but perhaps too smooth. Our team reported that it sneaks up behind you with some fruitiness! A good starter wine for the beginning of the evening; very drinkable on its own (or with an appetizer).

David X opines: Just right at the beginning, and it disintegrates into fruity translucence.

Matt Ericson says, "it's great for drinking alone!"

Derek says "j'adore ça!"