- Galante Vineyards 2016 Wagon Wheel Sauvignon Blanc (See, I do love whites, too!)
- Hedges Family Estate 2013 Red Mountain Blend (6 varietal blend for under $30)
- Dawn's Dream Winery 2016 Pinot Noir Rose (A true visionary wine here!)
- Bookwalter Winery 2015 Suspense Cabernet Franc (This will make you a CF believer)
- Gamble Family Vineyards 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Tastes like an aged wine)
- Krupp Brothers 2015 The Water Witch (This is a perfect pairing with smoked brisket)
- Arns Winery 2011 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (The best 100% Cab of 2018!)
- Jon Nathaniel 2015 Bodacious (If your everyday drinker is $60 invest in this!)
- Treveri Cellars NV Blanc de Noirs (Absolutely incredible bubbly for $20!)
- Mollydooker 2016 Carnival of Love Shiraz (I would drink this every day if I could!)
Monday, December 31, 2018
It's really very difficult to pick a singular wine that sums up the best of the best for an entire year. In some ways, it just doesn't seem fair to show your cards, point and say "This. This is the one", but scores of folks clamor each year for every wine publication, including bloggers, to tell them "what a good wine is" that they would like. That question always hurts my head. Let me start by echoing my own sentiment and one that I always say....
Every wine listed on Drink The Bottles is worth your attention. They are all worth your hard-earned money and they would not be here if I did not think you and your tribe would enjoy them. It's that easy. I taste hundreds of wines each year. The ones on this blog are the ones that make it. Some don't. And that's ok. You might still love those and hopefully you've fallen in love with a producer or varietal that is your jam.
Before I get to "the" wine of the year, here are some very, VERY incredible honorable mentions in no particular order:
So, the downside of listing some of my favorite wines is fact that some feelings may get hurt. That may cause some folks to delete my email address and not take my calls anymore. I hope not. Again, every single wine on this blog is a keeper.......or, make that a drinker.
When I was trying to think about the 2018 Wine of the Year, I had to ask myself, "what in the heck does that mean"? It comes down to this. Is the wine readily available? Is the wine memorable? Is the wine affordable to most people who appreciate drinking with friends? This wine was on my radar most of the year and I had no doubt at all that this was going to be the one.
(Drum roll please...............)
The Shepherd 2014 Estate Red
This beautiful wine is only $20 and for that price you need to do yourself a favor and pick up half a case....at least! If you do nothing else today, check out my thoughts on this wine on the blog.
I am really looking forward to 2019 and sharing dozens of wonderful wines with all of you. If you want to be part of the project, connect with me here on or Instagram. Cheers!
Saturday, May 12, 2018
I fell head over heels for Mollydooker wines about seven years ago. It was an accidental tasting on my previous wine blog, Midwest Wine Guy, that allowed me to taste a bottle from everything they produced, and I was like a kid in a candy store. Fast forward to the 2016 Carnival of Love and once again, I am completely enamored by the quality, value and overall loveliness of Mollydooker wines. Gorgeous dark purple colors with plum, vanilla, country gravel road and raspberries that you just picked and squished in your hands are the wonderful, wafting aromas that leap out of the glass. The balance on this wine is incredible and despite a 16% alcohol content, this wine does not come across as hot or with any type of medicinal feel. This is truly skilled wine making at its best. The mouthfeel is full, warm and inviting. Flavors of raspberry cream, vanilla custard, earthly herbs and grilling spices blend beautifully and leave you wanting more....and more! You cannot and will not go wrong with this Shiraz. And yes, I did the Mollydooker shake!
McLaren Vale, Australia
Suggested retail price: $75.00
Drink The Bottles score: 94/100
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