Stave & Steel’s 2014 Bourbon-barrel aged Cab Sauv

Stave & Steel 2014 Bourbon Barrel-aged Cabernet Sauvignon

With this 2014 cabernet sauvignon, Stave & Steel, out of Paso Robles, CA, has managed to accomplish what many wineries and breweries are attempting to do lately:  strike a perfect balance of their product (wine, in there case) with the scent and taste of bourbon.  Too often, these beers and wines over-age their products and the result is a beer or wine that tastes too strongly of bourbon.  Now, I like bourbon, but beer and wine should taste like beer and wine, not like a shot of bourbon.

Stave & Steel’s 2014 Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon was timed perfectly.  It’s a solid, tasty cab sauv with a hint of bourbon on the nose and on the tongue.  

StoneGate and Keswick vineyards 

The third and fourth bottles at Thanksgiving this year are Keswicks’s Cabernet Franc and StoneGate’s Cabernet Sauvignon.  I like them both.  Prefer the StoneGate, I think.  The Keswick’s temperature coming out of the wine fridge may have been too cool to get the full effect, though.

McManis is Magnificent!

We had a new Total Wine & More open near us so we headed up there on Saturday to check it out.  We had a tasting of Williamsburg Winery wines (two whites and a red), a tasting of Spanish wines (three reds and two whites) and I tasted a few beers from St. George’s and some brewery from North Carolina.

As we’d just about dinished perusing the store, looking and selecting a number of bottles, the store began setting up another tasting.  There was a white, the McManis pictured above, and The Prisoner, which doesn’t normally get tastes as it goes for about $40 a bottle.  I’m glad we waited for the guy to finish setting up.  Wow!  The McManis is a fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon.  It has replaced my previous favorite, Annefield Vineyards (and a good thing since they went out of business), and will likely be my new go to wine since it’s regular price is less than $10.

The Prisoner, btw, on hit my “it’s okay” meter, which certainly isn’t high enough for me to spend almost $40 on it.

I highly recommend McManis.  I know wine is highly subjective, but it’s certainly worth you givng it a taste.

Hint, hint, wink, Winking Owl


So, we’re in Aldi’s grocery store and we come to the wine section and there are these bottles with cute little owls on them winking at us.  There’s cab, merlot, shiraz, chardonnay, pinot grigio…all for $2.98. What?! Yep, $2.98. Well, I figured we can’t miss on this.  Even if it sucked, that would only be a loss of three bucks.  Well, this Winking Owl cabernet sauvignon is surprisingly good.  It’s not the best I’ve ever had, but at about $3, you can’t really beat it.  The label describes it as more full-bodied than light and semi-dry, and it is right on.  I’ve never seen Winking Owl before, but we’ll certainly pick up a couple the next time we ‘re in an Aldi’s.

A very tasty GR8RW by Acronym.


Acronym. makes a very tasty cab. Picked it up on sale at half off at about $10…and it’s definitely worth it.  While I really like it at this price, I’m not sure I’d buy it for $20…mostly because that puts me over the regular price of my current go-to wine, Casillero del Dialbo’s Malbec, that runs about $13.

A favorite Cab, bro!


One of my new all-time favorites is the 2012 Cabernet Saivignon by Breaux Vineyards, a gorgeous vineyard with a beautiful tasting room.

Jason Stephens Cab Sav & Linden Late Harvest



Mmmmm…..Winesgiving continues with my favorite red of the night, Jason Stephens Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, and and tasty dessert wine, Linden’s 2008 Vidal Blanc Late Harvest.

Revelry Cab & Libration


The first two victims of Thanksgiving that I like… 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon by Revelry Vintners and a red blend by Los Carneros called Libration.

Velvet Moon 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon


Mmmmm…..I like this cabernet sauvignon by Velvet Moon.  It has a very velvety, full mouth feel with a slighty smoky, spicy finish.  At under $10 at Trader Joe’s, I highly recommend it.

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