Cabernet Sauvignon

Norcal Wingman on June 22nd, 2014

A doggone good spaghetti red!

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Norcal Wingman on October 3rd, 2012

  Apologies to the supplier of the sample for the late review, but hey…  Sometimes you just got to lay down some wine! That being said, this is a fine wine at a great price.  Unfortunately it seems the ’09 vintage may be unavailable, but it was a good’n.  A great fruit forward Cab, with […]

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Norcal Wingman on December 23rd, 2011

NorcalWingman has a revelation on how to season a Christmas Prime Rib. Some tips and anecdotes on holiday cooking and how to deal with extended family.

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Norcal Wingman on February 14th, 2011

Obviously the big V-Day is a very important day in the annual cycle of days, and is especially crucial to maintaining happiness around the home.  All this aside, it’s another good day and excuse to open a really good bottle of wine and cook some decent grub to boot! Now I know that it may […]

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Norcal Wingman on September 30th, 2010

Summer has pretty much passed us by without providing us the much needed heat that would be preferred to ferment those little grapes of the vitus vinifera that we love so much.  But here in Sonoma County we have this little thing we call “Indian Summer,” I’m sure this is similar to the “Indian Summers” […]

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Norcal Wingman on September 23rd, 2010

I have a little history with this wine.  The first time I had the pleasure of drinking this wine was at a great Italian restaurant in historic “Railroad Square” in downtown Santa Rosa, CA, named Portofino’s.  Unfortunately, Portofino’s is no more, however, I was pleasantly surprised to find some of this wine left over at […]

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Norcal Wingman on September 20th, 2010

Dateline: Nanjing, China In a “5 Star” Hotel, in the capital city of Jiangsu Province, the Sheraton Nanjing Kingsley Hotel & Towers, one might expect to be able to find a drinkable wine, however, you would be mistaken. I had the fortune of having my first visit to the country of China a few weeks […]

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After my terrible September 2nd experience in China, my hopeless and fruitless search for a #Cabernet worth drinking, I was exceptionally exited to be home, knowing that I had many options for good red wine drinking.  I recently received a sample set from a winery in St. Helena including a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay.  […]

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Norcal Wingman on August 26th, 2010

Why indeed!  My personal journey with wine began with this king of wine grape varietals.  I was seduced by its sultry and supple twisting of my taste buds.  I was introduced to really good wine early on as a waiter at a semi-fancy steakhouse back in 1994.  I became acquainted with a little cab from […]

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A few months back I attended the annual Make-a-Wish event at the Sonoma-Cutrer vineyards and was lucky enough to win one of the live auction lots, the Wine Experience with Tom Simoneau “The Wine Guy.” The stars aligned and we were finally able to schedule this event and get together to taste some great wine, […]

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