John Selman, Realtor, Broker, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek, Carefree

Bodegas Muga “Selección Especial” Reserva Rioja

A fabulous wine value that pleases traditionalists and hedonists alike. Rich, yet nuanced…how do they do it?The 2010 is great (You just can’t go wrong with these wines), but the 2009 is sublime, and available here-and-there for the same price ($35-40, either...
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Allimant Laugner Cremant d’Alsace Rosé , my bargain fave!

Allimant Laugner Cremant d’Alsace Rosé , my bargain fave! People keep asking me what the name of my favorite bargain sparkling rose was. Well, this is it!This Crémant Rosé is a sparkling wine produced in Alsace by champenoise method, with the juice on the skins just long...
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Alberto Serenelli Afro Marche I.G.T. Barrique 2004

These bottles were our Friday night delight. We were hoping for a big, rich wine with some old world style and charm, and it brought the goods. This is a great wine choice for someone raised on California or other New World trophy wines who wants to try an Italian red, just a...
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Ch. Ausone 2000 Magnum

Saturday night, we pulled out a big bottle of this trophy Bordeaux. Like all of the other famed producers of Bordeaux, who jumped on the Robert Parker style bus, this is a fruit monster compared to older bottling. But, boy is it fun when the bottle is good. My luck has not always...
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Rock ‘n Roll ‘n Wine

Reflections on a few bottles shared with rockers on the road. I have a bumpy history when it comes to enjoying wine with musicians performing concerts. The wine drinkers are usually great to hang out with, have fabulous stories, and love a good time, people, food and wine. They...
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Txakoli Rose, my new Basque girl

It’s going to be way over 100 degrees…Where’s my Txakoli Rose? Once upon a time I dated a Basque girl. She was stunningly pretty, with a great profile, awesome dark hair, and turned me on to her cuisine, BUT NOT TO THE WINE. Now, that could have been that it was harder to find a...
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2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Crest “H3”, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington

Anytime I come across a fruit driven wine with great acidity and a reasonable amount of complexity in the $10-$15 range, I want to sing its praises. The Horse Heaven Hills wines remind me a lot of a great Alexander Valley Cabernet, where the tannins ripen and the wine is more...
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Best Buy Big Reds #1 Summer ’13

Because I can’t think about crisp summer wines without imagining a big hefty red with some of my evenings! Casa Lapostolle’s Clos Apalta ’08 or ’09 (Heck, any well priced vintage will be fabulous) Clos Apalta from the Colchagua Valley, is always one of Chile (and the world’s) top...
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Summer Whites #1

Some Great buys in Summer Whites, with a few sneaking over here from Greece! 2012 Ken Forrester Petit Chenin, Stellenbosch Ken is trying to provide maximum jobs in his community-which needs them, and still maintain a commitment to farming sustainably, while pruning and harvesting...
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The Wine: ’11 Owen Roe Ex Umbris Syrah, Columbia Valley

Tasting the mature 2003 Owen Roe Dubrul Cabernet reminds me of just how fabulous and overlooked our American Syrah is. Generally more approachable and complex, with slightly softer tannins than their Cabernet rivals, these wines can be the best bang for the buck in rich domestic...
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The Wine: 2012 Bodegas Muga Rosado

Summer Rose should be crisp, interesting yet subtle, well balanced, with just the right amount of acid and tannin to show off food, and it should be affordable, while feeling fabulously exclusive, and reminding you of time with friends or expensive flings along the Med (or our...
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The Wine: ’03 Owen Roe DuBrul Cabernet Sauvignon

While tasting the latest bold 2011 Ex Umbris Syrah release from Owen Roe this weekend, I was lucky enough to savor the last of my Owen Roe Cabernet Sauvignon, Dubrul Vineyard ’03 from Yakima Valley in Washington. I was always asked how these wines would age, and it’s reassuring...
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