Cameron Hughes Lot 515 Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet


Cameron Hughes Lot 515 Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet is back in stock, limited quantity…don’t know how long it will last but as I have written before, it is an amazing wine. I just made an additional purchase to “pad the cellar”.

If you would like to read more about it, it made the highlights in several of my blog articles.

lot-421-triageredblendAlso Lot 421 (Non vintage blend) is an absolutely excellent value purchase. You’d never know by tasting it that it was a $15 wine. I know many don’t like to try the “Franken-wine” blends but this one is worth every penny, IMO.



And as always, I have some coupon codes for you. If you’ve not yet used either:

TMOS (20% off and free shipping)
greatwine (15% off your purchase)


Cameron Hughes Wine Forced into Receivership


Well it was a sad day yesterday (and it appears that I am way behind on my wine industry news) when, for the first time, I read that back in early May, Cameron Hughes Wine had been forced into receivership. The linked article gives a breakdown of the info and links to the original report (which has been corrected 2x to my knowledge).

As many of you know, I’ve been a huge advocate of theirs…the the way they offer excellent wine from pedigreed vineyards (my favorite are their Napa Cabernets…incredible prices on top-notch wine) at just above wholesale prices.

Yes, I do have a nice stock of CH Cab to last me for a few years…but I really hope that somehow, Cameron and Jess are able to salvage their business. I’d hate to see it pass into someone else’s hands. Especially someone who will lower the quality and raise the prices…as too often happens. Rumor has it that they are trying to restructure their debt. Here’s hoping they are successful (and that those who are seriously indebted to CHWine will actually pay their outrageously outstanding bills).

All the best to those at CHWine!

2012 Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet-Shiraz. Costco Bargain Buy!


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1159245xI picked this wine up on a whim when I was last at Costco. It was $14.99 (the closest price online I could find was K&L’s $19.99).

I didn’t think it was a great bargain, just an average Costco savings, until I’d tasted the wine. I hadn’t looked it up until after I tasted it either…since it was just a whim. But it is such a nicely balanced, nuanced Cab/Shiraz blend, I felt compelled to do some additional research & review it.

Penfolds gives you tasting notes so I’m linking them here: Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz Blend

Also, it appears that the wine has been well scored across the board (We found that our experience with the wine was a cross between James Suckling’s notes & Stephen Tanzer’s):

92 points James Suckling

  A newer wine that is composed of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Shiraz, sourced from the Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Langhorne Creek. The nose is quiet striking, there’s a nicely crafted oak element layered into the mix, the Shiraz comes across flambouyant and chocolatey, the Cabernet adds leafy notes. There’s a little dark olive and plenty of dark fruit flavours on the palate, great depth and well-judged ripeness. This is succulent and rich, quite silky and even, showing plums and spice, deep red and purple fruit flavours, some gentle mocha oak and smooth, approachable layered tannins. 

90 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

  90+ points. A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Shiraz, the deep garnet-purple colored 2012 Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz is a little closed on the nose, with pure blackcurrant and blackberry notes coming through along with some baking spices in the background. Medium-bodied with classic flavors, it is quite expressive in the mouth, with low to medium levels of grainy tannins carrying it through the long finish. (LPB)

90 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

  (a 57/43 blend): Glass-staining ruby. Textbook cabernet aromas of cherry, cassis, pipe tobacco and woodsmoke, with a vanilla undertone and a touch of cracked pepper. Offers pliant black and blue fruit flavors, a note of bitter chocolate and good spicy kick, plus a subtle licorice nuance. Finishes sweet, gently tannic and long, leaving smoke and dark berry notes behind   (7/2014) *

Overall, an above average offering at a very affordable price. We returned and re-purchased.

*If you do not have a local Costco, K&L Wines still has this wine in stock for a very reasonable $19.99 a bottle.

Working on the Daddy-Home

Another laugh out loud post that needed re-blogging.

A Pirate's Ponderings

I’m not very good with cars. I know that, as a Guy, I should be innately knowledgeable of all things automotive, but I am, in fact, not. I know some guys that can look at a chip of red plastic that was once a part of a tail light, and say, “Ah, this is off of a 1958 Cadillac Coupe deVille. You can tell from the curve here, and the dimpling there. See?”

Someone would show me the same chip of red plastic, and I would eventually say, “Wow, that was the worst Jolly Rancher I’ve ever eaten. No flavor at all.”

I have a friend that can look at a rusty bolt head, and instinctively know that it’s Imperial, and not Metric. AND know the size. “Yeah, you’re gonna need a 7/16th on that one.”

I, on the other hand, would look at the same rusty bolt head…

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Sailing on the Lady Washington pt. 2

The Lady Washington is a beautiful ship on which we were fortunate enough enjoy a Memorial Day weekend sail. She was featured in: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Star Trek: GenerationsOnce Upon A Time, and Revolution. While she is in port, they run one 2 hour tour and one battle sail (where they fire cannons during a mock battle with the Hawaiian Chieftain).

These are just a few photos from the day.

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The Crow's Nest ©LC Images 2015

The Crow’s Nest
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The Lady Washington Ship's Bell ©LC Images 2015

The Lady Washington Ship’s Bell
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Set Sails ©LC Images 2015

Set Sails
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Lady Washington Sepia ©LC Images 2015

Lady Washington Sepia
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Entering Newport, OR ©LC Images 2015

Entering Newport, OR
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Wine Sale alert!


CH Wine is doing another sale. Ends at 11:59 PST tonight.

I’ve included the link. The Lot 535 is quite nice…a bit lush but still at $24, a very good buy for a Heimark Vineyard Cabernet.

The Lot 433 Happy Canyon Santa Barbara Cab is also a fun change-up from your normal CA Cabernet. It’s a bit spicy. I liked it simply because it was unusual and very drinkable.

The only other one I’ve tried on the sale list is Lot 456 red blend (Tempranillo, Malbec & Grenache for $10). I liked it ok. It was a bit too “new world” tasting for me. The Malbec really took it over, IMO.

Anyway…good deals to be had until the day is done!

The Case of the Kidnapped Priest

Because he never stops making me laugh!

A Pirate's Ponderings

When I was young, life just sort of happened to me. I’d be minding my own business, and then, suddenly, Life would show up, and I’d wind up going down some goat trail, rabbit hole, or hobbit-esque adventure. It was never planned. I didn’t have some calendar on my bedroom wall with Tuesday circled in red crayon with the words, “Rabbit Hole trip: 3 pm.”

At least, it was never planned by me. Everyone else in the family always seemed to have a firm grasp on what was transpiring on certain days.

Me? I’d be sitting on the linoleum floor of my bedroom, playing with my Hot Wheels, Matchbox cars, sticks, rocks, our tabby cat, Hosea (pronounce Ho-shee), and whatever else was nearby. I’d be there, constructing an entire universe in my head. A universe that could change in an instant by merely taking the plastic wheels off of a…

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BULK BUY ALERT! Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad Cava


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FullSizeRenderFor the Cava lovers out there, I have a Costco bargain for you. The Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad Cava normally sells for $26.99. Sometimes you can get it on sale for $22. But right now our Costco has it in stock for $15.99. 

Sometimes you can buy the non-Reserva for $20 but I’ve never seen the Reserva for this price.

This is my favorite Cava yet and while I don’t normally say “bulk buy” for $15.99…(I try to keep those under $10) this is such a good deal on an excellent Cava that I had to post.

If you’ve never tasted Spanish Cava and you enjoy dry white wine, this should be something to explore. It’s not sweet…so if you favor a sweetish Champagne, this is not for you. It’s not as fruity as Prosecco either. This one is a bit mineral-ly; nice and rich with a slight hint of smoke. You’ll likely taste crisp apples as well.

Overall, it’s my top sparkling wine at the moment. As I was making my purchase today, a women in line said “I don’t drink wine but I’d buy it for the bottle…the bottle is gorgeous”.