Charlie's Wine Picks

Dear reader's,

I am often asked on recommendations on wine......So here are a few.

Budget Wines
Wines under $10, recommended by Charlie

Hedges-Fume Chardonnay, Cabernet Merlot

Francis Coppola-Rollo

Castellblanch-Brut Zero

A more expensive list....................

PINOT NOIR                                                                                         


2013 CARTLIDGE AND BROWNE Pinot Noir, CA                                         $35

Mild, medium-bodied with a pleasant aroma of cherry and plum.



2010 KENDALL JACKSON VR Pinot Noir, CA                                                       $60

Bacon and smoked meat aromas, with a silky mouth feel.  Beauitiful overlay of caramel on the finish.      

CABERNET SAUVIGNON                                                           


99 VINES Cabernet Sauvignon, CA                                                                $32

Rich and smooth with blackberry and black currants, this is an easy varietal wine that depicts

Cabernet Sauvignon's softer smoother side with mild tannins.


2011 PABLO CLARO RED BLEND, Spain                                                        $37

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Graciano. A deep dark cherry colour. Aromas of spice, vanilla,

and ripe fruits on the palate. Well structured, with sweet tannins, full body, harmonious and long finish.


2012 ESTAMPA RESERVE ASSEMBLAGE, Chile                                               $43

78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec, 9% Syrah. Ripe red fruits on the nose along with herbs and coffee.

This full-bodied wine finishes with spice and minerality.


2007 COTE BONNEVILLE *Carriage House-DuBral Vineyard*,

Yakima Valley, WA                                                                                                     $55

62% Cabernet Sauvignon. 24% Merlot. 14% Cabernet Franc.  Medium red raspberry and coffee on  the

nose and palate. A fruit bomb in the mouth, with lovely sweetness nicely counterpointed by juicy, ripe

acidity. 93 pts.



2009 MONTES ALPHA Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile                                               $100

Layers of berry fruits with chocolate, tobacco and vanilla.  This wine has richness, depth and structure. 


2011 CADE HOWELL MOUNTAIN Cabernet Sauvignon, CA                                 $125

94 pts Robert Parker. Menthol, smoke, tar, licorice and chocolate all flesh out on the radiant, deeply expressive finish.  


INTERESTING REDS                                                                   


2011 MOCERVO PRIMITIVO, Italy                                                                  $40

Aromas of ripe plum, earth, and a whiff of barnyard.  The rustic but juicy palate doles

out black cherry, spicy blueberry and ground pepper.

**Compliments the Artisan Pizza**


2012 McNAB FAMILY RESERVE PRIMITIVO                                                           $76

This wine is visually lively with red ruby colors and delicate garnet reflections.  Good acidity, soft tannins

with a lingering jammy and berry spice finish. 


2012 OLD SOUL ZINFANDEL, Lodi, CA                                                          $35

From the old vines of Lodi, CA this ruby red wine flows with fruit, hints of coffee and a hint of vanilla.


2009 MARQUES de TERAN RESERVA, Rioja                                                  $42

90% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo, 5% Garnacha. Fruit and floral notes combine with a seduction of oak

and leave a vanilla finish.


2013 PETIT YLLANA BOBAL, Spain                                                                $40

Aromas of earth, mushrooms, blueberries, cherries & cherry liquor.  Well balanced,

excellent structure & a long finish of fruits. 


2011 TAMARACK SYRAH, WA                                                                           $48

Chocolate covered blackberries and a dark berry jammy core are followed by sweet velvety tannins,

begs you to have one more! Hint of white pepper with a lingering finish.


2012 THE REVELER, WA                                                                                  $45

All five Bordeaux varieties blended with light aromas of raspberry and cola.


2010 CHATEAU PEYLABY ,  France                                                               $54 BEST PICK FOR PRICE

Dark ruby color, bouquet of toast notes and spices. Full, round, balanced and elegant.




2013 MEDRANO ESTATE, Malbec, Argentina                                                    $32

On the nose, outstanding fruit aromas are combined with plum and violet notes,

as well as, some toast and vanilla notes.  In the mouth, it is a fruity wine with m edium

tannins, as well as, a juicy and balanced finish.


DESSERT WINES:                                                                             


"OLD MALMSEY MADEIRA" BROADBENT - 10yr Tawny Port                     $12

Portugal  Pleasing hues of burnished gold, imagine orange peel and caramel blended into a crisp finish.


DOW'S LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORT                                                          $12

Very powerful and full bodied on the palate, fresh and well structured, packed with flavors

of blackberries and hints of chocolate. With a long and slightly dry finish.


DOW'S 30 Year OLD TAWNY PORT                                                                $25

"A superbly dense, concentrated wine so rich in flavor that it almost has a brooding, dark quality. 

The hint of medicinal character just gives all this intensity a lift, and goes with flavors of roasted nuts

and licorice. The aftertaste has just the right acidity." - 94 Pts WE