Category Archives: California

Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection “Claret” 2014

I spotted this in a Publix supermarket and having never tried a Coppola wine, I had to have it.  These wines aren’t easily available in the UK so I picked it up to bring home (although I’ve since found you can buy it from Amazon UK).  Publix supermarkets are lovely, they have a Co-op ownership model… Read More »

Kirkland Signature Signature Series Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2013

Costco is the largest wine retailer in the USA.  That’s a bit weird, but as America has such bizarre laws about shipping and selling wine, it’s perhaps not surprising.  Wine wholesale and distribution practices in the US are not a cartel or a racket, no siree bob, absolutely not, no organised activity there at all.  Just… Read More »

Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel Vintners Blend 2011

American wines are different.  Zinfandel may be Primitivo (and I do love Primitivo) but in California it gets a different treatment.  Sadly most of the Californian Zinfandel sold in the UK is White Zinfandel, which is usually overly sweet, confected, cheap pink wine aimed at teenage drinkers and people who don’t much like wine, but… Read More »