It’s a well kept secret!

Recently, the good PR folks from The Wines of Chile (@RobBralow) sent me a surprise box of wine samples. In this box, held a treat for the sense, and an 89 pointer. Ok fine, really it was 88 points by the Spectator but it was voted a Best Buy.

The 2006 Viu Secreto Malbec hails from the Colchagua Valley region of Chile. The Colchagua Valley lies about 80 miles southwest of Santiago, and has a moderate climate. It has often been compared to Napa in many ways, but I bet you won’t find a Napa Malbec at this price point!

This Malbec is priced at a fighting $10-15, and is worth every penny in my opinion. I immediately smell a smokey richness, with fennel and herbs. It is a rich and chewy wine, which one would expect in the over $20 category, but is a treat at this price point. On the palate, there is heavy plum and herb, with an earthy richness. I also taste lavendar and a nice pepper overtone.

Chile has become my go to region for budget minded wines. I have personally tasted several Cabernet blends that are priced around $10 and are a STEAL. Particular varietals that do well in Chile are Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Sauvingnon Blanc. I’m still exploring other varietals, so please stay tuned!

Walk, don’t run to your local shop for this gem!

Cross posted to the 89 Project




88…89…90! Ready or not here we come!

What is the deal with all of these numbers?  What do they really mean?  Who decided that every wine has to be rated on one scale, 1-100 anyway?  It certainly wasn’t me.  For the most part I use the:

  1. HELL no you aren’t gonna pry this out of my cold dead hands!
  2. Damn that’s some good wine!
  3. Ohhh I like it
  4. Ah well it’s a party anyway
  5. What the F?

But alas, there is a preponderance of rating scales out there and the most popular is the 100 point scale favored by overblown wine critics every where. Wine shopes are filled with wines that either haven’t been deemed as worthy enough to rate, or those that didnt’ score the coveted 90+ points required to sell out quickly, thereby ensuring the futures of the winemakers college educations.

For this Twitter Taste Live, on Saturday December 13th, we are being hosted by David Honig of The 89 Project.  The goal of the project is to expose wines that might otherwise flounder in the dusty bottom shelves of BevMo.  Those wines that are perfectly drinkable, if not enjoyable, and are still inexpensive enough to be worthly of your Carbonara.  The 89 Project seeks to join bloggers, wine lovers and reviewers to cross-post their thoguhts on these 89 point wines.

For the first time, we are being sent our Twitter Taste Live wines BLIND!  That’s right folks.  We aren’t going to knwo what they are.  It’s a SURPRISE!  This will elminate any posturing over lables or regions that might be less than stellar in our minds eyes.  The project participants will all sit down and taste these wines at the same time, and tweet about them – LIVE.

I for one am looking forward to this event and am excited to share our opinions with the wine commuinity!

If you would like to participate, please go to Twitter Taste Live and sign up.  If you’re not already a member, please take a moment to join.  It’s free, and it’s fun!  Just tell them I sent you and then you can RSVP to upcoming events.

Click HERE to order the blind four pack directly from

Click HERE to RSVP or to join Twitter Taste Live!