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My Wine List

My wine of choice is a dry, red wine and as you can see by my list below, I'm partial to wines from Italy, Argentina, and Chile. But like most people, I would go out for dinner, have a nice bottle and then couldn't remember what kind it was or I would only remember half of the name. 

There are so many good wines out there within the $10-$25 per bottle range that I've been able to find quite a few that are noteworthy. Then, there are those that you find while dining out that when purchased on your own fall into the $25+ category. After several requests from friends on which wines to buy, I decided to start keeping track of the ones I've tried. Most of these wines I have found at a gourmet wine store called Gary's Wine and Marketplace with several locations in Northern NJ, but some of the wines, I can't find locally either. Simply type the name into your search engine, and it will show you where you can find this type of variety in your area.  

I hope you like my selections. Check back every now and then for new additions to the list. I like to try at least one new variety with each new shopping trip. :) 

$10 or Less per Bottle
  • Alamos Malbec 2010 (Argentina)  Rating=88 Points
  • Bodegas Olivares Altos de la Hoya 2009 (Argentina)  Rating=90 Points
  • Root: 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (Chile) Rating=88 Points
  • Radius Cabernet 2008 (Washington State, USA) Rating from Cellartracker=Ranges 83-88 Points
  • Trumpeter Malbec 2010 Rutini Wines (Argeninta) Rating=88 Points
  • Ruffino Chianti 2006 (Tuscany, Italy) Rating=88 Points
  • Villa Puccini Toscana 2007 (Tuscany, Italy) (no rating found)
  • Montecastelli Chianti 2011 (Tuscany, Italy) (no rating found)
$11-$15 per Bottle
  • Monasterio de Santa Cruz 2008(Spain) Rating from Cellartracker=86 Points
  • The Patriots Merlot 2010 (Chile) Rating from Cellartracker=85 Points
  • Querceto Chianti Classico 2008 (Tuscany, Italy) Rating=88 Points
  • Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2007 & 2008 (Argentina)  Rating=90 Points
  • Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2007 (Veneto, Italy) Rating=90 Points
  • La Posta Malbec 2008 (Argentina)  Rating=90 Points
  • Antonio Galloni Rating=90 Points
  • Tommasi 2008 Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo Maremma Toscana (Tuscany, Italy) Rating=91 Points
  • Zaccagnini il Vino Dal Tralcetto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2008 (Abruzzi, Italy) Rating=90 Points
  • Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico 2008 (Tuscany, Italy) Rating=88 Points
  • 1883 Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore Valley, CA) (no rating found)
  • Tres Picos Garnacha Borsao 2009 (Spain) Rating from Wine Advocate=92 Points
  • Annabella Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (Napa Valley, CA) Rating from Wine Searcher=88 Points
  • Tiziano Chianti DOCG 2010 (Tuscany, Italy) (no rating found)
$16-$20 per Bottle
  • Clos de los Siete Super Red Blend 2008 (Argentina) Rating=89 Points
  • Clos du Bois Alexander Valley Reserve Merlot 2007 (Sonoma Valley, CA) Rating=88 Points
  • Vina Alicia Paso de Piedra Malbec 2007(Argentina) Rating=89 Points
  • Graffigna Malbec Grand Reserve 2007 (Argentina) Rating=90 Points
  • Antinori Villa Toscana 2007 (Tuscany, Italy) $16.99 Rating=88 Points
  • Argiano N.C (Non Confunditur) 2009 (Tuscany, Italy) Rating=92Points
  • Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Riserva 2007 (Tuscany, Italy) Rating=91 Points
  • Ruffino Il Ducale Toscana 2008 (Tuscany, Italy) Rating=90 Points
  • Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico 2008 (Tuscany, Italy) Rating=88 Points
  • Rodney Strong Pinot Noir 2009 (Russian River, CA) Rating from Wine Enthusiast=91 Points
  • Banfi Classico Riserva Chianti (Tuscany, Italy) Rating=90 Points
  • El Malbec 2010 de Ricardo Santos (Argentina) (no rating found for this year)
$21-$25 per Bottle
  • Galil Mountain Yiron 2008 (Galilee, Israel-Kosher) (no rating found)
  • La Mannella Brunello di Montalcino(Tuscany, Italy) Rating=94 Points
  • Monsanto Chianti Classico 2007 (Tuscany, Italy) Rating=92 Points
  • Felsina Chianti Classico 2009 (Tuscany, Italy) Rating=91 Points
  • Sada Baldoro 2008 (Tuscany, Italy) Rating=91 Points
Over $25 per Bottle
  • Castelli Martinozzi Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) (no rating found)
  • Angelini San Leonino Chianti Classico Riserva 2007 (Tuscany, Italy) Ratings=91 Points
  • Chateau Tour de Segur 2006 Red Bordeaux (France) Ratings=89 Points
  • Le Sughere di Frassinello Maremma Toscana (Tuscany, Italy) Ratings=91 Points
  • Banfi Chianti Classico D.O.C.G Riserva 2008 (Tuscany, Italy) Rating=88 Points
  • Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Valbuena Tempranillo 2006 (Spain) Rating=94 Points
  • Clos Du Calvaire Chateauneuf du Pape 2009 (Rhone, France) Rating=91 Points
  • Ricasoli Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio 2009

     (Tuscany, Italy) Rating=92 Points

Last Update: February 2013


  1. I'm a wino too! ;) Feel free to post any and all wine tasting notes on my facebook page! xoxo


  2. Will do! I'm already working on my updates. ;)

  3. Was just poking around your blog this morning & saw the Sangria recipe...which I will surely try this summer! If you want an AWESOME Napa Valley wine, go for anything produced by Rombauer Winery. We splurged and bought a Chardonnay for New Year's Eve ($36). My daughter was there recently and because of a shortage, they weren't even giving tastes of it! They also have an Old Vine Zinfandel called Fiddletown that is truly to die for! Cheers!(Barb from Girlfriends Weight Loss Support Group FB page)

    1. Thanks Barb! I don't particularly care for white wines but my husband prefers them. Thank you for the suggestion I'll have to try that one!


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