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About myredwineguys

My red wine guys, Jim and Rich, have been drinking and comparing red wines together for the last 10 years. We drink reds exclusively (except for champagne during New Year’s Eve celebration's or special occasions). In our search to find the best red wine for the buck, we are constantly buying and drinking a variety of reds. Frequently, we see many of our favorite reds increase in price (making them impractical to buy and consume with the dismal economy). This motivates us to try and compare lesser known reds from a variety of wineries. We are constantly telling our friends where to buy and save on these great reds. One weekend over a bottle of red wine (of course), we decided to share our recommendations with the world via a blog (with the support of our wives who really think this is another way for us to drink more red wine). We are going to be making road trips up the coast and sharing our opinions on some great California Reds. Jim is a retired Navy Senior Chief now working as a Navy Technical Rep. His world travels have given him the opportunity to taste wines on different continents. He finds himself often comparing them to his favorite region – Napa Valley’s Oakville/Rutherford districts that produce some of the world’s best Cabernet Sauvignon's. Richard is a musician who grew up in Santa Maria with a family rich with red wine tradition. According to the family legends, his grandfather used to make wine out of grapefruit when grapes were not available. He grew up drinking and making wine with his father and other Italian families in the central coast, long before there were grape vines in the area. In fact, the reason his family located to California was to make wine! Thank you for visiting our site! We hope you enjoy a glass of exceptional red wine soon!

Orin Swift Red Blend

This Orin Swift wine is called 75,864 Miles Red.  Now you’re wondering why 75,864 miles, it’s the culmination of miles travel.  From vineyards to vineyards, to different regions of California to pick the grapes and make the wines!  Orin Swift … Continue reading

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Italics Winegrowers in Coombsville

  Italics Winegrowers is located off the beaten path but not unknown! We enjoyed a tour of the estate and their 16,000 square feet wine cave built into the hillside. The ambience of the tasting room with neon lights is … Continue reading

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Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

From Saint Michelle Wine Estates and Columbia Crest comes a new brand, Intrinsic and new experiment to making red wine. Juan Muñoz Oca, head wine maker at Columbia Crest and the wine making team decided instead of removing the skins … Continue reading

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Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Hill 2014

Traveling Tuesday brings us back to Napa Valley for a visit we made to Rutherford Hill Winery and brought home a 2014 Limited Release Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. We opened this baby up, let it decant for 2 hours and boy … Continue reading

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San Antonio Winery

Have you visited San Antonio Winery, the oldest winery in Los Angeles? Founded in 1917, this is the most awarded winery in California.  Richard remembers going there with his parents in the 60s, a five hour round trip drive, just … Continue reading

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Calla Lily Ultimate Red Pinot Noir 2014

We tasted one of the better Pinot Noirs this summer in Napa Valley while visiting Calla Lily Estate in Pope Valley.  Now you are probably thinking that Pope Valley is known for their Cabernets, you’re right.  This 2014 Calla Lily … Continue reading

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Boys of Summer 2019

What better way to welcome July than a night at Petco Park watching the San Diego Padres play the St Louis Cardinals! Checkout that sunset, don’t know which was more beautiful — the sunset shining on the downtown buildings or … Continue reading

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Bodegas Antidoto Ribera del Duero 2016

From Spain’s northern region of Castilla y León comes the Bodegas Antidoto Ribera del Duero 2016 Tempranillo. Wine making in this area goes back 2000 years! The wine comes from incredibly old vines which produce a lively, fresh and spicy … Continue reading

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URLO (Scream) Tuscan Red Blend 2013

So, what do you do when you have two hours to kill on the Island of Coronado? Go to happy hour at your favorite Italian restaurant Il Fornaio and drink wine and eat calamari of course. Which is what we … Continue reading

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Clif Family Cold Springs Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Have you ever visited a winery that is the by product of bicycling? How about one that is known for it’s food truck? We had so much fun visiting Clif Family Winery and tasting their awesome lineup of wines. You … Continue reading

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