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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!

Port Wine Cheesecake

March 6 is National Cheesecake Day and who says you can’t include wine? Try making this perfect port wine cheesecake. The light flavors of the cheese blend perfectly with the rich flavors of the port wine. Here’s the recipe. Port … Continue reading

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Barrage Cellars Syrah 2014

Have you tasted the “Secret Weapon” from Barrage Cellars?  This “BOLD” Syrah from Boushey Vineyards in Yakima Valley, Washington will make you the James Bond of the wine world!  Plums, blackberries, blueberries aromas with that inky violet color, wow, what … Continue reading

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Shafer Winery and Vineyards Visit

Set against the backdrop of Stags Leap Palisades lays Shafer Vineyards established by John Shafer in 1973 and is now in the guiding hands of his son, Doug Shafer.  We visited their new tasting room that looks down on the … Continue reading

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Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2015

On our last trip to Napa Valley, we were invited to Grgich Hills during their celebration of the “Judgement in Paris 1976” when Miljenko “Mike” Grgich shocked the world with his crafted 1973 Chardonnay from Chateau Montelena that beat the … Continue reading

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Silverado Club Red 2015

The leaves are changing colors and the nights are getting cooler. During our Merlot Month celebration, we opened up a Silverado Club Red 2015. This blend of 74% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon was perfect to warm our souls. As … Continue reading

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Charles Krug Family Reserve Generations 2014

We pulled out one of our favorite wines over the weekend, Charles Krug Family Reserve Generations 2014.  This is a flagship wine for Charles Krug. We had the pleasure of visiting Charles Krug back in June and enjoyed this wonderful … Continue reading

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Merryvale Petite Sirah 2016

We recently opened up a bottle of 2016 Merryvale Petite Sirah from Juliana Vineyard of Pope Valley. Did you know that Pope Valley is the largest producer of grapes for Napa Valley wines? It is not a separate AVA, it … Continue reading

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Alpha Omega Proprietary Red 2013

What’s better than a nice 2013 Proprietary Red Blend from Alpha Omega, prosciutto, Manchego cheese, and Spanish Marcona almonds! We also had some Sicily’s Castelvetrano olives but Jim ate all of them so we had none for the picture – … Continue reading

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Brunello di Montalcino

We went for a wine tasting at our local wine shop, Bird Rock Fine Wines, and enjoyed an absolutely wonderful Brunello di Montalcino. This 2013 Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino wine had an elegant ruby color that did … Continue reading

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Miner Family  2016 Emily Cabernet Sauvignon

My wife surprised me with a Miner Family  2016 Emily Cabernet Sauvignon. I let this wine sit in the wine cooler for a few weeks. Don’t know if other people have had issues with opening wine after shipping, but I’ve … Continue reading

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