EP 896 Supermarket Wine Week- California Cabernet

Gary finishes off the week with another round of supermarket wines, this time focusing on 3 of the most popular Californian Cabernets.

Wines tasted in this episode:

Blackstone Cabernet SauvignonCalifornia Cabernet Sauvignon
Kendall Jackson Cabernet SauvignonCalifornia Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Frei Brothers Cabernet SauvignonSonoma Cabernet Sauvignon

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luca bercelli


line of the day – ‘Very grapey’

More average wines and hard to make a captivating show as a result. There is, however, one of GV’s best expressions at 8.24, so that’s fun in itself

Tags: cabernet, california, red, review, Sonoma, wine, wines

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  • WpgGord

    QOTD: 2007 Parallèle 45 – Côte du Rhône – Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné. Saw this in the store today and snapped it up since you’d mentioned it recently.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: A couple of things: my girlfriend bought a rosé from Provence that I’m excited to try and I really want to sink my teeth into some Sangrantino di Montefalco at some point too. Both brought to my attention thanks to GV.

  • sethsethy

    great opening gary! hehehe…i like that you dont edit. ive never tried kendall jackson wine mainly because it just looked boring(maybe its the packaging?). but perhaps i should give it a try.

    qotd: im dying to try a barolo, ive never had one!

  • How can I convince you in a delicate, warm and heart felt way. Drink it up ya bastard!!!!!


  • chateauneufdupimp

    QOTD: Beer. In a can. The reason being this week I’ve had way to much German Rieslings, Barolos, Brunellos, Burgundy and the always mind blowing Quintarelli- the palate is worn out! And you know sometimes the only thing that will hit the spot is a little ‘Chateau Beer”…

  • Anonymous

    Sitting with my girlfriend, this is the first time we’re leaving joint comments. Wine she wants to try, white wine, not too sweet. Sounds good to me.
    I want to have something with good body, high acid, also not too sweet. Any suggestions?

  • QOTD: No wine this weekend, just a beer or two before we move.

  • QOTD: Keep on holding out for a nice bottle of Pétrus but it keeps on not showing up on the doorstep. Have to say I was expecting some lower lows and one sneak through high. Guess I will have to settle for KJ not getting blown out of the water.

  • passion4wine

    I think I’ll pop the 02 Pommard Les Vignots-Doudet Naudin.

    The supermarket theme is not so bad- you chose the lower end price range with this, I have found some good wines in many markets, at least on the west coast!

  • Tad Landowski

    I could go for a little QC 2005 Cab

    Good theme for your shows….keep it up!

  • Joe

    2003 Reignac

  • Anonymous

    Thank you!

    Why get bummed about lower wine scores, when the wines reviewed were expected to get lower scores?

    I thought the entire week of shows to be very interesting – as they always are!

    I don’t get to talk to anyone here in Erie that is crazy, bonkers, stupidly nutty about wine as I am. But I know Gary is, and probably all of you are also.

    So when not-all-his-dogs-are-barking, nuttier-than-a-fruitcake wine guy Gary talks about wine – I’m interested!!!

    Good stuff Gary and all of you Vayniacs. Thank you for making my
    interest in wine so enjoyable!

  • LurkerKing

    Have you tried the 2005? How was it?

  • Randall

    Looks like you’ve been hanging with the “wrong” crowd, young lady…

  • Anonymous

    GV, you dirty man! Your comment at 2:00 “?When you do 900 shows you?ve got to play, you know, with? yourself?”

    QOTD: If I could fly back to NJ (or have it shipped overnight) I’d love to try the D’yquem WL has for sale… that not being the case, I’ve never had a true Champagne and I’m going to be popping one tomorrow to celebrate becoming a licensed pharmacist this week!

  • Randall

    Besides, I’ve found that cooked wines are just fine and there’s not a lot of noticable damage to the wine… IF you drink them within a month or so. If you try to cellar a heat-exposed wine, you are just whistling ‘Dixie’… and out of tune, at that!! Blech!

  • Anonymous

    OOTD: 2007 Larken Cab and a Carlisle Syrah Cardiac Hill Bennett Valley 2006

  • Anonymous

    Man, a whole week of WLTV episodes is never anything to be disappointed about. The scores just show that these “super market” wines are in average pretty…average. Of course there were some bright spots like the Jaboulet Parallele 45 which once again proves that CdR’s in general offer nice value as good everyday wines (Guigal is another producer whose CdR is consistently good, vintage after vintage).

    QOTD: Tonight my Carbonara meets Bellingham Old Vine Chenin Blanc, can’t wait!


    Good week. Good topic. You need to do supermarket wines one week every year, even though it may not – and probably will never – bring the thunder. Supermarkets sell crap loads, so if you’re into wine you need to keep an eye on what the peeps are drinking. I’m picking up a bottle of Jaboulet’s ’45’ next time I go shopping.
    ….but I’m really looking forward to popping Castello Di Brolio 2006 (Chianti).

  • QOTD: I already tasted it! It was Babich’s Black Label Sauvignon Blanc and it was excellent!

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Knipser Chard/Pinot Blanc 2009

  • Anonymous

    From Supermarket week, the Rombauer was the only wine not readily available in PA.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: I’m not stalking any wine in particular this weekend. I’ll read through the comments for ideas.

  • SlowWineLover

    QOTD: Waterkloof Circle of Life White 2009- 200 cases made of the maiden vintage.

  • Anonymous

    Really busy lately but catching a few shows here & there & loving them. Trying not to lurk. QOTD: Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 2003. Scored it, stashed it, trying not to look at it.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    I guess!! She arrived at 7:13pm(EST). I got to see her when she was 10 minutes old- I’ve never seen my son radiate happiness before- oh my! All are doing well! Someone called me ‘Grandma’ and I didn’t realize they were talking to me for a couple minutes- this is still taking some getting used to (not the baby part, though)!

  • Anonymous

    As I celebrate my birthday (all week) (maybe all month) and 500th comment–feels like more, we brought out a few wines last evening at a local BYO. Started off with the Terazzo Prosecco–nice! Finally tried the ’04 La Rasina Brunello–excellent food wine, paired well with a variety of foods–fish included. Also had an outstanding ’02 Riesling Kabinett–Mehmer(not 100% certain of spelling)lots of LEMON-lime and a hint of marzipan. This evening I was thinking of selecting an older vintage wine that has aged well(kind of like myself)……… :0

  • Alex Lupien

    Nice duck faces from Gary on this one. http://www.antiduckface.com 😉

  • Anonymous

    scored it?

  • AllanJonassen

    Less american wine on the show, please. More Italian & French & who could forget dear old Spain??? 🙂

  • AllanJonassen

    I think he means bought?!!

    Rockford i have never tasted. He must be an Aussie, because i don’t think there’s much of i avaliable elsewhere in the world?


  • AllanJonassen

    Held og lykke med Brolio, seriøs top Chianti, comin’ your way 🙂

    Skål for os danskere!!

  • Anonymous

    Heh Ahhhbbbaaahhhht!!!

  • Tjo1913

    QOTD: 2008 Ridge “Three Valleys” Red Blend. I heard good things about it and want to see if it’ll measure up.

  • AllanJonassen

    “Well it ain’t a fit night out for man or beast…..”

  • AllanJonassen


  • Jzaucha1


    Since you did use the term pizza wine, I will take the opportunity to say that I ruitinely taste my competition in the the under $10 grocery Cab segment. Pizza Vino Cabernet fares very well still as not many of them bring much thunder. The funny thing is that some of the best selling ones are the absolute worst; i.e Woodbridge, Beringer Stone Cellars and Clos Du Bois. FYI, the 84 that you gave me on my $7.99 wine looks pretty good next to those.

    QOTD: I am looking forward to whatever my brother brings to a brown bag tasting this weekend as I know that he has some good Zins in his cellar. Ridge maybe?

  • Anonymous

    qotd: 2007 Domaine Pegau Chateauneuf Du Pape.

  • Mick Walsh

    Sorry, yes – by ‘scored’, I mean ‘acquired’… excuse my colloquialism. (Dublin Ireland by the way)

  • passion4wine

    uhh, I don’t agree .. US has fantastic wine, and a lot of it is very different than French, Australian, South American wine- and I don’t drink Italian wine anymore… Viva USA!

  • Anonymous

    Hey Gary, another fun show, but I can’t help but to think about the 08 Villa des Anges. It’s the greatest $8 cab ever. Vaniacs should search this wine out online rather than look for a decent value cab in supermarkets. QOTD: I’m going to grill shrimp, scallops, and lobster this weekend and I can’t wait to try the 08 Cade Sav Blanc.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not quite sure what this week was after watching all of this. The lineup of wines was kind of destined to fail though I do have the agree that the KJ Cab is usually what I will go for an a wine list at a low end place as it is usually OK and not offensive nor does it mess with food too much. So for the week, one or 2 wines to actually recommend?

  • Anonymous

    By the by, drinking a 2007 Grand Vin de Bourgone Chardonnay that is absolutely terrific without the reek of oak or high malolactic and only $16.97 in Santa Fe so France can still be very value driven and turn out really good wines.

  • Anonymous


  • Neyers Chardonnay, Brander Sauvignon Blanc, or Miner Viognier.

  • Ha! 🙂

  • Thanks a lot man. I got lucky on those. I love taking a pictures of good eats! Thanks again.

  • Thank you too. I wanna start expanding too, get some Asian foods and Mexican foods, pairing them with wine, and giving it a write-up.

  • Randall

    It’s totally West Coast USA, as well.
    castello dropped the ball on this one…


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