I also like Dick's Barley Wine. (Dick's brewery in Centralia, WA). They've started carrying a mixed 12-pack of Dick's at the local grocery (something I can only say in writing--gotta know that apostrophe is there), but no Barley Wine yet--everything else has been good, tho.
Chicago.....Sam's Wine & Spirits.....moved away in 2000, still remember that wine store.
Ancient Peaks Merlot, Tolossa Grenache, '05 Domaine Alfred Pinot Noir, and finished the evening with a small taste of some Balvenie Double Cask.
Highland Park 18 yrs and Hibiki 17 yrs - my panel of experts preferred the Highland Park -
I liked both
Went down to TJ's to try to find some bargain wines. Tried the Long Arms Paso Red Blend. Okay. Pretty good for $6, but it fades FAST and there's not a lot of structure. Just a nice initial flavor profile. Was advised to check out the Liberte Cab. Any other recommendations out there? Trying to keep it in the sub $9 range.
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