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Default WTN: OZ, NZ, Spain, and Italy (all inexpensive)

Saturday we went to a friend's 40th bday party, at the clubhouse of
their complex. A nice spread of sushi, charcuterie, dips, spreads, and
more; some wines I tasted included:

2007 Las Brisas Rueda
Light and easy, quiet citrus flavors, pleasant. B-

2006 Discovery Sauvignon Blanc
Grass and gooseberry, good fruit base, a little acrid, already
seeming just a tad tired. B-/C+

2006 Black Swan Cabernet Sauvignon
Ugh. Sweet, short, and sweet. Not a geeky party where you look for a
dump bucket, I choose to "forget" my glass on an end table. C/C-

2005 Peter Lehmann Shiraz (Barossa)
This is also sweet, but there is a bit of structure, and the finish
isn't bad for an inexpensive Shiraz. B-

We had to leave party early as I had a quick stop at office to make,
when we got home we decided we needed more sustenance, and ordered a
pizza. Opened the 2004 Feudo Montoni Nero d’Avola. Just a little hint
of oak, ripe black cherries and a bit of tobacco. Some earth and
mineral on finish. *Light but firm tannins, good acidity to go with
the pizza. B+/B

Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent
wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't
drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no
promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.

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