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William F — Empire Wine Community

William F has been a customer since Jan 2016

My reviews (30)

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Il Bastardo di Toscana Sangiovese di Toscana 1.5L image
NICE WINE WITH RUSTIC FOOD
Posted Apr 24, 2019[Verified]

"Tastes close to the old chiantis in the straw bottle of yesteryear. Great with Sunday pasta and sauce."

Zonin 'Cuvee 1821' Prosecco Brut NV image
NICE WINE WITH A BIG DINNER
Posted Dec 31, 2018[Verified]

"A nice wine that has just the right amount of bubbles and enough taste to accompany a large meal."

Salmon Run Dr. Frank Chardonnay 1.5L image
A NICE WINE
Posted Dec 31, 2018[Verified]

"For the price it's not bad. Maybe not to the same depth and complexity as one of the better Napa or other California Chards but for everyday drinking after work or before dinner its very nice."

Casa Santos Lima 'Colossal' Red Reserva 2015 image
HIGHLY UNDERRATED
Posted Oct 3, 2018[Verified]

"This is quite good and a value for the price which is typical with a lot of Portuguese wines which tend to be underrated. It's best enjoyed with any beef dish from a nice grilled steak to slow cooked stew or pot roast."

Piccini Chianti 1.5L image
A BIT BLAND
Posted Oct 3, 2018[Verified]

"Not that this is an expensive wine or it hypes itself as something special. It's simply an ordinary wine that is a bit bland with others in the same lower end of the price range that are better."

Eric Solomon Selections 'Novellum' Chardonnay 2016 image
NICE WINE FOR THE PRICE
Posted Sep 17, 2018[Verified]

"For the price this wine is surprisingly good with a tasty yet clean finish. Nice sipping wine or with a seafood dish."

Ravenswood 'Vintners Blend' Zinfandel 1.5L image
GREAT ZNFANDEL
Posted Jul 17, 2018[Verified]

"I really like Zinfandels and I can state this is a great value for us that enjoy a good one. What is interesting about the Ravenswood Vintners Blend it has a lasting taste that leaves you wanting more. I don't think I ever felt that way about a wine before."

Columbia Crest 'Grand Estates' Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 image
ENOYABLE AND DRINKABLE
Posted Dec 14, 2017[Verified]

"This was rated by Empire as a Best Value and it does deliver just that. Good with almost anything a good Cab goes with."

Beringer 'Founders Estate' Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L image
GOOD STUFF
Posted Dec 14, 2017[Verified]

"I bought this as an everyday good wine. Turns out it is a nice Cab that goes well with any meal calling for a better wine."

Beringer 'Founders Estate' Merlot 1.5L image
GOOD STUFF.
Posted Nov 23, 2017[Verified]

"Pair's well with beef and poultry Above average for a magnum. I will buy again."

90+ Ninety + Cellars Pinot Grigio 'Lot 42' 2016 1.5 image
ABOVE AVERAGE WINE
Posted Aug 14, 2017[Verified]

"This wine is good for simple sipping and relaxing at the end of the day and also pairs well with anything calling for a dry white, especially pasta dishes with aoli and fresh garden vegetables. The price makes it that much better. I have since repurchased it which I would I not do if I did not like it."

Columbia Crest 'Grand Estates' Chardonnay 2015 image
NICE DRINKABLE WINE FOR THE TASTE
Posted May 29, 2017[Verified]

"An enjoyable wine that doesn't knock you off you chair but it fits the bill for someone looking for a Chardonnay that does not overwhelm with oak which some of us don't like. For the price - I was not disappointed."

Umbria Pinot Grigio 1.5L image
A WINNER - ESPECIALLY FOR THE PRICE
Posted May 29, 2017[Verified]

"There's a lot of bland Pinot Grigio around but not this one. It goes well with almost anything that a white wine is called for. And at the price it's a bargain,; beating out some of the better known Pinot Grigios in 750 ml bottles that are more than this 1.5 L. bottle. A great deal."

Charles & Charles Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah 2015 image
A VERY NICE EVERYDAY WINE
Posted May 29, 2017[Verified]

"You can drink this wine with hamburgers to pasta or even with something a little fancier. Nice blend of Cabernet and Syrah which reminded me of Cab and Syrah blend a friend of mine used to make in has basement."

Red Newt Cellars Dry Riesling 2014 image
REALLY IS DRY
Posted May 29, 2017[Verified]

"I love a dry riesling and this one lives up to it's billing and expectation."

Antinori Santa Cristina Rosso 1.5L image
A GREAT VALUE
Posted May 29, 2017[Verified]

"Reminds me of the old fashioned Chianti I grew up with that seems to be less and less available. Great with pasta and other similar dishes but just as nice as a sipping wine."

Santa Rita 'Secret Reserve' Red Blend 2014 image
NOTHING SPECIAL
Posted Feb 21, 2017[Verified]

"When I select some wines from the Best Values list I try not to have too high an expectation. Though there are some real gems in Empires Best Value List this one was not one of them. It actually had a "corky" taste to it which left it difficult to get past it to judge it's attributes.."

Florio 'Dry' Marsala Dry 750ml image
ALWAYS CONSISTENTLY GOOD
Posted Feb 21, 2017[Verified]

"This is my go to Marsala for cooking which I originally years ago for that purpose. But I discovered this is actually nice stuff. The same slightly earthy taste that pairs well with dried porcini mushrooms in making veal or chicken marsala is actually nice on it's own."

Bodegas Volver 'Tarima' Monastrell 2017 image
UNBELIEVABLE VALUE
Posted Feb 2, 2017[Verified]

"Great tasting wine that pairs with almost anything a good Malbec for Cabernet does."

Cline Cellars 'Old Vine' Red Zinfandel 2015 image
ALWAYS GOOD
Posted Sep 6, 2016[Verified]

"I've been a fan on Cline Cellars Zinfandel for at least 15 years. Every year it delivers good quality Zinfandel. It's consistent and one of my favorite Zins."

Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 image
NICE ITALIAN RED
Posted Jul 25, 2016[Verified]

"Goes well with any red meat or robust pasta sauce. Especially good with grilled chicken."

Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 image
DOING SOMETHING RIGHT
Posted Jul 25, 2016[Verified]

"This Cab holds up just as well their Malbec. A great wine for the price."

Tilia Malbec 2018 image
AMAZING VALUE
Posted Jul 25, 2016[Verified]

"I love Malbecs and I was skeptical about seeing how low the price was but I gave it shot because Empire rated it a best value. What a surprise. This wine can hold it's ground against many Malbecs that cost $5 to $10 more. Good with pasta or a steak off the grill."

Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc 2017 image
NICE DRINKABLE WINE
Posted Jul 25, 2016[Verified]

"This is a nice wine whose citrus undertones go well with light summer fare such as grilled chicken. I originally bought the 2014 and liked it enough to go with the 2015."

Simi Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 image
CLASSIC PREMIUM CABERNET
Posted Jun 22, 2016[Verified]

"I used to enjoy the Simi Cabernet Sauvignon years ago but for some reason I got away from it. Maybe because I was raising a family and there are other almost as good Cabernets out there for less money. But now I am able to buy the Simi without second thought and it has brought back memories of how great some of the California Cabs can be."

Chakana Winery 'Estate' Malbec 2013 image
PRICEY BUT WORTH IT
Posted Mar 17, 2016[Verified]
Barefoot Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L image
NICE EVERYDAY WINE FOR THE PRICE
Posted Mar 14, 2016[Verified]

"I had this wine at a friend's and frankly did not expect much. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality for the price. It's a nice, easy drinking wine good with burgers, roast chicken or just relaxing at the end of the day. Is it a 90 plus rated wine? No, but it's pretty darn good for everyday. BTW - try their Zinfandel."

Candoni Pinot Grigio 1.5L image
I EXPECTED BETTER
Posted Feb 17, 2016[Verified]

"This wine was OK and fine for accompanying a simple meal. But for going with something with a delicate flavor such as sole or other similar seafood; I think this wine would be overpowering. Considering that there are a lot of good Pinot Grigio choices I felt there are better values."

Don Miguel Gascon Malbec 2013 image
GOOD
Posted Feb 1, 2016[Verified]

"I have been a fan of Don Miguel Gascon Malbec for several years and have recommended it to others. However, the 2013 while still good does not live up to the earlier years. The thing that comes to mind is that the flavors are somewhat muted. It's still a decent price for a good wine. Just not as good as before."

Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc 2018 image
DISAPOINTED
Posted Jan 25, 2016[Verified]

"I have been a fan of the Los Vascos label. I've never gone wrong on any of their reds. Based on the high rating and best value designation I thought I would try their Sauvignon Blanc. It just did not cut the mustard. There was nothing delicate about it. It was to harsh. But it was worth a try considering the Los Vascos track record."