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5 Festive Wines for Halloween

DON’T MISS THESE JONES IS THIRSTY-APPROVED GEMS: • Elias Mora, Toro, Spain $14 (W&S 93 pt., Yet another 2017 Spanish deal for under $15. It’s hearty enough for grilled Ribeye yet not too heavy to enjoy with a hunk of Menchego or bowl of cured olives. I’m also a fan of this wine with dark chocolate. Just sayin’. ) • […]

Three Wine Deals To Grab Now

DON’T MISS THESE JONES IS THIRSTY-APPROVED GEMS: • 2015 Viña Los Vascos, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile $8 at Costco (Decanter 90 pt., One of my top picks for Cabs under $15. Even if you don’t live near a Costco, it’s a deal at $15! Better still, Los Vascos is the Chilean outpost for the famed Domaines Barons […]

Fall Food and Wine Events For A Cause

I’m very excited to be participating in 2 outstanding wine and food events this month—both events support organizations doing important work in Birmingham and beyond: Toast to the United Way (Thursday, September 22nd) and Hope for Autumn’s Fall Fizz and Fare Festival (Friday, September 23rd).   Alabama CCIM Chapter’s “Toast to the United Way” Thursday, September 22, 7-10pm; Kress […]

5 Fantastic Wines to Kick Off Fall

DON’T MISS THESE JONES IS THIRSTY-APPROVED GEMS: • 2009 Glorioso, Rioja, Spain $14 (WS 91 pt., One of my top 2016 picks under $15. Plus it’s a 2009, so you might consider getting a case! This juicy red is perfect with everything from grilled flank steak to baby back ribs.) • 2013, Anko, Malbec, Argentina $14 (W&S 91 pt., This may just be […]

4 Dynamite Wines for the 4th of July

DON’T MISS THESE JONES IS THIRSTY-APPROVED SUMMERTIME GEMS: • 2012 Yaso, Tempranillo, Spain $10 (WA 93 pt., The 2011 was one of my top under $12 picks last year, and the 2012 edition is just as good. Grab rack of baby back ribs, kick back and relax. Oh, and at this price, buy several bottles if not a case.) […]

5 Wine Deals 4 the Summer!

DON’T MISS THESE JONES IS THIRSTY-APPROVED SUMMERTIME GEMS: • 2013 Tinto Negra, Malbec, Argentina $14 (Parker 91 pt., I had the opportunity to spend a few days with Tinto Negra winemaker Alejandro Sejanovich back in 2012—this guy know his stuff. He also happens to be the Vineyard Director at Catena, one of Argentina’s most respected wineries. Tinto Negra is a full-bodied […]

10 Must-Try New Year’s Eve Sparklers

Every year folks ask for recommendations on great wines suitable for gift-giving or an extra-special occasion. For me, few things are as elegant and celebratory as sparkling wine. That said, it’s important to remember that all Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne. True Champagne blends three grapes: Chardonnay (white), Pinot […]

6 Wines to Drink This Week

FIND THESE JONES IS THIRSTY-APPROVED GEMS THIS WEEK: The Wine Shop—Rocky Ridge Western • 2012, Domaine Laroque, France $10 (I’m a sucker for value-priced gems from off-the-beaten-path regions. This 100% Cabernet Franc is from the Languedoc region of France. Historically, this region was known more for it’s massive output of wine than high quality, but that’s […]

4 Wine Deals to Drink This Week

FIND THESE JONES IS THIRSTY-APPROVED GEMS THIS WEEK: Costco Warehouse • 2013, Burgans, Albariño, Spain $12 (Vinous 90 pt., If you’ve ever been to one of my tastings in the spring or summer, then you’ve probably heard me rave about Albariño—it’s one of my favorite, off-the-beaten path white wines. This lip-smacking, medium-bodied gem is as awesome by […]