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When our travels took us away from our regular wine tasting at Party Town, we did what we normally do when we travel.  We found an alternative. Typically we look for wineries, but with none to be found in close proximity, a store with the name “Total Wine” caught our interest.

Although we didn’t find the information about a wine tasting on their website, a bourbon tasting was what drew us in.  It was after that we discovered their wine bar.

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There were six different selections lined up complete with pricing, information, and tasting notes.

20170304_1444272014 Cruz Alta Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza, Argentina

While this Cab Sauv was much lighter than I expected, I thought it would make for a very nice table red with dinner.

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Radius Eclipse Red Blend from Washington State.

A blend of 57% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Syrah, 5% Sangiovese, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Tempranillo, this was an interesting red blend with quite a bit of complexity.

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2015 Angeline Pinot Noir from Santa Rosa, California

While this one was a hit with Bushmaster and many others who tried it, I found it too be much too fruity for my palate.  There was such a tremendous amount of fruit on the front end.

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2013 Dominican Oaks Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California

Chardonnay and Napa are usually a combination we avoid.  This Chardonnay was really not too bad. Although it was unoaked, I found it to be suprisingly buttery.

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2015 Cheval Quancard Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux from Bordeaux, France

Described as a white Bordeaux blend, the label revealed that it was actually 100% Semillon. It was a nice dessert wine reminiscent of the Sauternes wines we had when we were in France.

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Offley Tawny Port from Douro, Portugal

We were hoping to find another tawny port with a great price point as an alternative to the Penfolds Ports that are sometimes difficult to locate.  This one seemed to be a cross between a tawny and a ruby.  Not bad, but not what we had hoped for.  We still remain Team Penfolds.

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Morey Narancello from Majorca, Spain

Narancello was a very orange flavored liquour.  It was suggested that it could be used as an alternative for Triple Sec in mixed drinks.  I’m completely on board with trying it in a margarita.

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Total Wine offers free wine tastings every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  No doubt we will be back.  They are also in a perfect location for a pit stop when our travels take us further down the road.

We were impressed with the size of the store and all the selections.  Their customer service was amazing.  It seemed as if there was an employee in every aisle eager to offer assistance.  It something wasn’t on the shelf, they made the extra effort to obtain it from the warehouse.

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While we are still searching for the elusive Marry Me, we were able to locate Soul Sister and California 37 from Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co.  We also spent some time in their local wine section and found wines from wineries we had not visited as well as some old favorites.  While their prices are good, their Mix 6 pricing is even better.  It didn’t take much effort for us to Mix 6.  Total Wine is definitely worth the visit!

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