Kiona Estate Red Mountain – Pioneer Red – Version II

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Purchased from Kiona, $23

Kiona Wine Info

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Aaron: This is a great blend.  Red, small berries with cedar chips.  Fruity and full with vanilla and a nutty finish.  The juicy, velvet on the swallow is pleasant and easy to drink.  The flavor is smooth and full, very enjoyable.  90 points

Teri: I love this wine! We are wine club members with Kiona and I just added more of these bottles to the most recent release. It has a beautiful smell which is followed by flavors of cherry and strawberry on the wine. Then a smooth smokey/buttery finish. Complex yet easy to enjoy. 91 points. 

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Gruet Blanc de Noir NV

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Total Wine & More, $16.99

BevMo, $15.99

Wine.com Info


Aaron: Dry and crisp with a mellow finish.  This sparkling was fine on its own but great with a refreshing appetizer.  I got a lot of white strawberry and green ferns on this very dry Blanc de noirs. 91 points

Teri: Aaron and I enjoyed this bottle at a wine bar in Scottsdale Arizona. I’m very glad we did because it is now one of my favorite sparklings! Easy to drink with tremendous flavor. Dry overall with flavors of peach, almond, and honey. Crisp with plenty of bubbles. 90 points 

Just Peachy Sparkling

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World Market, $9.99

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Aaron:  Not surprisingly, this smells like sugar coated peach cobbler.  Very light, very sweet.  Sadly, not a ton of bubbles.  86 points

Teri: No surprises here, it tastes like peaches and smells like peaches. A surprisingly low level of bubbles and tastes as expected: sweet and peachy (like one of those peach candy gummies). This bottle would be good for those who like dessert wine or just new to wine overall. I could also see this being a good mixer for mimosas or other fruity cocktails. 85 points 

Mumm Napa Brut Prestige

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Mumm Website, $24

Total Wine & More, $15.97

BevMo, $16.99


Aaron: This has a bright green nose with tree bark and apricot.  I liked this more than most other Mumm’s I’ve had because of the honey and cantaloupe flavor.  This has a wide, broad flavor to me.  90 points.

Teri: Stone fruits, apricot and apple dance on your palate. A crisp and long finish. The sparkling is dry but still carries lingering flavors. Great go-to bottle for any occasion or as a quality gift.  90 points