Travel Plans for the Holidays?-Dave Phinney Location Wines

{These wines were provided as media samples. No other compensation, thoughts are my own.}

What are your travel plans for the holidays? Someplace exotic? Or do you lean toward the traditional? There is something to be said for both approaches. The same can be said when choosing wines. Perhaps you like to walk on the wild side, rarely choosing the same bottle twice and always searching for obscure varieties and origins. Maybe you have your standards, your house wines. You know what you like and stick to it.

If you lean toward the latter, take a look at the Locations line from Dave Phinney. It is a great place to start. The line is a great way to learn more about the general characteristics of a region. They are consistent, balanced, solid wines. and once you learn what region resonates with you, it is a great leaping off point as you dabble into the unknown. If you lean toward the former, pick a new region. Think of his wines as Cliff’s notes for the region. If you like it, find small producers from that location.

The latest shipment of samples I received from Dave Phinney’s Locations wines included excursions foreign and domestic: New Zealand, France, Spain and Washington.  Because the wines are non-vintage, non-varietal, non-appellation specific the labels are differentiated by a number which indicates which number release it is in the series. The MSRP provided was $20 but I have seen them consistently closer to $15.

E5 – Spanish Red Wine (SRP $19.99)


A blend of Grenache/Garnacha, Tempranillo, Monastrell, and Carignan/Cariñena, this wine was sourced from five regions of Spain. Red and black fruit, spice, smooth tannins, balanced acidity.

 F5 – French Red Wine (SRP $19.99)

A blend of Grenache, Syrah, and assorted Bordeaux varietals from Rhone, Roussillon, and Bordeaux.

 NZ7 – New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $19.99)


100% Sauvignon Blanc-Pale yellow in the glass, the nose is classic gooseberry and tropical. On the palate, the notes are softer. Pink grapefruit, white flowers, candied lemon peel.




A blend of Syrah, Merlot and Petit Sirah, this wine is rich fruit, soft floral and cocoa, and woodsy.


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Wine lover. Oenophile. Wanna-be-sommelier. Mom. Mommy. MA-MAAAAA!!!!!! Grocery shopper, budding nutritionist, dish scrubber, meat cutter. My love of wine started in my mid-twenties. I have no formal training, just a decent palatte and a desire to learn. And I am pretty good in the kitchen. The more I learn, the greater the desire to educate myself through articles, blogs, travel, and surrounding myself with others who like to discuss wine. When things calm down (what's that?) in my life, I may choose a formal education in the arena, but for now, I will taste, share, and taste some more. My descriptors may or may not be "correct." My pairings may wow, surprise, or may not "work." But, the best learning is through trial and error, right? Especially when the "trial" means drinking more wine. So, if you are up for a little wisdom about wine, and a lot of wine-induced wisdom, come along for the ride

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