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September, 2010

  1. From Consumer Reports: Cabs under $11

    September 28, 2010 by SavvyInTheCity

    Via Consumer Reports… (with a thank you and hat tip to my friend Moeko)

    The full-flavored cabernet sauvignon varietal is one of the biggest-selling red wines—and one of the best values, our latest tests suggest. These eight CR Best Buy wines are all very good, cost no more than $11, and rank with most of the other bottles we tested that cost $20 and up. (Our experts conduct blind taste tests, with no knowledge of the wine brand or price.) A few, as noted below, even had the combination of mouth-puckering tannins and ample fruit that can result in improvement over time.

    Our picks include one retailer’s private-label wine: 365 Everyday Value Trackers Crossing, $7, sold only at Whole Foods. They also include a Chilean bottle, from Frontera, that costs a mere $4, among the least expensive wines we’ve ever recommended.

    Almost all of these wines have ample fruity and woody flavors from aging in oak. They pair well with rich foods such as red meats, which help soften their tannins, and with earthy foods such as mushrooms.

    These cabs come from Australia (Lindemans, Rosemount, 365 Everyday Value, and Yellow Tail), Chile (Casillero del Diablo and Frontera), California (Gnarly Head), and Washington State (Columbia Crest).

    About these listings

    Prices are suggested retail; stores might offer better deals. All wines are very good overall, and are generally shown in order of quality within varietal, from top (best) to bottom.

    Frontera 2008 $4

    Frontera 2008

    Frontera 2008

    An exceptional value, even if the other bottles scored above it in this fine group. Nice array of fruit, spice, and woody notes. Rough tannins should soften with time. Now mostly available in a 1.5-liter bottle, which costs about $8.

    Rosemount Diamond Label 2006 $10

    Rosemount Diamond Label 2006

    Rosemount Diamond Label 2006

    Rich and complex, with intense fruit and solid acid and tannins. Should improve with age.

    Columbia Crest Grand Estates Columbia Valley 2006 $11

    Columbia Crest Grand Estates Columbia Valley 2006

    Columbia Crest Grand Estates Columbia Valley 2006

    Black-fruit flavors dominate. Heavy, sweet, wood flavors.

    Casillero del Diablo Reserve 2007 $9

    Casillero del Diablo Reserve 2007

    Casillero del Diablo Reserve 2007

    Vivid black-fruit and spicy wood notes with firm tannins that should soften with time.

    Yellow Tail 2008 $10

    Yellow Tail 2008

    Yellow Tail 2008

    Varied and concentrated fruit flavors, balanced by notes of wood, vanilla, and brown sugar.

    Lindemans Bin 45 2008 $7

    Lindemans Bin 45 2008

    Lindemans Bin 45 2008

    Intense, ripe black-fruit flavors, along with lots of sweet wood notes.

    365 Everyday Value Trackers Crossing 2008 $7

    365 Everyday Value Trackers Crossing 2008

    365 Everyday Value Trackers Crossing 2008

    Big fruit flavors supported by solid acid and tannins. Sold only at Whole Foods stores.

    Gnarly Head 2006 $10

    Gnarly Head 2006

    Gnarly Head 2006

    Fruity and woody, with spice and intense black fruit on the palate.

    Stay tuned. A Life Fulfilled will be posting reviews of some wines under $10 next week!


  2. And the Winner is… (CSNstores.com Giveaway Winner)

    September 27, 2010 by SavvyInTheCity


    Thanks to all who entered in the CSNstores.com giveaway this week.

    I used the Web site Random.org to be fair and generate a number between 1 and 48…

    And the winner is…

    COMMENT #30! That’s Mb from “Life of the Mb.”

    (Thank you to CSNstores.com for giving away the gift card.)


  3. Reminder: Free Stuff! (Blog Giveaway)

    September 24, 2010 by SavvyInTheCity

    Don’t forget about my $80 CSN Stores Giveaway! Comments are due by Sunday night at 9pm – then I’ll randomly draw a winner!


  4. SEC Gameday Wear

    September 22, 2010 by SavvyInTheCity

    Us University of Georgia girls take our college football attire very seriously.
    Jeans a t-shirts on girls at Georgia games? No way!
    The XX chromosomed fans find fun ways to don the team colors. I love to see how the girls get creative; you see paisleys, stripes, patterned sashes, houndstooth accessories, polka dots, you name it. Your imagination can run wild as long as you stick with black, red and white.
    (To be fair, college football fans in the SEC all take their attire very seriously).
    My gameday gear:

    • Black dress (no one I’d heard of) picked up at Brentwood, TN, for $7
    • Art-deco-ish stretchy belt – $20 (via Athens, GA, Salvation Army like 8 years ago)
    • Mom’s bulldawg pin (circa early to mid 1970s) – gratis
    • Laredo brand snakeskin roper boots (via Decatur Last Chance) – $25 (found ’em brand new with tags)
    • Ruffled red bag with monogrammed initials – gifted by stepmother a few years back (features my maiden name initials – KAB)
    • Crazy feathered koozie – gifted (much girlier than I would have picked out for myself, but fun)
    A few outfits I dug on Saturday:

    A few more photos from the game:
    Husband, brother (who is a junior and cheers for UGA).

    Husband, father.
    Now if our football team could just get its act together… Regardless of the game outcome, going to an SEC game is something you must put on your bucket list. The fans are out of this world. You’ve never seen a campus so covered in fans, tailgates and general excitement — it’s a fun time.

    How do you do game day wear?


  5. My First Blog Giveaway – Win $80 Gift Certificate to CSNStores.com

    September 20, 2010 by SavvyInTheCity

    Exciting stuff!

    I’m doing my first giveaway on A Life Fulfilled — I’m giving away a $80 gift certificate to CSNstores.com!

    CSN is a network of 200+ retailers that offers a wide variety of items. Looking for a coffee table? Nifty cooking gadgets? Fitness and workout gear? Luggage? Other furniture and interior decor accessories? CSN covers all these areas and more. Seriously – they have tons of stuff. They also pride themselves on competitive prices (you guys know how much I appreciate a deal).

    This is a simple giveaway*. Simply comment on this post with a link or explanation of something you would buy from CSNstores.com if you won the gift certificate. Be sure to include your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win. I will draw a winner at random on Sunday, September 26 at 9pm.

    Here are some things I would buy if I won (and at these prices, I could buy more than one thing).

    5-piece Ginsu knife set (the steak knives we registered for are awful and I would love to get some different/better ones). These have great reviews. $14.99.

    Shoes… need I say more? These Diba snakeskin material boots would be killer to wear under or over jeans this fall and winter. $68.

    Who can say no to a sassy apron? And if you’re as clumsy as I am, you’ll appreciate this shielding your clothes from renegade spaghetti sauce. $29.99.

    If you read my other blog, you know I have been globe/map crazy lately. I’m ga-gah over this one for $49.50.

    You can’t go wrong with stemless wine glasses. (Harder to break, easy to wash in the dishwasher.) Set of 8 for $34.99.
    Good luck! You could keep the winnings for yourself (I would!) or use ’em toward Christmas (not a bad idea either!).
    (*Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian readers only. If you’re a Canadian reader, international shipping rates may apply to your purchase).