Appetite for Wine

I enjoy wine. A lot. I am not a wine professional. I hold no certifications; I have no experience in the wine industry. I just enjoy tasting and drinking wine.

Most of the wines I drink are from California, mainly because that is where I live, so when I go wine tasting, that’s what I buy. Still, I do favor California, with a preference for Napa and Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon (particularly those from the Rutherford and Alexander Valley AVA’s), Anderson Valley Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, and Sierra Foothills Zinfandel, Syrah, Sangiovese, and Barbera. Nevertheless, I enjoy wines from other states (Oregon Pinot Noir; Washington Merlot), and all over the world. I have an affinity for Spain (Rioja), Italy (Tuscans, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Barolo), and France (Red Bordeaux, Loire Sauvignon Blanc). I enjoy finding affordable wines from under-rated regions.

Over the years I have tasted several hundred wines, and can only recall three that were so bad I could not drink them. (One of those was early in my wine journey and I now believe it was corked, but I didn’t know it at the time.) While I have favorites, and prefer big, bold reds, I haven’t met a grape – red or white – that I don’t enjoy in some measure.

I’m fairly frugal, with wines in the $10-18 range being my wheelhouse for daily drinkers, and $25-35 for special occasions. However, I have been known to splurge on very special wines. As for my sources, I am a member of, a crowdfunded winery. Members are known as Angels, and enjoy discounted prices. This helps bring higher-end wines that would retail for $40-60 down into my wheelhouse range. Our Angel motto is: Taste, Rate, Review, and Repeat. If this sounds like your kind of place, and you’d like more information, you can visit the website at, or leave a comment with your questions. (If you’re interested in trying it, click here for a $100 voucher, valid for purchases of $160 or more.) I also buy my wine from Trader Joe’s and Total Wine & More, plus the local wineries I visit.

If you like what you read, please follow me on Vivino, the wine rating app. You can find me here: My Vivino reviews also post to my Twitter feed at

This is my first venture in the blogosphere. I really don’t know how often I will post, but there you have it. Thanks for visiting my site. I’d appreciate any comments.

If you’d like to reach me directly, or are interested in having me review your wine (samples gladly accepted), please send an e-mail to appetiteforwine (at) gmail (dot) com. Cheers!

– Kent Reynolds


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