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Cameron Hughes Wines - Anyone Tried?

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AquaW Aug 8, 2006 07:02 PM

It's a relatively new winemaker that specializes in buying and blending oversupply from other vineyards (they claim it's from ultra-premium sources.)

From what I can tell on their website www.chwine.com , their "Lots" are made in relatively small batches and most of their earlier ones sold out.

Sounds just a bit too good to be true, but wondering if any chows here have input. Thanks in advance.

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    SteveT RE: AquaW Aug 10, 2006 05:04 AM

    Not sure what "just a bit too good to be true" is about it. But anyway....

    There's a guy who buys surplus wine from other wineries, blends it, packages it, and sells it for $10/btl at California Costcos and on-line.

    He isn't a winemaker (though there is some blending involved sometimes). He is a marketer. He does what two-buck chuck does. Does he do it better; is his stuff five times better? Well perhaps. Personally, I find his hype iritating, and the two wines I've tried mediocre. (lousy)

    But if you are in a Costco on a day the wine is available, buy one, try it in the car, and decide whether to go back for a case or five.

    1. Robert Lauriston RE: AquaW Aug 10, 2006 06:18 PM

      He's what the French call a negotiant. There's more to it than marketing: selecting and blending wines is an art in itself.

      I tried a couple of his bottles. Seemed like typical contemporary California wines, which I don't like, so I can't really evaluate them relative to the competition.

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        CHW RE: AquaW Aug 15, 2006 01:03 AM

        Aqua,

        Someone pointed this out to me and since the two previous postings provide little in the way of direction I thought I would point you to a few wine communities that comment on my wines good, bad, and ugly.

        http://www.cellartracker.com/list.asp...

        www.winexpression.com
        www.vinography.com

        These two you can search yourself for the wines. You can also check out our website press section at: http://chwine.com/company/press.php
        -though this is admittedly biased towards the good news.

        As well, feel free to check out the Mark Squires BB on eRobert Parker:
        http://dat.erobertparker.com/bboard/s...

        Cheers,

        Cameron

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