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Aug 8, 2006 07:02 PM

Cameron Hughes Wines - Anyone Tried?

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 , 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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  1. 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. 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.

      1. 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.

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

        As well, feel free to check out the Mark Squires BB on eRobert Parker: