2005 Sandidge Viognier - Pleasant, light and fruity.
2001 Domaine Monpertuis Counoise - Deep red, bacon, garrigue, herbs, cherry in the nose. Lean, thin and mean. Herbaceous.
2002 K Vintner Morrison Lane Syrah - Big and dark, but unidimensional. This wine was better when it was younger. It had more fruit and velvety tannins which are gradually disappearing and may eventually just leave a black hole. Proof, if you will, that most wines these days are best driunk shortly after they are released. The plastic imitation wax closure is attractive and gives an upscale feel to the packaging, but is a royal pain to open.
2005 Trinchero Sauvignon Blanc - Classic grapefruit and grass with a hint of melon at a good price at Trader Joe's.
Real Tesoro NV Pale Dry Sherry - not exactly a royal treasure, but it has real sherry flavor almost salty, dry, light, mild, simple. Kind of the two buck chuck of sherry, $4 or $5 at Trader Joe's. Goes great with almonds or olives as an aperitif and it is a great cooking wine.
2004 Ken Wright "Celilio Vineyard" Chardonnay - You can get anything you want by adjusting the temperature. At warmer temperatures, this Chardonnay shows some fruit, but when it is chilled it is steely dry with that stoniness so chracteristic of a classic Meursault. This is a real winner.