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Grenache Lessons

Grenache Lessons

Last week I joined the Rhône Rangers. This week they sent me an invitation to a tasting event, part of their Grand Tasting weekend…

Lit From Within

Lit From Within

Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Blanc2004Current price: about $22 (2007 vintage) Brilliant yellow-gold, clear like March sun. It smells to me like the beach,…

Rough Day Smoothed

Rough Day Smoothed

Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot2005Current price: about $25 (half-bottle) I had a particularly rough day last Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, my husband brought…

And Flights of Angels Sing Thee

And Flights of Angels Sing Thee

Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Vol des Anges2006Current price: about $30 Gold, liquid gold. Unctuous swirled, it fills my nose with pear and apricot. Once inside,…

Blended

Blended

Clayhouse Vineyard Adobe Red2006Current price: about $12 We seem to be experiencing a blending moment. The Ridge we had the other night billed itself as…

My First Zinfandel

My First Zinfandel

Ridge California Sonoma County Three Valleys Zinfandel2007Current price: about $21 Okay, it's not my first Zinfandel. But it's the first one I've really liked. It's…

A Bagatelle

A Bagatelle

Acacia Vineyard A2007Current price: about $12 A sweet little wine, juicy and vibrant. Bright pink-purple, with a nose like the wild roses that grow in…

The Moon in a Glass

The Moon in a Glass

Ca' del Solo Estate VineyardMuscat2008Price: $18 This wine is a pale, translucent gold, a warm moonbeam in a glass. It offers a nose of…

The Rhône Rabbit

The Rhône Rabbit

Bonny Doon VineyardCigare Alternative C2004 Brilliant red-purple, like the queen's velvet. The nose is floral; I get violets, the breath of spring. I get…

Windy Oaks Pinot

Windy Oaks Pinot

Windy Oaks EstateEstate Cuvée Pinot Noir2007 This wine is brilliant red-purple, ringing with clarity. Its nose reaches up with lovely red fruit plus a…