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just about any wine of sufficient weight will do the job. It's the side dishes -- a plethora of sweet, tart and savory flavors -- that get tricky. After years of trial and error, I've reached three conclusions. First, there's no point in getting
This weighs in at 15-per-cent alcohol and blatantly reveals the ripe opulence of the sunny 2010 vintage. A mix of grenache with syrah from one of the finest appellations in the southern Rhone, it's voluptuous. The alcohol only barely peeks through
Spain's great modernist winemaker, Palacios is best known for l'Ermita, an iconic red that sells for $800 a bottle in Canada when you can find it...Certainly, assuming you co-founded Google or lack the time or inclination to comparison shop for
Paul Wellman Sean Larkin Get to Know Geeky Wines Having Fun at Vino Divino with Obscure Regions and Varietals Tuesday, August 20, 2013 Article Tools Wine is a profoundly humbling hobby. Just when you think you've found the latest bang-for-buck
Scheid Triple Layer Red Tuesday, July 2, 2013 Scheid Vineyards Triple Layer Red 2009: The most palate-perfect, road trip-friendly stop on a drive to or from the Bay Area is Scheid Vineyards, located a stone's throw off Highway 101 between King City
This premium bottling is blended from grenache, syrah and carignan, three of the four signature red varieties in the region (the fourth is mourvedre). Muscular and concentrated, it's a knockout punch delivered with a velvet glove. Dark plum, black
Winery Lafond Grenache Thursday, June 20, 2013 Santa Barbara Winery Grenache Lafond Vineyard 2009: If cool climate syrah is the hidden gem of the Sta. Rita Hills, then cool-climate grenache should be classified as an invisible superstar. So take
EDT Big, round and velvety, Burge's 2010 Holy Trinity, a respected luxury red from the Barossa Valley, delivers an uncanny essence of raspberry jam, with liqueur-like depth and a top note of baking spices. A tad sweet but very satisfying. $39.99 in B.
Napa made its name on Cabernet Sauvignon, but vineyards along the valley also include grapes Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling and many more. Mendoza's calling card is Malbec, but Sauvignon Blanc, Bonarda, Torrontes and other wines bear Mendoza labels.
Indeed, rose is finally emerging from its unwitting exile as an accomplice to the notorious and obnoxiously sweet White Zinfandel. Brad and Angie might have created a Hollywood-inspired run on rose, (the first 6,000 bottles of their Miraval , made by