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Monday
May092011

A new kid in town - Madison Park Conservatory

Monday
Apr252011

The Eco-Cocktail - 'Bee-22' from Auberge du Soleil

Monday
Apr182011

Tablas Creek Vineyard 2008 Esprit de Beaucastel 'Panopli'

The Panopli is a blend featuring Mourvèdre (54%) with Granache and Syrah rounding out the blend. This is an exciting wine from a producer we have admired for years. The all certified organic fruit is of outstanding quality and this shows in the bottle. Another dry year along the Central Coast offered up tiny yields and concentrated fruit that winemaker Neil Collins made wonderful use of. Up front, one is dizzied by aromas of sweet plum, java spice and coffee bean that are simply amazing. Rich on the palate and full of black raspberry and blueberries that, when combined with the silky texture, invite an evening-long exploration. Good acidity and balance through a long and pure finish. Only 500 cases were produced. Well worth seeking out.

price: $76.00
drink: 2012 to 2022
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Monday
Apr182011

So You Think You Can Rhône?

Sunday
Mar132011

Nota Bene 2007 'Una Notte' - Columbia Valley, WA

This is an excellent southern Rhône-styled blend from Washington. Not found outside the Northwest, it is well worth seeking out. Wonderful aromatics of wild red berry fruit, dried currants and underbrush, followed by more wild raspberry, burnt orange, earth and spice. Nice weight, balance and length. The blend is 65% Grenache, 32% Syrah, 3% Mourvèdre. The wine was aged for 21 months in Meuller stainless barrels, and the Syrah in 18% new Tonnellerie Vernou French oak, with the balance in seasoned French and American oak from Saury, Alain Fouquet, Keystone and Vicard. Just 60 cases were produced.

price: $32.00
drink: 2011 - 2015
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Friday
Feb252011

Things we love: A great Traditional Cherry Pie!

Wednesday
Jan192011

Make Time for Change: Visit the Kids' Cooking Academy!