Wine tasting goes virtual

Bouchaine Winery offers extensive virtual visits with wine maker face time, for a fee.

Wine is intensely personal: You smell it with your own nose and taste it with your own mouth. And yet wine is most enjoyable when the experience is shared. These points never seemed to be in tension until a worldwide pandemic sent most of us scurrying to the safety of our homes. Now we’re doing virtual tastings and winery visits on Zoom.

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Domaine des Foudres Moulin à Vent

Domaine des Foudres

This 2018 Domaine des Foudres is 100 percent Gamay from the Beaujolais Cru Moulin à Vent. It’s dark reddish-purple, with good black-plum and mixed berry aromas and appealing earthy mineral notes of damp clay. Tart plums and berries fill the mouth, shaped by zippy fresh-fruit acidity and light, gently astringent tannins. It’s on the rustic side, but certainly approachable, a good wine with food.

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Château des Reyssiers Régnié

Château des Reyssiers Régnié

Henry Fessy 2017 Château des Reyssiers Régnié ($16.99)

This clear, dark, reddish-violet wine’s aroma offers pleasant red berries, strawberries and raspberries and a whiff of black-cherry liqueur. On the palate it’s fresh, juicy, and tart, balanced if somewhat rustic cherry-berry fruit framed by crisp acidity. Very good Régnié, good with food.

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Indigenous Piemonte Barbera

Indigenous Piemonte Barbera

Indigenous Piemonte is dark reddish-purple, with appealing red fruit aromas that lift from the glass, offering mixed-berry notes and a whiff of strawberry liqueur. It’s flavor is full of ripe cherry-berry fruit, framed with fresh, mouth-watering acidity and soft but perceptible tannins. It’s pleasantly rustic and comes across as a versatile table wine that carries its 14% alcohol well.

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Perrin “La Gille” Gigondas

Famille Perrin 2015 "La Gille" Gigondas

“La Gille” Gigondas is made by the respected Famille Perrin, whose flagship wine is Chateau de Beaucastel. Full of ripe yet elegant raspberry and herbal aromas that evoke the scents of Provence, it is drinking very nicely right now. It’s an excellent wine, well suited when scary times prompt a wish for comfort.

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