Barnard Griffin Columbia Valley Syrah

Barnard Griffin

Barnard Griffin’s 100% Syrah from Washington State’s Columbia Valley shows very dark purple in the glass, all the way to a thin, bright garnet edge. Scents of plums and red berries lift from the glass in an aroma of fresh, forward fruit. Red fruit flavors follow the nose, framed by bright acidity and firm, astringent tannins, with 13.8% alcohol claimed. It’s a pleasant table red, not overly complex. (Feb. 19, 2020)

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Sustainable wine

Cline's Sonoma Coast vineyards are Certified California Sustainable.

What does “sustainable” mean? Can you taste it in wine? When I picked up a bottle of Cline Family Cellars’ 2018 Sonoma County Syrah the other day, I chose it mostly for its $15 price tag, frankly. But a simple line of small print across the front label caught my attention and promptly sent me down a fascinating rabbit hole.

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Cline Sonoma Coast Syrah

Cline Syrah

Cline’s dark-purple Syrah offers black plums, black cherries, and a whiff of tobacco leaf on the nose, leading into a mouth-filling black-fruit and black coffee flavor framed by fresh acidity. Its drying tannins and fragrant black pepper aftertaste are typical of Syrah. Interesting wine. Its origin in Sonoma County’s cool-climate Diamond Pile Estate vineyard and its subtle French oak imparts a surprisingly Rhône-like character for a California Syrah.

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Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages

Georges Duboeuf’s 2017 Beaujolais-Villages shows blackberry and raspberry aromas with focus on the black fruit, but red fruit, raspberries and blackberries, becomes more prominent on the palate. Abundant, juicy fruit is well structured with fresh-fruit acidity, a whiff of stony minerality, and a surprising levels of firm but palatable tannins. A good, balanced Beaujolais and a versatile food wine.

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Holiday classics

Happy Holidays, Peace on Earth.

Holiday time is here! Hanukkah begins Sunday evening. The Twelve Days of Christmas begin on Wednesday. Kwanzaa starts next week, and Festivus, if that’s your pleasure, brings the Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength around the Festivus Pole on Monday.
So! What shall we eat and drink for the holidays?
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