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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…

Lang and Reed: Hard and Soft

Lang and Reed: Hard and Soft

Lang & ReedNorth Coast Cabernet Franc2007 This wine is deep purplish red, like a liquid ruby. It's full on the nose, offering bramble fruits,…

Bewitching

Bewitching

        Bonny Doon VineyardSyrah "Le Pousseur"2006 I've had two wines recently that shook me up, then haunted me after. The first…

A Brutish Rose

A Brutish Rose

SchramsbergMirabelle Brut RoséNonvintage This pale pinkish gold sparkler bubbles exuberantly when poured, making it a little coarse at first. Once the fizz subsides, it…

William Hill Merlot 2005

William Hill Merlot 2005

William Hill EstateNapa Valley Merlot2005 This wine has a smoky, plummy nose with chocolate and sweet tobacco. On the palate it's earthy, with leather,…

Markham Napa Valley Merlot

Markham Napa Valley Merlot

Markham VineyardsNapa Valley Merlot2005 This wine is deep purple, offering a nose of chocolate and earth. It's fulsome and not too tannic—just what we'd…

Acorn Alegría Rosato 2007

AcornAlegría Rosato Russian River Valley2007 This wine, made primarily of Sangiovese, is deep rosy pink with a lightly floral, slightly strawberry nose. Straight from…

Windy Oaks “Terra Narro”

Windy Oaks EstateSanta Cruz Mountains "Terra Narro" Pinot Noir2007 We love Windy Oaks. They make our favorite American Pinot, and we're even wine club…

Treana: The Essence of Wine

Treana: The Essence of Wine

When I was a kid, I knew what wine tasted like. I knew because I'd read the Narnia books, and The Hobbit, and The…