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2013 Mas de Guiot Grenache/Syrah

On my first trip to France with The Wine House, we visited Mas de Guiot. The winery is located in Saint Gilles, a village south of Nîmes, near the edge of the Camargue. The Camargue is a beautiful geographical region; a river delta where the two arms of the Rhône River meet the Mediterranean Sea. At the “mas” or farmhouse, I spied a rabbit tied up by its feet near the cellar door. After barrel-tasting, we were invited to ride through a pasture on a flatbed truck to view Les Taureaux de Camargue, the famed bulls of the region. At first it seemed a bit silly to me, but quickly it turned out to be a delightful outing into the gorgeous pastoral setting. Not your average tourist excursion. The whole experience left me with a deeper appreciation for how closely connected François and Sylvie Cornut, owners of Mas de Guiot, are to their land. This country living isn’t a lifestyle, it is their life.
I have always found wines from Mas de Guiot to exhibit a pleasant amount of funk. Yes, funk – the good kind, George Clinton-style- like in the 2013 Grenache-Syrah. The dense dark berry flavors snap with a black licorice note that gives it that unmistakable southern Rhône quality. The soil at Mas de Guiot closely resembles what you find in more prestigious Rhône regions like Chateauneuf du Pape, where smooth rocks, les galets roulés, dapple the ground like some sort of moonscape. The age of the vines range from 10-50 years old. The Cornuts pick late, partially de-stem the fruit and cold macerate the grapes for 24-48 hours before putting the wine in tank to finish fermentation.
A 40/60 blend of Grenache to Syrah, the wine is a vivid dark violet in the glass and has an alluring ripe fruit quality. Elevated French country wine? It has enough interest, a touch of rusticity, and rich fruit to make it enjoyable to linger over while you prepare dinner and it will also nicely carry over to the table. The 2013 Grenache-Syrah has a sale price of $8.95, but the deal gets even sweeter on a full case purchase of $99.

The intensity of this time of year has ratcheted up and to help combat all the busyness, I have gravitated towards classic comfort foods for dinner. Things like chicken enchilada casserole and pot roast with mashed potatoes have been on the menu at chez moi. Meals like these do not need sophisticated, complicated wine. What works is something simple, but impeccably made, like the 2013 Grenache-Syrah from Mas de Guiot.

Thanksgiving next week will find me with family and friends. I only need to bring a side dish, so I am hoping I will find a bit of time to relax that day. The Wine House’s 38th Anniversary Sale has had us buzzing around here and my daughter’s foray into musical theatre has been rather demanding with dress and tech rehearsals all week. Not to mention, I made a huge tactical error when I dropped off my daughter’s costume at rehearsal, only to be talked into staying to “help” with make-up. I am now the expert on doing make-up for Cinderella’s mice. Honestly, I love it. Those darling faces are so perfect, how could my ineptness at face-painting ruin their beauty! Wishing you all a bountiful and meaningful Thanksgiving.– Anya Balistreri

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2010 Col del Mondo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

As The Wine House’s 38th Anniversary Sale gets underway, I’d like to kick off the celebration by highlighting a super bargain for a charming, medium-full bodied red with juicy fruit and unobtrusive tannins: the 2010 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from Col del Mondo. This wine will take you far this fall and winter, with its bolder character and supple flavors. Whether you are cozying up to a fireside dinner or are rushing out the door- late again!- to your best friend’s soirée, having a case of the 2010 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from Col del Mondo at the ready can ease some of the strain of the season.

Photo courtesy of winery’s FB page

The Montepulciano grape is widely planted in eastern Italy along the Adriatic Coast. Especially in the region of Abruzzi, Montepulciano proliferated as it adapted well to the climate, and could produce easy-going, drinkable reds. Historically, the intention here was to make a whole lot of good wine, not necessarily emphasizing premium quality wine. This thinking has changed dramatically in recent years as winemakers and wine drinkers have woken up to the great potential of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo to make outstanding wine.

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Col del Mondo is a winery that came together when three friends set out to change the perception of Abruzzi wine. It is widely noted that Abruzzi farmers are more grape growers than winemakers, so it was common and convenient to join a cooperative. Nowadays, winemakers seeking to produce higher quality wines in the region have set out on their own. Col del Mondo is a young operation with Fabrizio Mazzacchetti, the son of one of the partners, making the wines. The vineyards are extremely well placed in the commune of Collecorvino in the Pescara province. Hillside elevations with south/south-west exposures only 12 miles from the sea provide an ideal growing climate for producing aromatic, fresh and fruity aromas in the wine.

The fruit for the 2010 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is grown within the desirable sub-zone of Terre dei Vestini. The wine is fermented in tank and then spends approximately 14-18 months in barrel. What makes this Montepulciano d’Abruzzo stand out is its suppleness. The flavors lean toward plum and blackberry with just a trace of leather. It’s juicy and plump with rounded tannins. Dark in color, you might expect an onslaught of heaviness, but for a big red it sits poised on the palate. I can easily savor a glass on its own as much as I enjoy how it handles a main course.

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The $19.98 bottle price is fair, though the $16.95 sale price is certainly a better deal. The full-case price of $150 is more than a 30% savings…now that’s a super deal! We have a limited number of cases in stock as we took advantage of end-of-vintage savings. Once the 2010 is gone, it’s gone.

Yesterday at the shop I was trying to cram in a days extra work for I had been temporarily derailed this week with an eye ulcer…who knew that was even possible? Anyway, we were working on The November Dirty Dozen when Pete commented on one of my food pairings and mused why there hasn’t been an upscale revival of chili in this town? The conversation then turned to chili and wine pairing in general; I had suggested in the DD to pair Tempranillo with chili. As I began my research for this newsletter, I stumbled upon a headline: “The Perfect Chili Wine: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo”. It must be in the air! I concur that Montepulciano d’Abruzzo would be a clever choice for a meaty, tomato-y chili; spicy or not. Before we sell out of this beauty, I’ll have to squirrel away a bottle to do my own research at home with a bowl. As luck would have it, I made nearly 12 quarts of chili last week for Halloween dinner. Even after my guests had their fill, I had enough leftovers to send care packages to some neighbors and freeze some for dinner later. If only I could plan this well all the time! – Anya Balistreri

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The November 2013 Dirty Dozen

Grab your coat and hat, it’s November! The chill in the air and the long nights make it easy to stay indoors and hang out with friends and family. And while doing so, why not have a box of twelve different wines, all chosen for their versatility, for one low price to choose from. Tick-tock goes the clock. Thanksgiving is almost here, and the holidays are right around the corner. The Dirty Dozen is a simple solution for all your vinous needs!

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2014 Viognier Pays d’Oc, Grange des Rouquette $11.99, $8.79 reorder
TWH pals Thierry and Véronique Boudinaud produce this Viognier (85%) and Marsanne (15%) blend from the balmy VDP d’Oc. Its aromas are of Granny Smith apples, white peach, and apricot with a hint of white pepper. On the palate, it’s well-balanced and has a lively finish. If you want to go all out, pair this with grilled halibut with asparagus.

2014 Ventoux Blanc, Domaine de Fondrèche $16.59, $13.59 reorder
It’s been a long time since we’ve had a white wine from Domaine de Fondrèche. Not because we haven’t tried (we’ve begged them), but because so little is made, barely any makes it out of the Rhône Valley, let alone France. It’s a fancy tasting blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette, and Rolle. Get the good stemware and serve pan-fried trout.

2014 Montravel Blanc, Château Calabre $10.99, $8.79 reorder
Just beyond Bordeaux’s eastern frontier, north of the commune of Ste. Foy la Grande is Montravel. Given its proximity to the vineyards of Bordeaux, the same grapes grow there. This fine, inexpensive copycat of white Bordeaux (Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle) is crisp and balanced. A roasted vegetable torte with goat cheese is perfection here!

2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Copain $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder
Winemaker Wells Guthrie was a “regular” at TWH long before he started Copain and became known for making some of the most lauded Pinot Noir and Syrah in California. Balance over power is the approach here, and this pink made from Pinot Noir reflects that delicate touch. Freshness, red fruit, and citrus abound. Try it with flatbread with olives.

2014 Chardonnay, Apaltagua $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
This tropical fruit-laden Chardonnay is rich in the fruit department, yet finishes clean and crisp. No oak helps to keep this wine lively and bright. The grapes are grown in the San Antonio Valley, west of Chile’s capital, Santiago, and near the Pacific Ocean. Pair with a sandwich, panini, grinder, hoagie, sub, or po’boy.

2014 Pinot Gris, 99 West $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder
Pinot Gris is Oregon’s most widely planted white variety. This one hails from Willamette Valley in western Oregon. Spiced pears permeate the clean, subtle fruit notes on the palate. A versatile white that can be enjoyed by itself or with a wide array of cuisines. Try with pork tenderloin accompanied by quince paste or applesauce – yum!

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Bliss Family Vineyards $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
A rarity: estate-grown California Cabernet Sauvignon for under $15! Grapes growers in Mendocino County for three generations, the Bliss family makes this spicy Cabernet in a straightforward manner, offering value and character. Black plum and berry flavors lead the way. Can’t go wrong with braised short ribs, lamb shanks or slow-roasted pot roast.

2012 Tempranillo, Ercavio $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
This is a crazy good value red for those who are looking for bolder, juicier flavors. Old vine Tempranillo grown on limestone and clay soils at elevations above 2000ft east of Toledo equate to a saturated purple color in the glass and flavors of black currant with a slight hint of licorice. Divine! This wine will stand up to spicier fare like chili or posole.

2012 Teroldego Rotaliano, Lechthaler $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder
Teroldego makes its debut in a DD! A deeply pigmented varietal, Teroldego thrives on the flat plateau above Trento where the vines are trained on pergolas to limit vigor. Fruity and bursting with black cherry flavors, this red is fermented in tank and spends less than a year in barrel. This one would be lovely for the Thanksgiving table.

2012 Syrah, Domaine de St. Antoine $11.49, $9.19 reorder
When driving up to St. Antoine, one immediately gets it; it’s not a winery, it’s a farm. No fancy fountains, Ionic columns, or manicured hedges. Instead, there are green fields, tractors, and grizzled farm workers. But don’t think for a second that Jean-Louis Emmanuel’s focus is not on his wines! This Syrah is fresh and complex and drinks great with that pizza.

2012 Tradicional, Quinta do Alqueve $11.29, $9.03 reorder
Alpiarca, some 40 miles north of Lisbon is where you’ll find Paulo Saturnino Cunha and Quinta do Alqueve. For his Tradicional, he blends Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Trincadeira, and Castelao, and the result is one of the best bang-for-your-buck reds out there. Über versatile, you can pair this with all your favorite red wine dishes.

2012 Vinsobres, Tour de l’Isle $17.99, $14.39 reorder
Once part of the more general Côtes du Rhône Villages designation, Vinsobres has been able to label their wines as their own village since 2006; they’re that distinct. Deep aromas of red and purple fruit surround an earthy core in this medium-full bodied red. This will pair great with steaks and chops of all sorts and sizes.

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Defying Expectations: Radford Dale 2012 Chenin Blanc

Radford Dale’s 2012 Chenin Blanc
I am commonly asked what kind of wine I like by people I meet after they learn I work in the wine industry. I don’t mean to sound coy or flippant, but my answer is usually “good wine”. Sure I have my preferences, but why limit myself to geography or type when it comes to the vast diversity of wine? Case in point, this week’s staff tasting included a bottle of 2012 Chenin Blanc from Radford Dale (which on the label reads: The Renaissance of Chenin Blanc). This South African white bowled me over with a swath of rich, persistent fruit that while opulent never strayed too far due to the underlying acidity of the wine. Wow, I thought. How do you convince more people to try such a wine? Putting aside for the moment place and varietal, I am convinced that Chardonnay drinkers and admirers, would find much to appreciate and delight in with this full-flavored Chenin Blanc. It isn’t necessarily the die-hard Loire Valley Chenin Blanc devotee that will find this wine compelling but anyone who wants to experience a white wine with complex, balanced flavors delivered in a full bodied thrust of fruit. This is one luscious white.

The Radford Dale wines, which includes Vinum and Winery of Good Hope, are directly imported by The Wine House. Why would we, importers of French and Italian wines, bother to bring in wine all the way from South Africa? Because they are special wines. Radford Dale founded in 1998 by two friends, Alex Dale and Ben Radford, has steadily garnered recognition for their outstanding wines. It was only this past summer that Radford Dale’s Pinot Noir was handpicked by the King of Sweden to be served at his son’s wedding, Prince Carl Phillip. Quite an honor! Alex Dale is the public face of the winery and is making it his mission to elevate the perception of South African Chenin Blanc. Alex has sought out old bush vine Chenin Blanc, encouraging growers not to replace them with Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, because it is his belief that these old vines have the greatest potential in South Africa.

For the 2012 Chenin Blanc, the fruit comes from a single-vineyard of 50 year old bush vines that grow unirrigated along the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains. The vines face south across False Bay and the southern Atlantic Ocean. The soil type is called Clovelly which is a decomposed granite with patches of quartz. The old vines reach deep into the subsoils allowing them to withstand warmer temperatures. The wine is barrel aged for 10 months in mostly small and some large oak barrels, with less than 20% new.

I’d like to include a note from the winemaker for this wine instead of my own tasting note, because it accurately reflects my own perception of the wine and it is so well written, I’m sure I could not do any better. So here goes:
“The overriding characteristic given to this wine by its vines and its environment is its complex minerality and its persistent yet elegant intensity. Notes of lime pervade the quenching beam of acidity, penetrating and weaving through the ripe glycerol and lifting the gentle spice and biscuit flavours, carrying them on the citrus palate long after the wine is gone.”

Alex Dale

This past Thursday, The Wine House hosted an evening of Moroccan wine at Mourad featuring the wines of Ouled Thaleb. I had the good fortune of being able to attend and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed, not only the wine and the food, but most especially, the company. It was a privilege to spend time getting to know some of our customers just a little bit better in a festive environment while breaking bread. It was a great night and one we hope to repeat again soon. If you missed out on this event, but would like to know about future ones, please send us an email indicating your interest and we’ll be sure to let you know of any upcoming events. – Anya Balistreri

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2014 Ernesto Picollo Gavi – A Bestselling Italian White

Sometimes the most enjoyable wine is the simplest. Take our bestselling Gavi from Ernesto Picollo – it is made with one grape, Cortese, fermented in tank for approximately three weeks and then bottled. Simple, no? But what results! Lemony, citrusy flavors made vibrant with a solid backbone of acidity. The 2014 Gavi just landed in our warehouse and it’s as wonderful as the previous seven vintages TWH has carried!


At $10.99 a bottle, it isn’t difficult to understand why Picollo’s Gavi is a bestseller. It’s an authentic wine made by a tight-knit Italian family who continue to push themselves to make the best possible wine for a very fair price. Gianlorenzo Picollo is the third generation proprietor, whose shy demeanor can mask his passion for the work in the vineyard and the cellar. Because there isn’t much in the way of manipulation in the cellar, it is crucial to bring in excellent fruit. Gianlorenzo accomplishes this with green harvesting and keeping reasonable yields.

The Picollo Family

Though part of Piedmont, its proximity to the Ligurian Sea gives Gavi a more Mediterranean climate as opposed to the continental climate of Barolo and Barbaresco to the north. The winery is located in the hamlet of Rovereto in the heart of Gavi. The Picollo farm is right across from the church, just as depicted on their label. David travelled to Italy for the first time this past summer to visit with many of our Italian producers. David asked for Picollo’s coordinates since he was getting there by car and was using GPS. Gianlorenzo ignored his request and told him when he gets to the church, there they are!

Vineyards in Gavi

We had been out of Gavi for over a month. Our container from Italy was delayed over and over. I was at a loss, for the Gavi is my staple for Friday Night Fish Fry. Whether it’s baked filet of sole, linguine with clams, or pesto pasta, Gavi matches it all. Though fragrant and full of character, Picollo’s Gavi is the perfect foil for fish, shellfish and vegetarian dishes because it doesn’t overwhelm the palate. You notice the acidity but it is never harsh and the citrusy flavors are snappy. The 2014 comes in at 12% abv, keeping things light and easy.

My calendar for 2015 is filling up fast. When I read a post on FB warning that there were only ten Saturdays until Christmas, I felt sick to my stomach. Stay in the moment, I coached myself. One thing at a time. Yes, one thing. Ah yes, the one thing that I am most looking forward to is our event at Mourad’s on October 22 featuring the wines of Ouled Thaleb, Morocco’s oldest working winery. We’ve been carrying Ouled Thaleb wines for some time now, so I am especially excited to taste through them while dining at Mourad Lahlou’s newest restaurant. Seats are still available, so if interested in joining us, please give us a call. – Anya Balistreri

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The October 2015 Dirty Dozen

As the days grow ever shorter, there’s a distinct chill in the air lately, especially in the evenings. It’s time to begin thinking about moving the party indoors as fall is indeed upon us. No need to worry. If you’re looking for something fun and seasonal, check out the October 2015 Dirty Dozen. 12 bottles, all chosen with the season in mind, all different, all versatile, in one box for a super-bargain price. The October Dirty Dozen!

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2014 Rosé, Upside $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
At A.P. Vin, Andrew Vingiello makes small lot, single-vineyard Pinot Noir in SF’s Mission district. He also makes this cheery, strawberry-laden Rosé of Pinot Noir. Bright and spicy with enough fruit to make it pleasant to sip on its own or accompany a meal. We think it’s a perfect choice for a hillside sunset viewing with toast points and smoked trout.

2014 Bianco Siciliane, Cantine Colosi $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
Cantine Colosi was established in 1987 on Salina, a small island in the Eolian Archipelago, producing wine from Sicily’s native varietals. This white is a blend of Inzolia, Catarrato and Grillo, grapes grown in Sciaccia, along the southwest coast of Sicily. It’s zippy, floral and dry. Serve with tempura-batter foods or any deep-fried specialty.

2013 Paso a Paso, Bodega Volver $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
Bodegas Volver is a joint venture between legendary Spanish importer, Jorge Ordonez, and renowned oenologist, Rafael Cañizares. Paso a Paso is made from organically grown grapes in the region of La Mancha situated in Spain’s interior. It’s pale yellow in color with flavors of pear and citrus and a lively finish. Try with a quinoa and kale salad.

2013 Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, Tour de l’Isle $14.99, $11.99 reorder
Not only are white Côtes-du-Rhônes fairly priced, some of them are outstanding; like this one! We directly import Robert Rocchi’s Tour de l’Isle blanc for its seamless expression of four grape varietals. Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, and Clairet are the grapes, and the wine has plenty of fleshy fruit, mineral undertones, and a crisp finish.

2013 Lugana, Ca’Lojera $17.79, $14.23 reorder
Made from the grape Turbiana (others call it Trebbiano di Lugana), this direct-import is made by and shipped to us by Franco and Ambra Tiraboschi from the idyllic commune of Sirmione. It’s a truly unique wine, at once showing off notes of ripe white fruit with zippy citrus backbone framed in a mineral rich, saline-like package. Fried calamari goes well here.

2011 Chenin Blanc, Vinum Africa $17.49, $13.99 reorder
Decanter magazine recommended Vinum Africa Chenin Blanc earlier this year, and we say it’s about time. South African Chenin Blancs have taken off, and this one is a right good deal. It’s bright, apple-y, and the deft touch of new barrel gives it a little spice and texture. It tastes fancy and would be great paired with some yummy barbecue chicken.

2012 Hi-Rollr Red, Yorkville Cellars $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder
An uncommon blend of organically grown Zinfandel and Malbec, this vibrant red showcases flavors of boysenberries, plum and warm spices. Aged in neutral barrel and bottled lightly filtered, this is a fabulous value from Mendocino County. Thin-crusted pizza, slow-roasted beef or an eggplant and chickpea tangine are all good options for pairing.

2014 Rouge, Le Chaz $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, and Merlot go into this delightful Languedoc wine. Spearheaded by winemaker Benoît Chazallon, Le Chaz offers value and distinction sourcing grapes from vines aged 12-20+ years. Smooth and supple with long, silky tannins, this red can be matched with a multitude of dishes like butternut squash risotto or chili.

2013 Carmenere Reserva, Apaltagua $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
Carmenere is the progenitor of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. What enterprising 19th century Chilean vignerons thought were Merlot cuttings taken from Bordeaux turned out to be Carmenere. This Carmenere comes from the Colchagua Valley in central Chile. It is rich, bold and full of black fruit and tobacco flavors. Try with lamb curry, rack of lamb or lamb.

2012 Côtes-Du-Rhône, André Brunel $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
André Brunel makes some of the Rhône Valley’s most sought-after wines. Applying his knowhow to the working class Côtes-du-Rhône appellation, he crafts some pretty high quality bottlings which are bargains for sure. Sturdy dark red and purple fruit surround themselves with an earthy French mineral, suggesting this will pair well with a grilled steak.

2013 Grenache/Syrah, Mas de Guiot $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
Speaking of bargains, we just love the G/S blend from Mas de Guiot! It is fruity, peppery, earthy, and boasts that signature southern French leatheriness. The palate is medium/full in body and the finish is balanced and long lasting. It’s another versatile red, so you can pair it with all the usual suspects like pizza and pasta with tomato based sauces.

2011 Touraine Les Demoiselles, Domaine des Corbillières $15.99, $12.79 reorder
Last call for the 2011 Loire Valley blend of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and Côt (Malbec)! You truly get a sense of all 3 varieties here. The complex, berry-like aromas exemplify the Pinot Noir. The next level of complexity, especially the crunched up leafy character, is from the Cab Franc, all held up by the backbone of the Côt. All systems go here.

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Domaine Saint-Rémy 2014 Rose d’Alsace

If our point of sale system is to be believed, then The Wine House has been stocking wines from the Ehrhart family since 2005. In the ten years that have followed, the winery has gone through some important changes. No longer are their exported wines labelled Domaine Ehrhart. Instead their historic name, Domaine Saint-Rémy, which is how they’ve always been known as in France and which dates back to 1725, is printed on the labels. Completed in 2013, a new winery and cellar was built to ensure quality winemaking. But the most important change, in my opinion, is that the winery is now certified organic and biodynamic. The conversion to biodynamic farming reflects the Ehrhart’s long-standing determination and dedication to preserving the tradition of wine making in Alsace. The Ehrhart’s take their stewardship of the land and vineyards seriously.

The 2014 Rose d’Alsace from Domaine Saint-Rémy is new to me and to the store. This is the first vintage we’ve had the opportunity to carry. An un-tinted, slender bottle allows the attractive orange-tinged pink color to show through – the bottle had me at hello! As much of a fan of Rhône varietal rosés that I am, I also deeply enjoy rosés made from Pinot Noir. There is a sophistication and elegance to rosé of Pinot Noir that is undeniable. Domaine Saint-Rémy’s 2014 Rose d’Alsace is pleasantly aromatic – wild strawberries, ripe Charentais melon, and spun sugar. The flavors are vivid but not overly fruity. I predict I will be turning to this wine time and again, especially as Autumn clings to Summer’s heat.

On the first full day of Fall with outside temperatures above 90 degrees, I prepared one of my family’s favorite warm weather dishes, Salade Niçoise. A morning trip to the farmer’s market guaranteed flavorful produce and other than whisking together a spiky vinaigrette and a whole lot of chopping, dinner was done! With a plate piled high with crunchy veg, imported Tonno, and briny olives, a glass of chilled rosé was a must. Luckily I planned ahead and stuck a bottle of 2014 Rose d’Alsace in the fridge before heading out in the morning. It was an ideal pairing.

My newlywed nephew was ordained a Russian Orthodox priest last Sunday. Some say it is a calling, but I call it courageous. In these times, in this culture, to dedicate one’s life to serve others without the hope of financial gain is an audacious decision to make. My admiration for this exceptional young man is unbounded, as is my love. Emotions continue to ride high as this weekend marks 17 years of wedded bliss! I can recollect my wedding day like it was yesterday. Though my father told me I didn’t have to go through with it as he drove me to the church, I know now that marrying my husband was the best decision ever.
Tony – ты мой мужчина!Anya Balistreri

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