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Margerum Riviera Rosé

MARGERUM

Riviera Rosé 2016

(Santa Barbara County, California) $21

This might be the most sophisticated rosé you drink all spring and summer. A burst of spicy, minerally coolness, Margerum’s Riviera Rosé is the merest tint of pink, like a subtle watercolor. (No cherry popsicle-color here). It’s made from grenache, syrah, counoise and cinsault—the grapes often used in southern French rosés. Unlike so many French rosés, however, there’s a vividness and energy here. If you want to put winter behind you, this is the way. (12% abv)

89 points KM

Available at Margerum

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Wine Question

One of the following Disney movies featured two legendary bottles of French wine: a 1947 Château Cheval Blanc and a 1961 Château Latour. Was it:

A. Beauty and the Beast

B. Lady and the Tramp

C. The Parent Trap

D. Ratatouille

D. The animated movie Ratatouille (2007) follows the adventures of a French country rat named Remy as he pursues his passion for cooking gourmet cuisine in a Parisian kitchen. His dishes share the screen with a ’47 Cheval Blanc and a ’61 Latour, both considered “wines of the century.”

Verbatim

“Men are like wine–some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.”

— Pope John XXIII

Wine Words

Thin

Used to describe a wine lacking character and flavor, possibly because it was made from grapes produced at a very high yield. An extremely thin wine tastes watery.

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Wine Geo Ghallenge

Answer to Yesterday’s (Thurs Feb 23)
Wine Geo Challenge

B. Rhône

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Fascinating Facts

Cru?

If you’ve ever encountered any of France’s extensive wine classifications, you’ve heard the word cru. From Premier Cru to Grand Cru Classé to Premier Cru Supérieur Classé, there is no shortage of rankings a wine might have. And all of them share the term cru. Translated literally into English, cru means “growth.” It might seem like a strange word to describe wine. But cru is the past participle of the French verb croître, meaning “to grow.” It is, by extension, a reference to terroir – to the quality of the vines growing in a certain place.

160

Degrees in Fahrenheit that compost piles can achieve as bacteria and other microorganisms breakdown plant matter such as straw, willow bark, and chamomile into nutrient-rich natural fertilizer. Compost is especially important in biodynamic viticulture, where it is made into “teas” and other preparations that enrich the soil and enliven photosynthesis.

11 million

Number of acres that comprise the Columbia Valley of Washington State. This one AVA (American Viticultural Area) is so large it covers more than a third of the state and spills over into Oregon. 99% of all Washington grapes are grown here. The valley, a 2-million year old river system, was carved out by some 20 cataclysmic floods that resulted from collapsing glacial ice dams.

4 billion

The value (in U.S. dollars) of annual wine, beer, and spirits sales at Costco. Costco is the largest retailer of wine in the U.S. There are 500 Costco warehouse stores in North America, and 49 million Costco members. A national team of 12 beverage buyers are responsible for everything from luxury wines to boxed wines.

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