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From Grape to Grain

Derek Brown was once mixing drinks at a White House holiday function, where he was introduced to the President of the United States as “the mixologist.” President Obama said, “Isn’t that just a bartender?”
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2007 Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon

A very nice, approachable cabernet blend. Attractive nose of ligonberries and anise, even a hint of sugar cookies, of all things. It has the advantage of being 13.5% alcohol, so it does not have the nose burn that so many high-alcohol cabs seem to have these days. Light tannins and pleasant fruit on the palate with hints of hoisin sauce (i.e. plums), but not a lingering finish. Should not be confused with Mount Eden Estate cab. Nevertheless, a solid, if unexciting, wine. Try with simply prepared steaks or roasts. Recommended.
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2005 Bodegas Valduero Reserva

That lovely cigar box and cedar nose so typical of many Spanish reds is immediately forthcoming on the nose, along with some herbal elements. Black cherry fruit is forward, and the wine is a bit clumsy in that regard. Tannins are still sharp, giving a somewhat dusty finish, but still quite pleasant overall. At least one hour of aeration is recommended. Still could use some additional age. Good with just about any grilled meat on the barbecue, especially if using wood to smoke. Recommended. GT