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A sense of place, under your feet

Walking in the wild places beyond our own backyards – and yes, beyond the vineyards’ edge – can enrich our lives immensely. Yet, unlike maintaining a vegetable garden or an 80-hectare vineyard, making sense of the natural world simply by the power of our own locomotion can cost very little for the well-being it returns.
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Checking In On The Chains

Retail wine franchises, Vino 100 and Wine Styles, have grown using descriptions like Crisp, Bold, Rich, and Mellow. Is it over simplistic or a new avenue into wine for the novice consumer?
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2007 Bodegas Volver Tempranillo la Mancha

Another Spanish red that helped my mind take a vacation was this super sexy Tempranillo. Filled with dark fruit and smoke, this wine is supple and juicy. It is well balanced and utterly drinkable. Watch out: this wine screams red hot passion. Think Penelope Cruz in a glass. (Yes, it’s that good.)
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2007 Cave de Rasteau “Dame Victoria” Cotes du Rhone-Villages Rasteau

There was a time when I ran off to France for a couple of weeks and drowned my sorrows in bottles exactly like this: a Rhone varietal made up of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre. This is a perfect drinking wine -- the blend makes it great with any kind of food (or no food at all). I swoon over the red berry flavors with just a hint of minerality. C’est parfait.
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2007 Henry Lagarde Malbec

After drinking a glass of this I discovered my heart is still capable of fluttering. This wine is intense, and complex. It is earthy and a little oaky, filled with red and black fruit and dark chocolate. Eat it with a steak still very pink in the middle.