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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Paso Robles Pair







Hello Wine Lovers!
It is that time again... another wine posting. When do I have enough time to drink all these wines you ask? It is not easy and it's a dirty job but someone has to do it and why not me? So last night my wife and I cooked a wonderful dinner and of course during the cooking we drank a bottle of nice red wine and then when we set down to enjoy our labor, we had another matching wine! Both are from Rabbit Ridge Winery in Paso Robles California. A Region of California with far less money per acre and very high quality. The wines were Rabbit Ridge "Allure de Robles" which is a wine crafted after the famous Rhone Region in Southern France. It is a blend of
Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes.You will find this wine to be ruby red in color with aromas and flavors of ripe berry, plum, tobacco, and vanilla with a little herb thrown in on the finish. The second wine is Le Lapin Paso Robles "Speed Bump" which is a blend of Tempranillo and Alicante from Spain. Both of these wines sell for around $7.99 a bottle and you will not believe your taste buds! Tempranillo is a native red grape from Spain. It is the main grape used in Rioja. Alicante is a cross of Petite Bouschet (itself a cross of the very old variety Teinturier du Cher and Ramon and Grenache. Teinturier, is a French term meaning to dye or stain and refers to a grape whose flesh and juice are both red in color. (Most red skinned grapes the juice is clear in color)Does that make sense?? Anyway...don't hesitate to try these wines out, you will not be disappointed! I purchased the wines from a small shop in Palatine but they should be available from our good friends at Binny's.

Cheers!
J

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