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Rideau 2007 Mourvedre

Type: Dry red

Made With: the mourvedre grape

Plays Well With: Hearty meats, such as herbed leg of lamb.

Call the mourvedre grape the stinky cheese of the wine world.  While it’s a good, hearty wine that does pair well with strong cheeses, like they do about some cheeses, folks will complain about funk in the nose or taste.  Which is probably why it’s getting more and more common to see US. wines blended with the lighter grenache and fruitier syrah – the GSM you sometimes see on labels – like they do in the Rhone valley of France.

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Zachary Levi Celebrity Wine FAQ

Courtesy Walt Disney Studios

Disney’s latest animated feature Tangled opens in theatres this weekend.  And if the voice of male hero/love interest Flynn Rider sounds a lot like Chuck Bartowski, you’re right.  Zachary Levi, who stars in the NBC spy comedy Chuck, is also the voice for Flynn.  And in honor of the movie, we present his Celebrity FAQ, based on the interview Anne did with him last summer.

“My agent fought to get me into the room, because obviously, I’m not English and they were only looking at English dudes,” Levi said about getting the role of

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The Georges DeBoeuf 2010 Beaujolais Nouveau

Type: Dry, fruity red Made With: the gamay grape Plays Well With: Thanksgiving Dinner

If you haven’t bought your wine for Thanksgiving Dinner yet, may we offer one really great option – Beaujolais Nouveau.  This is one of those that wine snobs just love to turn their noses up at, but they’re the ones missing out.  This fun, fruity, brand-spanking new little wine can stand up to turkey, but is fruity enough not to go sour and icky with those sweet potatoes and cranberries, and is light enough for your relatives who don’t drink wine and are terrified of

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Rideau 2007 Grenache


Type: Dry red

Made With: Grenache

Plays Well With: Cheeses, rich sauces.

Grenache Is one of the main component grapes in wines from the Rhone Valley in France.  It’s the G in GSM that you’ll sometimes see on bottles: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre.  And with Rhone-style wines getting pretty popular these days, so is grenache.  Usually the grape makes a soft fruity wine – one of the reasons you’ll find it paired up with the heftier mourvedre or as part of another blend.  But as the Rideau 2007 proves, it makes a very nice wine on its

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Rideau Vineyards, Big Easy Style and Taste

Inside the Tasting Room at Rideau Vineyards

We first stumbled onto Rideau Vineyards at last May’s Hospice du Rhone event in Paso Robles.  And last summer, when we went up to the Solvang/Santa Ynez area with Anne’s parents, we couldn’t resist stopping by. That’s because Iris Rideau made such an impression.  Okay, so did her winemaker Andres Ibarra.  Rideau is a New Orleans native who moved out to California as a young girl (we won’t go into how long ago, but she was making waves in L.A. business circles in the 1960s, based on the bio on the

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