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Syrahs at Webster’s Fine Stationers, Saturday, May 21

The good news – it looks like we’ll be at Webster’s Fine Stationers on a monthly basis, starting today.

For those of you who were there today, please let us know what you thought in the comments below. And here are our tasting notes.

Please keep in mind, this isn’t a test and you’re not checking your answers against ours. The idea here is to calibrate your impressions with ours so that when we write this tasted like peach and you thought it tasted like cherries, then you’ll know that when we write peach you’ll probably taste cherries.

These

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Flying Goat Cellars 2009 Goat Bubbles Rosé Sparkling Wine

Type: Dry sparkling rosé Made with: Pinot Noir What makes it special: Hand made from the Santa Rita Hills Plays Well With: Just about anything.

If you think pink means icky sweet, then the only thing pink about this wine is the color. It’s a dry sparkling wine with the tiny bubbles that marks a true method champagnoise and it has no, repeat, no residual sweetness. The nose is clean and fresh. The taste is dry and chalky in a good way and the wine dissolves into bubbles by the time it reaches the back of your mouth.

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Flying Goat – Bubbles and More in the Santa Rita Hills

Kate Griffiths and Norm Yost at Tasting

Last January, when Michael came home from the Pinot Days tasting in Santa Moncia, he was all excited about Flying Goat and Norm Yost. Yost is the owner/winemaker at Flying Goat Cellars.

Based in Lompoc, he makes mostly pinot noirs from the surrounding Santa Rita Hills. But since pinot noir is also the grape that makes Champagne, Yost is making a lovely couple of bubblies called Goat Bubbles.

“It’s truly a labor of love,” Yost said, after going through the whole process of making bubbly – most of which he does

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