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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Anti-Valentine Wine

Are you having an "anti-Valentine's Day" party?  
If so, these wines may just put you in the mood for love!

Bitch Bubbly
For lonely hearts, V'day haters and anyone who has been stood up, there is a Black Monday wine for you. With its tease of red fruit sweetness and tongue-tingling effervescence, this wine will wash away those blues. Tasty with both savories and sweets, pair it with a fat steak or serve with an entire meal of desserts from lemon pound cake to chocolate chip cookies. $10.00 

Boekenhoutskloof 2010 Chocolate Block 
One of South Africa's best-selling wines, it is a surprising blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Viognier. Syrah dominates the flavor with raspberry, blackberry and almond notes with just a hint of pepper and spice. The wine will work with most poultry and red meat but it will also go well with, as the name implies, rich, dark chocolate. $30.00
Terra Valentine 2008 Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 
This big, sexy, serious wine offers chocolate, spice and everything nice. Up front, its flavors are fruit-driven but then its dark, earthy notes emerge toward the back of the palate and linger on the finish. A wine this masculine deserves manly foods like buffalo short ribs or rosemary-crusted lamb shank. $45.00

Jealous Bitch Cabernet Sauvignon
While winemaking is quite a civil profession, it can at times be "dog-eat-dog." A rating of 94 points or above can foster a great deal of jealousy in some of the most genteel wine people.

With our Jealous Bitch Cabernet, we endeavor to offer an outstanding red varietal wine with supple, structured tannins balanced by rich Cabernet fruit reminiscent of dark red berries and a whisper of chocolate.

Jealous Bitch Chardonnay 

With our Jealous Bitch Chardonnay, we endeavor to
offer an outstanding white varietal wine with distinctively rich Chardonnay fruit balanced by hints of butter and toasted wood.

Stone Brewing Company 
"Double Bastard" Strong Ale 
Give a bottle to someone you used to love.  $8

We found Valentine Vineyards:  a small family-run winery in Southern Mendocino County, just a quarter of a mile from the Alexander Valley appellation. The vineyard was planted in 1976 by Rodney Strong with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Between 1975 and 1985, the vineyard was operated by Sonoma Vineyards which produced wine from the vineyard under the designation “Haehl Ranch”.  In 1987, the vineyard was purchased by Bob Valentine and became Valentine Vineyards.

Since the purchase of Valentine Vineyards, Bob Valentine has been busy at work both selling his grapes to outside wineries and producing his own private, award generating wines comprised of 100% Valentine fruit. The gold medals collected in amateur wine competitions over the past decade are both numerous and impressive. Triple gold awards are not uncommon in Bob Valentine's repitoire of amateur wine awards.  

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