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					             PINOT NOIR from the US of A                                                                                     ITALY.ITALIA.ITALIE                                                                                       SOUTH AMERICA
Lemelson, ‘Thea’s Selection’, Willamette, OR 2007 (Awesome dark earth)                         36.                                                                                                        Cab, Crios de Susana Balbo, Mendoza, Argentina, 2008 (biodynamic beauties from Susana) 28.
Soter, Mineral Springs Ranch, Yamhill, OR 2007 (special stuff at a steal)                      44.                                                                                                        Bonarda-Malbec, Tikal, ‘Patriota’, Mendoza, Argentina, 2007 (rich, fun from Ernesto Catena) 42.
Scott Paul, ‘Cuvee Martha Pirrie’, Willamette Valley, OR 2007 (Oregon clarity)                 48.   barbera d’Asti, Damilano, 2008 (great winery that keeps getting better and better)       32.         Malbec, Luigi Bosca, Reserva, Mendoza, Argentina, 2007 (what’s the hype about? oh, I see) 36.
Calera, Central Coast, CA, 2007 (exactly what you want in a CA Pinot)                          48.   barbera d’Alba, Vietti, Tre Vigne, 2006 (we love this--elegant & awesome)                48.         Malbec, Paso de Piedra, Reserva, Argentina, 2007 (a treasure from Mendoza; great stuff) 40.
Eyrie, Dundee Hills, Oregon, 2007 (by David Lett, the Oregon pioneer--ethereal/gorgeous)       52.   nebbiolo-barbera,RocchedeiManzoni,‘BriccoManzoni’,1999(primedforyou.delicioso) 60.                   Malbec, Luca, Mendoza, Argentina, 2008 (Laura’s opaque and spicy gem)                        65.
Copain, ‘Tous Ensemble’, Anderson Valley, CA, 2007 (Wells Guthrie, wine superstar)             58.   Barolo, Fantino, Vigna dei Dardi, Piedmont, 2000 (Mascarello’s pupils; classic vintage) 72.          Bordeaux blend, Susana Balbo, ‘Brioso’, Mendoza, Argentina, 2006 (Man, she can make wine) 80.
Fiddlehead Cellars, ‘Fiddlestix 728’, Santa Rita Hills, CA 2006 (Kathy Joseph’s got your #)    64.   Barolo, Vietti, Castiglione, 2005 (Classy Nebbiolo from an artful producer)              82.         Carmenère-Petit Verdot, Montes, ‘Purple Angel’, Chile, 2006 (firm but velvety proof of life) 82.
Lioco, Carneros, CA, 2007 (this wine represents the future of CA; the revolution is now)       65.   Barolo, Bongiovanni, Piedmont, 2003 (modern, but not too racy; nicely done)              89.
Whetstone, ‘Jon Boat’, Sonoma Coast, CA 2006 (luxurious texture meets elegant spice)
Sineann, ‘Resonance’, Willamette, OR, 2008 (Peter R. has captured Burgundy in a bottle)
                                                                                                     Barolo, Borgogno, Classico Riserva, Piedmont, 2000 (classic/fist-pumping good)          110.                   AMERICAN CABERNETS & BLENDS
                                                                                                     Barolo, Massolino, Piedmont, 2004 (truffles and delicate earth; wonderfully fine) 105.
Loring Wine Company, Rosella’s Vineyard, CA, 2008 (Ripe and ready stuff from big Bri)          75.                                                                                                        Cab-merlot-cab franc, Girard, ‘Artistry', Napa, 2007 (they just renamed goodness)      48.
                                                                                                     Barolo, Massolino, Vigna Rionda, 2001 (The way Barolo should be, big time. 3 B)         159.         Stonestreet, Alexander Mountain Estate, 2005 (I love Cali Cab when it’s like this)     60.
Arcadian, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, SLH, CA, 2005 (legend of Sleepy Hollow)                      80.
Arcadian, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, SLH, CA, 2006 (Joe Davis is cool. He likes Burgundy)         80.   Barolo, Bartolo Mascarello, 2001 (Bartolo did things the old way; power and class)      160.         Hawkes, Alexander Valley, 2004 (Young Jake is doing his family proud; great food cab) 64.
Merry Edwards, Sonoma Coast, CA, 2007 (the cult of Merry; big but balanced)                    85.   Barolo, GiuseppeMascarello, ‘Monprivato’, 2003 (400 yr old vineyard; otherworldly) 160.              Branham, Napa, 2006 (shhh… this wine drinks like it costs $150)                        65.
Radio-Coteau, ‘la Neblina’, Sonoma Coast, CA, 2007 (by Eric Sussman; long and good)            99.   Barolo, Gaja, ‘Conteisa’, 2001 (GAJA? TWO THOUSAND ONE? Come on.)                       220.         Sineann, Baby Poux Vineyard, Washington, 2007 (Peter Rosback’s gift to the glass)      68.
Brewer-Clifton, Clos Pepe Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills, CA, 2007 (Pommard clone beauty)         110.   Carema,Ferrando,Black Label, 2004 (delicate, ethereal and deep nebbiolo; special stuff) 120.         Proprietary blend, Larkmead, ‘Firebelle’ 2006 (big velvet; drinking great now)         76.
MAGNUM (1.5 liter) Red Car, ‘Amour Fou’, Sonoma Coast, 2006 (let’s have a good time)          212.   Barbaresco, Poderi Elia, ‘Serracapelli’, 2005 (straight up delicious; jump on it)        82.         Sequum, Four Soil Melange, Napa, 2004 (Skinner’s soils)                                90.
                                                                                                     Barbaresco,MarchesediGresy,GaiunMartinenga,2001(balanced;greatyearforGaiun)150.                      DR II, Napa, 2005 (wow. DR Stephens wondrous second project.)                          98.
                    PINOT NOIR of EUROPE                                                                                                                                                                  Anderson’s Conn Valley, reserve, Napa, 2006 (RP 96; reminiscent of top-tier Napa) 115.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fisher Vineyards, Coach Insignia, Napa, CA, 2005 (great folks make great wine)        120.
Pinot Noir, Roncier, Burgundy, NV (unheard of price point for pinot from Burgundy) 19.               Cannonau, Argiolas, ‘Costera’, Sardinia, Italy, 2007 (good length & made for food)             34.
Pinot Nero, J. Hofstätter, Alto-Adige, Italy, 2008 (well-made and very, very pretty)       36.                                                                                                            Diamond Terrace, Howell Mountain, Napa, 2005 (big and opulent)                        130.
                                                                                                     corvina, etc. L’Arco, Rosso, Italy, 2004 (Burgundy befriended Valpolicella)                    36.   Seavey, St. Helena, Napa, CA, 2005 (just wondrous in this vintage)                    145.
Pinot Noir, Les Crêtes, ‘Vigne la Tour’, Vallée d’Aoste, Italy, 2005 (N. Italian stunner)  42.       lagrein, J. Hofstätter, Alto-Adige, Italy 2006 (espresso and dark berries; awesome)            39.   Hartwell, Estate, Stag’s Leap, Napa, 2005 (nuanced gem)                               150.
Bourgogne, Joseph Roty, ‘Pressonnier’, France, 2006 (another great Gevrey Bourgogne) 48.             Taurasi, Vinosia, Campania, Italy, 2004 (awesome Aglianico to set you free)                    44.   Carter, Beckstoffer-To Kalon, Napa, 2006 (this is badass wine)                        175.
Hautes Cotes-de-Nuits, Mongeard-Mugneret, Burgundy, 2007 (Oh yes. Merci Vincent) 50.                 refosco, Scarbolo, Friuli, Italy, 2005 (big, rustic, and delicious--good wine by a good man) 54.     Kobalt, Napa, 2004 (succulent, dense inky fruit)                                      199.
Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru, Dom Pavelot, ‘La Dominode’, Burg., 1998 (the gettin’s good) 54.          merlot, Scarbolo, ‘Campo Del Viotto’, 2006 (best wine by Valter, one of our fav people) 59.          Robert Foley, Claret, Napa, 2005 (graceful giant)                                     175.
Pinot Nero, Movia, Brda, Slovenia, 2003 (Ales Kristancic finding gold in them Brda hills) 64.        nero d’avola, COS, ‘Nero di Lupo’, Sicily, 2007 (most elegant nero d’avola you’ll ever have) 40.     Peter Michael, ‘les Pavots’, Calistoga, 2006 (amazing wine from a Knight)             275.
Chassagne- Montrachet, Paul Jouard, Vielles Vignes, Burg., 2006 (muscles on muscles) 67.             nero d’avola- frappato, COS, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Sicily, 2007 (resurrecting the ancients) 48.     MAGNUM (1.5 liter), Schrader, ‘Double Diamond: Mayacamas’, Napa, 2004 (call a friend) 145.
Gevrey-Chambertin, Domaine Harmond Geoffroy, Burg., 2006 (dark, serious berries) 80.                 nero d’avola- frappato, COS, PITHOS, Sicily, 2006 (river of flavor; made in Amphora!) 72.            MAGNUM (1.5 liter), Long Shadows, Pirouette, Columbia Valley, WA 2004 (big sleek) 200.
Beaune 1er Cru, Domaine Parent, ‘Les Epenottes’, Burg. 2002 (well-built & developed) 85.             sangiovese blend, SanFelice, ‘Perolla Rosso’, Maremma, 2007 (a lot of wine for not a lot of $) 24.
Corton Grand Cru, Thibeault Liger-Belair, ‘Les Renardes’, Burgundy, 2006 (a knockout) 90.
Aloxe-Corton, Dubreuil-Fontaine, ‘Les Vercots’, Burgundy 2005 (southern beauty)            99.
                                                                                                     sangiovesegrosso,RossodiMontalcino,Talenti,Tuscany,2007(drinkinggreat;BrunelloJr.) 44.
                                                                                                     sangiovese,Montevertine,‘PiandelCiampolo’,Tuscany,2007(AwwManetti!Clearasabell) 46.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               SYRAHS: USA, Australia, then France
Nuits-St-Georges, Chauvenet-Chopin, ‘Les Chaignots’, Burgundy, 2004 (I love this wine) 101.          sangiovese, Chianti Classico Riserva, Felsina, Tuscany, 2006 (one of my all-time faves) 48.          shiraz, The Lackey, South Australia, 2007 (like a perfect Shiraz pass up the middle)          32.
Nuits-St-Georges, J.F. Mugnier, ‘Clos de Marechal’, Burgundy, 2005 (JF rocks the pinot) 150.         sangiovese, etc., La Mozza, ‘Aragone’, Tuscany, 2006 (Joe B’s beast bound w/ syrah)            72.   syrah-mour-gren, Terre Rouge, ‘Tete-a-Tete’, Sierra Foothills, CA, 2005 (Terre Rouge gets it) 32.
Gevrey Chambertin, Denis Mortet, ‘Mes Cinq Terroirs’, 2004 (rip Denis--deep and wide) 150.           Brunello di Montalcino, La Serena, Tuscany, 2004 (oh wow this is just delicious)               90.   syrah, Qupé, Bien Nacido Vineyard, CA 2006 (Bob Lundquist’s homage to St. Joseph)             48.
Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru, Jacques Cacheux, ‘La Croix Rameau’ 2005 (the finer things) 165.               Brunello di Montalcino, CiacciPiccolominid’Aragona, ‘Pianrosso’ 2004 (dense but classy) 95.          syrah, Red Car, ‘the Fight’, Round 3, Santa, Maria, CA, 2004 (R.I.P. Mark Estrin)          100.
Richebourg, Domaine de la Romanee Conti, Burgundy, 2001 (we bow to DRC)                   550.       MAGNUM, Brunello di Montalcino, Il Poggione, Tuscany,2003(awholelot ofmagnificence)180.              syrah-gren-mour, Saxum, Heartstone Vineyard, Paso Robles, 2006 (N. Rhone-inspired) 110.
                                                                                                     sangiovese, Montevertine, ‘Le Pergole Torte’, Tuscany, 2004 (tour de force! in Italian) 150.         syrah-mour-gren, Saxum, Bone Rock, Paso Robles, 2006 (a feat for Justin Smith; RP 96+) 126.
                                         SPAIN                                                       corvina-cab-cab franc, Quintarelli, ‘Primofiore’, Veneto, 2005 (first press goodness)          80.   shiraz, Elderton, ‘Command’, Barossa Valley, 2004 (command and conquer; 98 RP) 125.
                                                                                                     valpolicella, Quintarelli,‘RossoCa’delMerlo’,Veneto,1999(Amarone’sgodfather;classiclength)120.       Syrah/Cabernet, Chateau Miraval, Cotes de Provence, 2005 (it’s fun to drink)                  44.
garnacha, Evodia, Spain, 2007 (yummy old vines; think Las Rocas)                            20.
                                                                                                     Amarone, L’Arco, Veneto, 2003 (artisanal Amarone that goes & goes; one of my fav wines) 135.         St. Joseph, Bernard Faurie, N. Rhone, 2004 (deep old-style syrah; violets and game)           65.
garnachablend,CluaDomenech,‘TerradePedres’,Catalunya,2007(refreshingstyle;loveit) 28.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cote Rotie, Rene Rostaing, N.Rhone 2006 (smells like classy purple dirt)                      90.
monastrell blend, Castaño, ‘Solanera’ 2005 (great character for the $--old vine fruit!) 28.
Tinto di Toro, Almirez, Teso La Monja, 2007 (new project from the folks who did Numanthia) 48.                                             MERLOT                                                         Hermitage, Marc Sorrel, ‘Le Greal’, N. Rhone 2000 (Aimez Hermitage! Aimez M. Sorrel!) 120.
Toro, Bodegas Maurodos, ‘San Roman’, 2003 (memories of Madrid; wonderful big wine) 79.               Gournier, Costieres des Nimes, France, 2005 (unbeatable quality to price ratio)               18.    Costieres de Nîmes, Mas Carlot, Rhone, 2007 (a lot of rich Grenache & Syrah for the $)        28.
Priorato, Parmi, ‘L’Infant’, 2006 (man this is good; wine of great focus and length)        65.      Robert Sinskey, Carneros, Napa, 2005 (all organic; good friend)                               40.    Cotes du Rhone, Saint Cosme, Rhone, 2008 (mean, long, and food-friendly)                      32.
Priorato, Coster del Siurana, ‘Miserere’, 2004 (beastly carignan)                          110.      Scarbolo, ‘Campo Del Viotto’, 2006 (the best wine by Valter, one of our favorite people)      59.    Gigondas, Domiane Saint-Damien, ‘Les Souteyrades’, 2006 (deep with great length)              48.
Priorato, Partida Bellvisos, Gratallops, 2003 (Martinet & Mogador in one; only 1000 btls!) 125.                                                                                                           Bandol, Domaine de Terrebrune, Provence, 2004 (dark & wild smells of the countryside) 48.
Rioja, Muga, ‘Torre Muga’, 2004 (layers of mammoth tempranillo, graciano and mazuela) 130.                               all banks of BORDEAUX                                                            Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine Lafond, Roc-Epine, 2007 (pretty, pretty Grenache)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Olivier Hillaire, 2007 (full-on good)
          ZINFANDEL, PETITE SIRAH, ETC.                                                              Chateau Tour Bayard, Montagne-St. Emilion, 2005 (strong contender)
                                                                                                     Chateau Puynormond, Montagne-St. Emilion, 2005, (dense Bordeaux luxury for a song) 54.
                                                                                                                                                                                              36.         Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Pierre Usseglio, 2007 (Wow, they were right about 2007)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Mas de Boislauzon, 2007 (Brooding and beastly)
Turley, ‘Juveniles’, CA 2008 (Turley’s young vines, made nice and right)                       44.   Chateau Gloria, St. Julien, 2005 (Up and coming estate made in a brooding style)         82.         Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Bosquet des Papes, 2007 (I love this wine. Classic CDP.)                 74.
Ridge, ‘Geyserville’, CA 2007 (Paul Draper is a Zin God)                                       56.   Chateau Meyney, St. Estephe, 2005 (Nicely built; juicy, rich, and wild)                  85.         Chateauneuf-du-Pape,ChristopheMestre,‘CuveedesSommeliers’,2003(elegant,classy,bang-on)74.
petite sirah, Scholium Project, Babylon, Tenbrink Vineyards, CA, 2004 (crazy good)            120.   Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac 2003 (OOF. Parker says: '95!') 200.         Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Le Vieux Donjon, 2006 (new heftier styling)                              95.
petite sirah, Scholium Project, Babylon, Tenbrink Vineyards, CA, 2005 (whack)                 120.                                                                                                        mour-syrah-cab, Dom de la Grange des Pères, VdP de l’Hérault, 2004 (Languedoc’s best) 125.
                     THINGS THAT SPARKLE                                                                            CHARDONNAY of BURGUNDY                                                                                         MANY OTHER WHITES
Cava, Conde de Subirats, Spain, Brut NV (crisp, lean, clean and frothy)                32.            Bourgogne, Jean-Marc Brocard, ‘Kimmeridgian’ 2008 (clean complexity)                   36.            viognier, Le Paradou, Rhone Valley, France, 2008 (clean mineral style)                    26.
Blanquette de Limoux, Domaine Rosier, France, 2007 (a great, pure bubbly)              38.            Bourgogne, Paul Jouard, 2004 (drinks like a lengthy 1er cru)                           50.            roussane/viognier/marsanne,DomaineAlary,‘Fontd’Estevanas’,Cairanne,Rhone,2008(Oh!) 39.
HALF BOTTLE champagne, Duval Leroy, brut, NV                                           27.            St. Veran, Trenel & Fils, 2007 (straight-up classic Mâconnais)                         36.            rousanne, grenache blanc, Cuvee du Vatican, CdP, Rhone, 2007 (fat and round and wondrous) 90.
Champagne, Heidsieck Monopole, 'blue top', brut, NV (the bargainista of champagne) 50.                Chablis, Coulaudin-Bussy, Vielles Vignes, 2006 (Round pretty candied minerals)         49.            Condrieu, Andre Perret, ‘Chery’, France, 2005 (this wine has wings)                      120.
Champagne, Claude Genet, blanc de blanc, Grand Cru, NV (same grapes as all the greats) 69.            HALF BOTTLE, Chablis 1er Cru, Jean Collet & Fils, ‘Les Vaillons’ 2006 (Oh man.)        28.
Champagne, Pierre Gimonnet, Cuvee Gastronome, brut, 2004 (great food matcher)          88.            St. Aubin 1er Cru, Guy Amiot, ‘En Remilly’, 2002 (from a great vintage & aging nicely) 52.            Riesling,Darting,DurkheimerNunnengarten,Pfalz,Germany,2007(1ltofpurity!GREATVALUE) 35.
Champagne, Billecart-Salmon, rosé, France, NV, (complex beyond belief; true bliss)    125.            Pouilly-Fuisse, Elizabeth Hugary, Vielles Vignes, 2006 (another success for the Mrs.) 58.             Riesling,EmrichSchönleber,MonzingerKabinett,Nahe,Germ.,2004(Emrich’sourhoneybear)36.
Champagne,PierrePeters,CuveeSpeciale,‘Chetillons’2000(rich,refined&zippyattheend) 150.                Auxey-Duresses, Jean-Phillipe Fichet, 2007 (great big sexy blockbuster of an Auxey) 65.               Riesling, Hexamer, Kabinett, Meddersheimer Rheingrafenberg, Germany 2006 (piercing) 36.
Champagne, Louis Roederer, ‘Cristal’, France, 2000, (yes…that Cristal)                350.            St. Aubin 1er Cru, Marc Colin, ‘En Remilly’, 2005 (beautiful wine; we love Aubin)      82.            Riesling, Selbach-Oster, Zeltinger-Schlossberg, Spätlese 1 Star, Germany, 2004 (awemazing.) 50.
                                                                                                      Meursault, Vincent Girardin, ‘Les Narvaux’, 2006 (like big fat angels singing)         95.            Riesling, Albert Boxler, Alsace, France, 2006 (The heart doth swell)                        56.
                                           ROSE                                                       Meursault 1er Cru, Jean-Michel Gaunoux, ‘Gouttes d’Or’ 2005 (velvet gold)             130.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            BizkaikoTxakolina,BodegaBerroia,Spain2008(High-tonedBasquepartywineofthesummer) 36.2
rosé, ChateaudeLancyre, Pic St. Loup, Languedoc, 2009 (spicy, herbaceous summer treat) 32.
rosé, Bruno Clair, Marsannay, Burgundy, France, 2007 (of the world’s great rosés; pretty pinot) 40.       SAUVIGNON BLANC & CHENIN BLANC                                                                    Verdicchio, Marchetti, Marche, Italy, 2008 (awesome small-production; old skool)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Roero Arneis, Vietti, Piedmont, Italy, 2008 (Such fun.)
              CHARDONNAY of the USA, etc                                                              Zantho, Burgenland, Austria, 2008 (light pebbles and fruit; refreshing and delicious)
                                                                                                      Domaine du Salvard, Cheverny, France, 2008 (Loire delight; like Sancerre+Chablis)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Vermentino, Clos Teddi, Patrimonio, Corsica, France 2008 (silky dancing island pears)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bianco, Giuseppe Quintarelli, ‘Secco Ca’ del Merlo’, Veneto, Italy, 2006 (a very rare find)
Scarbolo, Friuli, Italy, 2007 (a little mineral, a little candy; great with food)             32.     Sancerre, Roger Neveu, ‘Clos des Bouffants’, Sancerre, Loire, 2007 (lovely…)                    44.
Windsor-Sonoma, RRV, CA, 2008 (just right juice from our friends at Girard)                   40.     Sancerre, Alphonse Mellot, ‘La Moussiere’, Sancerre, Loire, 2007 (Mellot’s stuff is incredible) 65.   Pinot Gris, Benton Lane, Oregon, 2008 (light, crisp, quenching minerals)                          28.
Stuhlmuller, Estate Chardonnay, Alexander Valley, CA, 2008 (so good…full and layered.) 48.            Sancerre, Edmond Vatan, Loire, 2008 (astonishingly pure & rich--arguably the best Sancerre) 89.       Pinot Gris, Eyrie, Oregon, 2007 (the original American Gris; wonderful rich nose)                 36.
Palmaz, Napa Valley, CA, 2007 (Aromas of ripe pear, tropical fruits)                          59.     Graves blanc, Smith Haut Lafitte, Bordeaux, France, 2004 (behold the glories of age) 79.1             Pinot Grigio, Borgo M, Veneto, Italy, 2008 (good acidity and tasty minerals; stylin’)             32.
Ramey, Russian River Valley, CA, 2007 (majestic great deal; less buttery/oaky than you think) 62.     The Crossings, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2009 (exactly what you want from NZ)                   36.   Pinot Grigio, Livio Felluga, Collio, Friuli, Italy, 2008 (Livio’s a hero. Taste a grown-up PG)    46.
Brewer-Clifton,MtCarmelVineyard,SantaRitaHills,2007(Greg&Steve’sAsianpearexplosion)95.                Craggy Range, Te Muna Rd.Vineyard, Martinborough, NZ, 2008 (goodness with shellfish) 40.
Peter Michael, ‘les Carrieres’, Napa, CA, 2007 (Sir Peter to us…)                           120.      HALF BOTTLE Merry Edwards, RRV, CA, 2008 (best SB in CA? 96 pts!)                               41.   Gewurztraminer,theScholiumProject,‘Riquewihr’,CA,2008 500MLBTL(madmanofwine) 70.
Kistler, McCrea Vineyard, Sonoma, CA, 2006 (big fruit with mineral spine)                   125.                                                                                                            HALF BOTTLE Pinot Blanc, Robert Sinskey, CA, 2008 (pretty wine from our friend Bob) 26.
                                                                                                      chenin blanc, Huet, Clos du Bourg, Vouvray, Loire, France, 2007 (the 2007 CB are beautious) 44.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gruner Veltliner, Berger, Austria, 2008 (balanced fruit and spice--one liter)                     28.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gruner Veltliner, Hugl, Austria, 2008 (a whole liter of crispy happiness)                         32.


       You may have noticed that spring is here. It’s nice out. Get some sun.                         2. When it gets just a little hotter and we enter that stretch of early summer,                       3. Here’s to the little guys. There’s this new boutique importer out of Se-
Drink a little white wine.                                                                            and the humidity comes barreling in, and none of us have yet adjusted--it’s                           attle called Small Vineyards, and they’ve set out to scour the Mediterra-
                                                                                                      time to drink Bodega Berroia ($36). Part of a family of Basque wines called                           nean countryside and come up with the best little wines from the best little
1. This wine is drinking so good it’s not even funny. White Bordeaux ages very,                       Txakoli, it is super dry and crisp, and has a great light effervescence (in fact                      wineries. One of their discoveries is the wine of Maurizio Marchetti ($32),
very well, especially from good producers in great vintages, and in 2004 Smith                        they pour it from height to get the bubbles to come out). It’s super refresh-                         whose Verdicchio is a complex little son of a gun at a great little price. Made
Haut Lafite ($79) made a real champ. The Sauvignon Blanc in it gives you fresh-                       ing. The Basque have strange ways of dealing with things (hats, bombing),                             from free run juice (in other words not pressing the grapes but just letting
ness and minerality, while the aging Semillon shows loads of spring flowers and                       but for the heat they get a little more civilized. They use a glass of this.                          gravity do its work), the juice is particularly rich and unctuous. The result-
secondary notes of honey and candied apricots. Step into the season in style.                                                                                                                               ing wine has both clarity and muscle, and it’s a gigantic pleasure to drink.


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