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Cave Cellars Syrah

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Cave Cellars Syrah2009
Happy Canyon
Santa Barbara County

You’d know this was a Syrah at the first sip. Very classic: rich, full, smooth and meaty. And so pretty! Garnet-hued with a gemlike clarity and nice, strong legs. Heady scent of allspice and cherries. Faint raspberry and plum flavors give way to leather and a lingering cardamon finish.

Delicious from the get go, but really improved over time: a few hours of breathing (yes, somehow I managed to control myself…and kept Hubbs’s greedy palate at bay, too) mellowed out that spicy/peppery edge and transformed the brashness to a smooth elegance.

Snap Dragon Riesling

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A cheerful little wine from the happiest place on Earth!

So Hubs and I took the wolflings to Disneyland recently, and decided to explore California Adventure. Partly because we had never spent much time there on previous trips (Pirates of the Caribbean vs. Bug’s Life–no brainer) and largely because it’s the park that serves alcohol. Oh, California!

After an ill-advised late start and numerous temper tantrums courtesy of Infant Terrible #1, we were desperate for a drink, which is how we found ourselves at Golden Vine Cellar. We *were* at a theme park, so expectations weren’t high. However, there was shade…table service…and a sizable wine list. As long as there was something better than Boone’s Farm, Dean and I agreed we’d be content.

We were pleasantly surprised by our knowledgeable waiter and this fruity charmer he recommended. Now, interested readers should take note that this “dry” Riesling is still pretty sweet; much sweeter than I’d expect even from an off-dry wine. But it was perfect for a hot September day, with its sunny yellow color and flowery melon bouquet. A mouthful of apples is tempered by honey notes, and a hint of grapefruit keeps it from being cloying. The honeysuckle finish lingers forever. I relished every sip.