This Wine is For Sports Fans

Los Alisos Syrah
Santa Barbara

Producer: Los Alisos Winery
Importer: n/a
Year: 2007
Price: $22.99

Blueberries. Light and tangy. No legs. Big smells. This wine is for sports fans. It softens the blow of a primetime spectacle when the latest superstar sells out. With glass in one hand and remote control in the other, all you can do is sit and watch as greatness dissipates and a newer, harder version of success reveals itself. As the disappointment fades, this wine reminds you that not everything is powered by corporate sponsors, not everyone gives up on their hometown, and not all hope is franchised.

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This Wine is For Toasting

Sanguis “The Optimist” Syrah
Santa Maria Valley

Producer: Sanguis
Importer: n/a
Year: 2005
Price: $59.99

As this syrah’s name would unsubtly allude, she is a happy girl, a delightfully drinkable wine – bold, sweet and spicy. She is a toasting wine. Retreating to the deck to enjoy autumn’s swan song of outdoor splendor, chic dinner outfits bundled beneath cozy sweaters, the Optimist takes in the scene, settling comfortably in a decanter beside the bride. Deep breaths of cool air, anxious fingers drumming on empty glasses, and eyes meeting… A silent joint decision is made – not the first for these two – and hands brush each other in a race for the wine. Lavish servings are poured, soft words exchanged, and again, the sound of glasses clinking. The sharing of happy memories and laughter. A couple’s self-serenade in the early hours of the 366th day of marriage.