The Vine (October 2009)

2008 Valley of the Moon Chardonnay

The 2008 Valley of the Moon Unoaked Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley brims with vibrant green apple, kiwi, lemon and nectarine aromas. Green apple, lemon and kiwi also dominate the fresh flavors, and the wine has a hint of steeliness in the background. This Chardonnay is bright on the palate and stays focused through the long, crisp finish. It works well as an aperitif or paired with seafood, spicy Asian dishes and cream-based pastas dishes. Only 1,500 cases were produced.

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2007 Kenwood Vineyards Red Table Wine

Because Kenwood Red Table Wine is not a varietal wine, it could use a variety of grapes to develop its flavors and aromas; fruit-forward Zinfandel and Petite Sirah are the primary components, while small amounts of Syrah, Pinot Noir and Merlot complete the blend. The wine has fresh berry aromas accented by spice, bay laurel and vanilla. Medium-bodied blackberry and raspberry flavors mix with white pepper and mint.

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Karma Single Serve Sparkling Wine

Karma California Brut, a single-serve sparkling wine, is designed to be enjoyed directly from the bottle. The special glass the sparkling wine is served in keeps the drink cooler for longer. It offers a twist-off cap, and each bottle contains 1.5 glasses of sparkling wine. Karma can be enjoyed as itself or by creating Bellinis right in the bottle by pouring in orange juice, peach puree and even fresh raspberries.

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