Wine Not -- Nos Vins Favoris -- April 2018

Each month, Nicole and Travis share a wine pick and pair it with a book. Because great wine deserves great a read...


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1 = spit it out ... to ... 5 = shut the front door, that's good!


Nicole's Pick


Producer:  Viña la Causa

Country:  Chile

Wine Area:  Itata Valley

Grape(s):  País

Year:  2015

Price Range:  $15 - 20 USD

Book Pairing:  House of Spirits by Isabel Allende. Chilean wine, Chilean author, both span decades and tell stories of love, frustration and fate.

Nicole's Notes:  País used to be Chile's most planted grape, but fell out of favor around the 21st century. Several producers are trying to revive this varietal. Travis and I tried a few different producers of País while in Chile and this was by far my favorite. Delicate, but robust. A rugged Pinot Noir.

(Travis: Meh, I appreciate the Chilean winemakers who are trying to bring back a native grape, but the finished product isn't ready for prime time in my opinion.)


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Travis' Pick

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Producer:  McPrice Myers

Country:  USA

Wine Area:  Pasa Robles, Santa Barbara

Grape(s): Syrah

Year: 2013, but any newer vintage should do

Price Range: $20 - 25 USD

Book Pairing:  The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. So many reasons for this pairing! Right Hand Man is part of McPrice Myers' "Blue Collar Series" of value wines, so Steinbeck's classic tale about the Joad family who head west to California to find work as fruit pickers seems a natural fit. Most of the California based portion of the novel is set a few hours from Pasa Robles where these grapes are from. Great wine and great books belong together! 

Travis' Notes:  Hearty and robust. Tastes like it could be more expensive than it is. Nicole and I discovered this wine at the Vangaurd Wine Bar in NYC. After that, it became one of the few wines I've ever ordered and had shipped from out of state. Lots of earthy flavors, leather, and the like. 


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Like this post? Want to read more about Travis and Nicole's travel adventures? Check out Exploring Chile's Casablanca and Colchagua Valley Wine Regions.

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