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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Three Reasons to Fall in Love with Wine

Words by Jennifer Stein
Words by Autumn Millhouse
Did you know that Johnny Depp had his tattoo Winona Forever changed to Wino Forever? At least that is what is rumored but I love the idea. Not only the idea of a man having his lover’s name tattooed on him but that he embraces his love of wine as a permanent fixture on his hot sexy body.

As comical as it may be, growing to love wine can be as easy as fantasying about Johnny Depp. Give these three easy-to-find, affordable wines a chance and your affection for vino will continue to grow sip by sip.

Mark West Pinot Noir
Mark West claims to the “Pinot for the People” and that sounds just about right. Full bodied, with depth of favors yet not overly fruity. It is a well-balanced wine, just like a well-made cocktail. Produced by Mark West Winery in Sonoma County they use a variety of California Pinot grapes to blend their wines. Think cherry pie, caramel, vanilla and aromatic hints of raspberry and strawberry.

St. Supery Sauvingon Blanc
St. Supery Sauvingon is a light, grapefruit, honeydew melon and honeysuckle flavored wine that reminds me of Summer. 100 % Estate Sauvingon Blanc fruit, it is made for drinking now. Considered a showstopper, I would have to agree and often suggest it as beginning wine for many people looking to develop an affinity for wine. This is one wine that will get you hooked.

Big House Pink
Big House Pink uses a screw cap instead of a traditional cork, and offers both white and red along with the Pink. However, I prefer the pink (known as a blush wine) which is reminds me of watermelon jolly ranchers. Yummy! Sweet but not too sugary this wine is drinkable alone or perfect for spicy dishes and exotic dishes because it balances the meal out well.

For more on Autumn Millhouse and her book Romantic Napa Valley, An Insider’s Guide for Couples, click here.

Autumn Millhouse is an award-winning travel writer who specializes in wine, food and romantic getaways. She is also an international trekker who has wined and dined across the globe from Barcelona to Beijing . A self-proclaimed “hopeless-romantic” and author of Romantic Napa Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples, Autumn also has a bi-monthly column called Love Vines published in Napa Valley Life Magazine. She resides in Napa Valley where she cultivates her wine and food relationships with top chefs, winemakers and a slew of other foodies. Besides, sniffing, swirling and sipping wine daily, Autumn is currently working on her next travel book Romantic Sonoma Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples.

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