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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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Just about as close to truly international as a wine can get, this modest table red from the febrile imagination of Bonny Doon's Randall Grahm is made in France from grapes grown in Spain for sale in the United States under a Franco-American name scrawled almost incomprehensibly -- I think it says "Domaine di Blageury" -- on a label bearing a groaner of a pun on "Greenwich Village."

Domaine di Blageury 1996 "Grenache Village" Navarra (Spain) Grenache ($9.99)
Very dark garnet. Spicy, peppery black fruit on the nose and palate. Big, peppery fruit flavor with an intense if one-dimensional grapey quality, full of fruit and tart acidity. Made from Spanish grapes and bottled (unfiltered) in the Languedoc at F1116 Rieux-Minervois. U.S. importer: Bonny Doon Vineyard, Santa Cruz, Calif. (Jan. 4, 1998)

Food match: A natural match with a fat roast hen; fruity enough to go with the white meat, tart enough to stand up to the dark.

All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I purchase all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

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