Wine 18

Grenache Rose from Yesteryear?

Sharuf | Jun 26, 201201:00 PM

The first wine I ever tasted was half a century ago as a college girl, back when almost no one was trying to be a connoisseur. It was Almaden grenache rose, our standard picnic and date wine, and it tasted just fine to me.

A frequent date format was this: Late in the afternoon, the guy would pick up some Chinese takeout (including everyone's favorites -- fried shrimp and egg rolls) and the couple would head up to Skyline Boulevard, above what is now Silicon Valley in the Bay Area. There they would find a nice grassy slope looking out at the ocean, spread out a blanket and eat and drink while watching the sun go down.

I've had a fond place in my heart for that wine ever since, but I think Almaden stopped making it eons ago.

Can anyone suggest an equivalent?

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