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Red-Blooded American Reds

Red-Blooded American Reds

Whether you’re a fan of Shakespearean tragedies, histories of the Roman Empire, video war games, MMA, the Viking TV series, or the current presidential debates, you know that March is the month where blood flows like red wine. Whether you are celebrating your favorite tragedy or hard-won victory, pour yourself a glass of hearty red wine from an array of recent releases by some of our best American wineries. And if they seem a bit more crimson than usual, it may be because you’ve accidentally bitten your tongue in cheek.

McBride Sisters “Truvée” Central Coast Red Blend 2013 ($14)

A nice bonbon of a wine with ripe, rounded, but not heavy flavors of blueberry with some chocolate and earthy notes.

Tom Gore California Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 ($14)

Basic cab — fruity and juicy — with brûlée oak-barrel notes.

Four Vines “Biker” Paso Robles Zinfandel 2914 ($20)

A little on the woody side, but big, bright, ripe fruit.

Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Pinot Noir 2014 ($24)

Certainly a pinot in the modern California style — big and cherry fruity with some rooty sassafras flavors.

Roessler “Black Pine” Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014 ($26)

Sweet fruit flavors, mainly ripe red cherries, with some tanginess in the finish. Nice, but borders on being “hot.”

Holman Ranch Carmel Valley Pinot Noir 2011 ($34)

Best as a sipping wine with bright, juicy cherries, moderate acidity, and red vermouth notes.

Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($37)

With great flavors, texture, and structure, the wine has lean elderberry and tart blackberry flavors, with some hints of red vermouth and defining bitters at the edges.

Albatross Ridge “Cuvée Vivienne” Carmel Valley Pinot Noir ($40)

A light, “warm,” generous pinot with earthy, savory flavors blended with sassafras and cola notes.

Leviathan California Red Wine 2012 ($48)

A quite nice big and burly wine — concentrated purple fruits with bitters at the edges, tart tannins, and some earthiness.

Black Ankle “Crumbling Rock” Red Wine 2010 ($52)

A beautiful East Coast wine from Frederick, Maryland, that reminds us of a premium Bordeaux from St-Éstephe, big but well-structured with lean fruit and some balsamic notes from relatively high (14.3 percent) alcohol.

Three Sticks “Durrell” Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2013 ($60)

A big wine, but not a tannic one — rounded, ripe cherry flavors with a lot of barrel notes intermingled.

Three Sticks “Gap’s Crown” Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2013 ($67)

Firm with good texture, lean, some tannins and lots of dark cherry fruit, rooty flavors, and hints of red vermouth — a big wine.

Flora Springs “Trilogy” Napa Valley Red Wine 2013 ($80)

An excellent, complex wine still blossoming in the bottle — rich, concentrated, lots of stuffing, big but smooth with dark fruits, chocolate, chewy tannins.

Robert Mondavi “ToKalon” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2012 ($128)

Very smooth and elegant, but with a firm texture and lots of fine tannins for aging. It also has plenty of stuffing that, as the wine ages, will add complexity to its dark cherry, blackberries, and light chocolate flavors that now dominate. Delicious.


Can Pop Rocks Kill You?

Some unlikely things are true: onions are toxic to dogs, rice paper contains no rice whatsoever and there are as many chickens on the planet as humans. Now consider Pop Rocks: that mysterious candy of your childhood you were kind of afraid of but still felt compelled to down by the packet. Every red-blooded American kid heard the rumor that if you ate too many, they’d kill you. Or if you ate a bunch, then drank soda, they’d kill you. Can we answer this question once and for all? Can Pop Rocks kill you?

Yeah, but you’d have to mix them with heroin and inject too much. Short of that fun treat, no manner of consuming Pop Rocks will result in death. Pressurized carbon dioxide, the secret ingredient that makes something fizzy, is present in Pop Rocks at about 1/10th the strength of your average carbonated beverage. Or 1/20th the strength if you rock a SodaSteam like we do.


Can Pop Rocks Kill You?

Some unlikely things are true: onions are toxic to dogs, rice paper contains no rice whatsoever and there are as many chickens on the planet as humans. Now consider Pop Rocks: that mysterious candy of your childhood you were kind of afraid of but still felt compelled to down by the packet. Every red-blooded American kid heard the rumor that if you ate too many, they’d kill you. Or if you ate a bunch, then drank soda, they’d kill you. Can we answer this question once and for all? Can Pop Rocks kill you?

Yeah, but you’d have to mix them with heroin and inject too much. Short of that fun treat, no manner of consuming Pop Rocks will result in death. Pressurized carbon dioxide, the secret ingredient that makes something fizzy, is present in Pop Rocks at about 1/10th the strength of your average carbonated beverage. Or 1/20th the strength if you rock a SodaSteam like we do.


Can Pop Rocks Kill You?

Some unlikely things are true: onions are toxic to dogs, rice paper contains no rice whatsoever and there are as many chickens on the planet as humans. Now consider Pop Rocks: that mysterious candy of your childhood you were kind of afraid of but still felt compelled to down by the packet. Every red-blooded American kid heard the rumor that if you ate too many, they’d kill you. Or if you ate a bunch, then drank soda, they’d kill you. Can we answer this question once and for all? Can Pop Rocks kill you?

Yeah, but you’d have to mix them with heroin and inject too much. Short of that fun treat, no manner of consuming Pop Rocks will result in death. Pressurized carbon dioxide, the secret ingredient that makes something fizzy, is present in Pop Rocks at about 1/10th the strength of your average carbonated beverage. Or 1/20th the strength if you rock a SodaSteam like we do.


Can Pop Rocks Kill You?

Some unlikely things are true: onions are toxic to dogs, rice paper contains no rice whatsoever and there are as many chickens on the planet as humans. Now consider Pop Rocks: that mysterious candy of your childhood you were kind of afraid of but still felt compelled to down by the packet. Every red-blooded American kid heard the rumor that if you ate too many, they’d kill you. Or if you ate a bunch, then drank soda, they’d kill you. Can we answer this question once and for all? Can Pop Rocks kill you?

Yeah, but you’d have to mix them with heroin and inject too much. Short of that fun treat, no manner of consuming Pop Rocks will result in death. Pressurized carbon dioxide, the secret ingredient that makes something fizzy, is present in Pop Rocks at about 1/10th the strength of your average carbonated beverage. Or 1/20th the strength if you rock a SodaSteam like we do.


Can Pop Rocks Kill You?

Some unlikely things are true: onions are toxic to dogs, rice paper contains no rice whatsoever and there are as many chickens on the planet as humans. Now consider Pop Rocks: that mysterious candy of your childhood you were kind of afraid of but still felt compelled to down by the packet. Every red-blooded American kid heard the rumor that if you ate too many, they’d kill you. Or if you ate a bunch, then drank soda, they’d kill you. Can we answer this question once and for all? Can Pop Rocks kill you?

Yeah, but you’d have to mix them with heroin and inject too much. Short of that fun treat, no manner of consuming Pop Rocks will result in death. Pressurized carbon dioxide, the secret ingredient that makes something fizzy, is present in Pop Rocks at about 1/10th the strength of your average carbonated beverage. Or 1/20th the strength if you rock a SodaSteam like we do.


Can Pop Rocks Kill You?

Some unlikely things are true: onions are toxic to dogs, rice paper contains no rice whatsoever and there are as many chickens on the planet as humans. Now consider Pop Rocks: that mysterious candy of your childhood you were kind of afraid of but still felt compelled to down by the packet. Every red-blooded American kid heard the rumor that if you ate too many, they’d kill you. Or if you ate a bunch, then drank soda, they’d kill you. Can we answer this question once and for all? Can Pop Rocks kill you?

Yeah, but you’d have to mix them with heroin and inject too much. Short of that fun treat, no manner of consuming Pop Rocks will result in death. Pressurized carbon dioxide, the secret ingredient that makes something fizzy, is present in Pop Rocks at about 1/10th the strength of your average carbonated beverage. Or 1/20th the strength if you rock a SodaSteam like we do.


Can Pop Rocks Kill You?

Some unlikely things are true: onions are toxic to dogs, rice paper contains no rice whatsoever and there are as many chickens on the planet as humans. Now consider Pop Rocks: that mysterious candy of your childhood you were kind of afraid of but still felt compelled to down by the packet. Every red-blooded American kid heard the rumor that if you ate too many, they’d kill you. Or if you ate a bunch, then drank soda, they’d kill you. Can we answer this question once and for all? Can Pop Rocks kill you?

Yeah, but you’d have to mix them with heroin and inject too much. Short of that fun treat, no manner of consuming Pop Rocks will result in death. Pressurized carbon dioxide, the secret ingredient that makes something fizzy, is present in Pop Rocks at about 1/10th the strength of your average carbonated beverage. Or 1/20th the strength if you rock a SodaSteam like we do.


Can Pop Rocks Kill You?

Some unlikely things are true: onions are toxic to dogs, rice paper contains no rice whatsoever and there are as many chickens on the planet as humans. Now consider Pop Rocks: that mysterious candy of your childhood you were kind of afraid of but still felt compelled to down by the packet. Every red-blooded American kid heard the rumor that if you ate too many, they’d kill you. Or if you ate a bunch, then drank soda, they’d kill you. Can we answer this question once and for all? Can Pop Rocks kill you?

Yeah, but you’d have to mix them with heroin and inject too much. Short of that fun treat, no manner of consuming Pop Rocks will result in death. Pressurized carbon dioxide, the secret ingredient that makes something fizzy, is present in Pop Rocks at about 1/10th the strength of your average carbonated beverage. Or 1/20th the strength if you rock a SodaSteam like we do.


Can Pop Rocks Kill You?

Some unlikely things are true: onions are toxic to dogs, rice paper contains no rice whatsoever and there are as many chickens on the planet as humans. Now consider Pop Rocks: that mysterious candy of your childhood you were kind of afraid of but still felt compelled to down by the packet. Every red-blooded American kid heard the rumor that if you ate too many, they’d kill you. Or if you ate a bunch, then drank soda, they’d kill you. Can we answer this question once and for all? Can Pop Rocks kill you?

Yeah, but you’d have to mix them with heroin and inject too much. Short of that fun treat, no manner of consuming Pop Rocks will result in death. Pressurized carbon dioxide, the secret ingredient that makes something fizzy, is present in Pop Rocks at about 1/10th the strength of your average carbonated beverage. Or 1/20th the strength if you rock a SodaSteam like we do.


Can Pop Rocks Kill You?

Some unlikely things are true: onions are toxic to dogs, rice paper contains no rice whatsoever and there are as many chickens on the planet as humans. Now consider Pop Rocks: that mysterious candy of your childhood you were kind of afraid of but still felt compelled to down by the packet. Every red-blooded American kid heard the rumor that if you ate too many, they’d kill you. Or if you ate a bunch, then drank soda, they’d kill you. Can we answer this question once and for all? Can Pop Rocks kill you?

Yeah, but you’d have to mix them with heroin and inject too much. Short of that fun treat, no manner of consuming Pop Rocks will result in death. Pressurized carbon dioxide, the secret ingredient that makes something fizzy, is present in Pop Rocks at about 1/10th the strength of your average carbonated beverage. Or 1/20th the strength if you rock a SodaSteam like we do.


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