A Taster's Journey is a newsletter on food, wine and travel. After 15 years of studying, tasting, teaching, and selling wine, I created this newsletter to not only share my passion about wine, but of food and travel as well. Each month I hope to share wines that I am drinking, food that is in season, restaurants that I have enjoyed, and places I have traveled. Enjoy!"

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Wine Of The Month: Guigal Crozes Hermitage’01 ($18)

September 22nd, 2005

Guigal is one of best and most popular producers in the Rhone Valley. Although most good wines from the Northern Rhone can be quite expensive, this Crozes Hermitage is a very reasonable, yet delicious, wine made with the Syrah grape. I love the wines from the Northern Rhone; they’re spicy, rich, and very food friendly. This wine is a deep red, and layered in flavors. The taste combines the lush fruit of blueberries and blackberries, mixed with leather, pepper and other spices. This well balanced wine is vibrant, lush, and has a long smooth finish. Crozes Hermitage has been one of my house wines for several years, and the 2001 vintage will be perfect for this chilly winter season.

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