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Villaviva rose answers call of spring

The wine shows nice balance between the fruit and acidity and has a charming element of dryness that leads to a fine, dry, fruit finish, but is utterly soft and pleasant through the end.

Early warm weather calls for versatile wine

Occasion: Well, as things go these days, winter turned to spring before we even got through February, so this is a superb little pinot noir that can pair with anything you throw at it. As I have extolled on any number of occasions, pinot noir is the most versatile red wine that you could possibly hope to encounter in the wine world. It is a lighter-bodied style of wine that matches a wider range of foods than, say, cabernet sauvignon and sangiovese. This is also available at a ridiculous price point.

Wine of the Week: Domaine Laroque

DaVinci Chianti is a very firm ruby-red color with a semi-opaque crimson core, going out into a bright vermillion to light garnet rim definition and has medium-high viscosity.