Last week I was invited to pour at a wine tasting event sponsored by Vinum Wine & Spirits Importing & Distributing.


A healthy turnout of buyers for upscale restaurants, wine bars, and retailers had the pleasure of tasting dozens of stateside and european labels. Their remarks sounded something like this:

Smooth and round
Delicate citrus acidity
Beautiful energy on the palate
Long mineral finish
Lingers impressively against lively acidity and a refined texture
An earthy aroma
Brings richness and texture to the mid-palate


Much like a book’s jacket, the label (of what turned out to be my favorite) is the first thing that grabs my attention. ABRACADABRA — Brian Carter Cellars, Columbia Valley, Washington State—is a blend of 11 (eleven!) red varietals aged in quality oak barrels. If this were a dog it would be a mongrel; a Heinz 57. As a wine, it has an unbeatable pedigree!

The back label has an equally engaging description:


What type of magic do you enjoy?

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