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Vail Daily Wine Review: Peche Lambic is underwhelming

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Brouwerij Lindemans Peche Lambic, $9.98 per 750-milliliter bottleBrouwerij Lindemans’ Peche Lambic is a big tease.There are several reasons why this is the case, but mostly, the problems have to do with the high expectations I built up before internalizing the Belgian-made beer.But how could I keep my expectations low? The Peche came heavily guarded with both a cork and a bottle cap, securely ensconced inside a thick bottle sporting a dressy label and a gold-foil top hat. And when I popped said cork, a beautiful, peachy aroma filled the room, reminiscent of the sour, fruity bouquets I’ve been enjoying in some sour Brett beers recently. The lambic was nice to look at, too – effervescent and bubbly with a deep, golden hue and a big, lacy head.Almost enough to make one propose on the spot, right? Yes, if only the flavor lived up to the grand presentation. The bold, sour snap that comes with the aforementioned Brett beers is absent here. What’s more, it only kind of tastes like beer, and I don’t know about you, but I really like the taste of beer. The Peche is overly mild – it has only a slight sour edge and really tastes more like apple juice or peach soda than beer. It’s a pleasant, sweet, bordering-on-syrupy piece of work, but it’s not nearly bold or funky enough for my hop-hungry, easily-bored palate.That being said, it’s worth a try, and sharing this baby over brunch would be sublime – it’s a lot more interesting than a mimosa but surprisingly not that far off in flavor. If you’re at brunch with your in-laws, though, don’t expect it to take the edge off – at 4 percent ABV, it just barely edges out near-beer for intoxication potential. (You’ll only want to share it because it’s too sweet to drink very much of – unless your in-laws are really annoying. Then it might be worth the sacrifice.)Lindemans Peche is good, it’s fine, and I’m glad I’ve tried it, but I’m underwhelmed, and if drinking big beers has made my palate less sensitive to lighter, more subtle flavors that may or may not be present in this lambic, well, that’s my cross to bear. I’d drink this again, but not for a while. Now, I could really use a double IPA.You can find this beer at Alpine Wine & Spirits in Vail, Avon Liquors and Village Warehouse Wines in Avon (in stock by the end of the week).-Aaron Butzen, Daily CorrespondentFranciscan Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2006, $28.99Like this vintner’s Merlot reviewed in this space a few months back, Franciscan’s Cabernet Sauvignon is a winner for how nicely it departs from the expected. This is a drier Cab than we’re used to sipping, and a welcome change it is. Deep, smooth and complex, there’s black currant, dark cherry and touches of tobacco and mocha in the flavor, all of which combine to give it plenty of structure without a lot of sugar. No doubt the inclusion of 12 percent Merlot (and some touches of Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Malbec) have something to do with this Cab’s departure from the beaten path, and if a little blending is what it takes, so be it.Give this bottle 45 minutes after pulling the cork and you’ll have a highly fruity wine to enjoy that’s not at all cloying or jammy. It’s got such a nice mouth-feel and finish that I’d be willing to put this on the short list of “good wine for company or to bring to boss’s house for dinner.” At $27, this may not be an every day drinker for most, but after two very nice experiences with this winery, I’m willing to say bottles from Franciscan are worth it.This wine is available at Alpine Wine & Spirits in Vail, Avon Liquors, Beaver Liquors in Avon, Riverwalk Wine & Spirits, Village Warehouse Wines (in stock by the end of the week) and West Vail Liquor Mart.- Alex Miller, Summit Daily Editor Pacific Rim Dry Riesling, 2007, $9.99-$12.99When I was in college and attended my first dinner party with a group of friends, I was lectured on the fine qualities of Riesling. We all feigned sophistication by sucking down the sweet variety under the guise that since it was a white wine, it was classier than a box of white zin. “Pink wine” was for the kids’ table, and we were much too grown up for that. Realistically, when you are in college and drinking a whole bottle in a sitting, it truly doesn’t matter whether the wine is red or white or pink or awful, but I digress.I’ve since discovered the magic of a good rose and have graduated from the candied Kool-Aid flavor of cheap, sweet Riesling to the crisp, tangy notes of the dry variety. With its clean, flowery aroma and ability to pair with a broad range of foods, Riesling has become my go-to choice for a dry white.I was looking for just such a bottle to enhance a cream sauce recipe recently, and the Pacific Rim Dry Riesling was recommended to me. Of course, I didn’t buy the wine to dump a cup of it into a saucepan and then stare blankly at the rest of the bottle. The best part about cooking with wine, to me, is picking up the subtle flavors in the glass and then deciphering how they blend with the other ingredients in the recipe. In this case, the result was fantastic. The sauce was a base of chicken stock and mushrooms with sour cream, cream cheese, Muenster and Gruyere. The wine gave the sauce body and a hint of fruit to balance the heavier flavors of the cheese. At 12.5 percent alcohol, this wine is pretty low on the oomph scale, so cooking with it gives you all the nice taste profiles without the gritty smack of booze. On its own, the Pacific Rim Riesling is light and refreshing and simply delightful when chilled to nearly its freezing point. In fact, the wine is born in cold fermentation, so it loves a good frost. I threw it in the freezer for a few minutes before pouring it on a hot summer afternoon.This wine can be found at Alpine Wine & Spirits in Vail, Avon Liquors, Eagle Ranch Wine & Spirits, Riverwalk Wine & Spirits and West Vail Liquor Mart.- Krista Driscoll, Daily Staff Writer