Vail Valley wine: Off season doesnt mean you should drink bad wine
VAIL, Colorado The off-season is almost upon us in Vail, Colorado, time to start pinching pennies. This does not mean you should drink crappy, boring wine. Instead, just open your mind and trust in your feelings, Luke. Try the 2004 Domaine de Triennes St. Auguste, a rustic and steely red blend from the south of France. This blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is rich and spicy, with dried black cherry, sage, cedar, dark oak, graphite and a light tannic streak on the finish. The St. Auguste needs food, so drink this with a beef stew, spicy beef and tomato sauce pasta and grilled portobellos. The Syrah in particular adds an earthy, tobacco note, so any grilled meat will work nicely. In 1990, Jacques Seysses, founder of Domaine Dujac, and Aubert de Villaine, co-owner of Domaine Romanee-Conti (now that is a dream tag-team for a winery!) founded Domaine Triennes just east of Marseille. The took an existing, run-down estate and grafted the vines to Cab, Merlot, Syrah, and Viognier. A third friend joined as a partner, and they took the name Triennes to reflect the three friends in the partnership. Also, the Romans who previously occupied the site held the triennia, a festival every three years in honor of Bacchus. Enologist Remy Laugier joined the team in 1997, and the wines have never been better. At $19, the Domaine de Triennes St. Auguste is great now, and will age well for 3 to 5 years. Jarrett Osborn is the wine buyer at Riverwalk Wine & Spirits in Edwards.