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I had big plans for this bottle of wine. While Mickey Werner at Alpine Wine & Spirits recommended serving a glass alongside fresh oysters, I have a highly unpleasant allergy to the little mollusks. Instead, I envisioned a pasta dish overflowing with plump shrimp. Maybe, I thought, Id even light some candles and eat at the dinner table with my boyfriend. You know quality time. Then life got in the way. I ended up sipping a glass while eating a couple of leftover salmon cakes at 9 p.m. Not quite the scene Id pictured, but it worked. This is a nice fresh, clean wine with definite mineral characteristics, which complemented the fish well. Its a real classic muscadet, one that I would definitely recommend pairing with food. Muscadet is produced in the western end of the Loire Valley in France a temperate, coastal climate. Its a dry white wine made solely from Melon de Bourgogne grapes, which date back to the 17th century. One thing that attracted me to this particular muscadet from Guy Bossard one of the top producers of the varietal is its status as a biodynamic wine. With organic being all the rage the past few years, what exactly is biodynamic?It looks at the whole vineyard. … its a little bit more than organic, its a whole philosophy about growing the grape from start to finish, Werner said. Indeed. Much like organic farming, biodynamic farming skips the synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. They take it one step further in that a biodynamic farm is managed as a living organism, a philosophy that dates back to the 1920s and Dr. Rudolf Steiner. Steiner, a noted scientist and philosopher, preached that farms should be self-contained and self sustaining, free of unnatural additions. While I like the philosophy, I couldnt tell you if biodynamic grape growing actually makes for better tasting wine or not, but I certainly enjoyed this bottle.You can find this wine at Alpine Wine & Spirits in West Vail, Eagle Ranch Wine & Spirits and Riverwalk Wine & Spirits in Edwards.Caramie Schnell, High Life Editor

With bottles of Bordeaux from 2005 commanding high prices, its a bit of a coup to find a bottle thats affordable. The Chateau de Terrefort Lescalle may not knock your socks off, but its a good introduction to an exceptional vintage from one of the worlds most renowned wine-producing regions.Theres a fair amount of fruit in this claret, but its not at all ostentatious. Medium bodied, it has some understated earth tones that didnt fully emerge until it was decanted for hours. Theres no doubt its a pretty refined Bordeaux, but it doesnt reach the heights of some pricier bottles.Even so, its pretty drinkable, and 2005 was a good year for Bordeaux. Its likely a bottle like this will be a good investment to cellar for a few more years, after which time the tannins will have mellowed and the full body of a decent Bordeaux has come to bear.Exploring the world of Bordeaux can be an expensive proposition, but plenty of wines from that banner year of 2005 are available at a reasonable price nowadays. The Terrefort Lescalle is not a great Bordeaux, and its charms may elude many a palate. But at this price, its not a bad bottle to try if youre of a mind to give a storied French red a try after all those Washington Pinots and Napa Cabs.This wine is available at Alpine Wine & Spirits in West Vail.Alex Miller, Summit Daily editor

Look again at the name of this beer. It sounds like something the local bakery would whip up along with the mornings cinnamon rolls. But this beer works, and works well. Track Town comes to us from Eugene, Ore., home of the states biggest university and a storied college track team that was organized in 1895. Eugene City Brewery is even older, dating back to 1866, with a handful of asterisks to denote ownership changes and the fact that these days Rogue Ales apparently handles the business of brewing at the place.The bottom line, though, is that whether youve just run a 5K, or had a morning wrestling the leaf blower on one of our remaining warm weekend days, youre going to find this a great way to cut the thirst of work.Track Town is, at its heart, a very good wheat beer, with a light, if slightly cloudy color, a finely-bubbled, lacy head and a glass full of almost delicate taste.If youre suspicious of beer with any sort of fruit in the name, youre in good company its hard to get that whiff of fruit into beer without overpowering the grain. And too many American craft brewers use fruit as a way to show off Look! Weve put huckleberries into our brown ale! with mixed results, at best. Track Town pulls off the trick very well.Were almost out of wheat beer season, but for those of you who want a beer after some warm-weather work, on or off the cindered oval, this is a good choice.This beer is available at Avon Liquors.Scott N. Miller, Daily Staff Writer


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