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Marin winery

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 at 12:15 pm in Uncategorized.

If you haven’t tried the Pey-Marin label out of Marin county, you really should. Wines in Marin, you ask? Yes, why not? They make wine in Beirut, people. Marin is sandwiched between Sonoma, Napa and the Santa Cruz Mountains. It’s got ocean, it’s got fog, it’s got fairly warm winters, all making for a long, balanced growing season and surprisingly fine structure. They’re not big nor hot-hot-hot with alcohol.

If you like world class Burgundian Pinot Noir or dry Reislings, try Pey-Marin’s 2005 Reisling. It’s very dry and citrusy. And the $20 will go a long way. Their 2004 Pinot hails from multiple vineyards and is quite earthy and delicious: $36. Merlot lovers should try the couple’s (that would be Jonathan and Catherine Pey’s) other label, Mount Tamalpais. The 2004 Merlot has sweet tannins and won’t remind you of anything from California.

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