Domaine Laguille Gros Manseng demi sec 2011
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General Wine Geekery #3

This is the third installment of my weekly piece in the Portland Daily Sun: General Wine Geekery.  This week I address Valentines day.

Valentines Day is about a week away and I know that a many people will be looking for the right wine to make the evening a little more special. To save you all some trouble here's my number 1 pick for Valentines Day, my fail safe sure to be awesome pick: whatever you really like! Think of the best bottle of wine that you had in the past year, preferably something that you shared with your significant other. That way you get a wine that you know you like and it will have that positive association from the last time you shared it.

Terres Blanches Crop

That's kind of a cop out the on my part, though. I'm supposed to be an Expert Wine Geek so here's what wine I'm personally going to have for Valentines. Terres Blanches Sparkling Cabernet Franc. It's a full on red Cabernet Franc that's bubbly! Not only that, it's biodynamically farmed, made by a young couple in the middle of nowhere in the Loire valley, and it's absolutely delicious. It's very smooth, well balanced, has lovely fresh berry fruit up front, tiny soft bubbles, and no: it's not sweet. The Terres Blanches is a lot of fun and since it's a light bubbly red it goes with most foods from salad, to salmon, lamb or pork.


I went over and visited the farm and young couple that make it last spring; they're very humble passionate people living out there dream. If that's not romantic I don't know what is. The wine is about 20 dollars retail.

Ned Swain is a professional advocate for excitement and fun of the vinous variety  More info is available at


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