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Wine Of the Week: Curveball

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  • Publish Date: Aug 24, 2010

Wine of the Week
A ripe red for when it's just one of those days.

It's been a great summer for Major League Baseball pitchers.
There have been two perfect games (out of 20 total in history),
three no-hitters and several near-misses. But then there was
this near-miss, in which a fan let a foul ball hit his girlfriend:

As baseball teaches us, when life sends a curveball your way, you have to meet it head on. And that's what winemaker Paul Hoffman tries to do. His Curveball Spinning Red represents the best of all the nuances the growing season throws at him.

The 2006 edition--a blend of 78% Zin, 12% Petite Sirah and 10% Cabernet--delivers a surprisingly powerful mix of red and black fruit flavors, juicy acidity and firm tannins. The fact that a $20 Napa wine can taste this good is reason alone for it to be our Wine of the Week. But it's also probably a nice treat when you feel you've been caught off guard and want to hide away at home, having a glass or two in peace. We can certainly think of one fan in Houston who feels that way. You can buy Curveball here, but if you have another wine you like to drink after a rough patch of luck, tell us about it below.

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