Nothing says Spring like Grenache Blanc. And CURRAN’s Grenache Blanc, from Santa Barbara County, is one of California’s best. Something about the warmth and sunniness of the pear, peach, honeysuckle and tangerine oil flavors, with a hint of menthol, that evoke the rebirth and renewal of springtime. The 2014 bottling is a life-affirming white wine, pristinely dry but gregariously fruity. There are no edges to the wine, only curves and contours. Forthright in its insistence to stay positive and inspirational, the lightly sweet wine is the embodiment of Deepak Chopra or Joel Osteen, whatever your preference. This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. So goes the Psalm. And this is, indeed, happy wine. –J.M.
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