This Week's Monday Madness

Alex Guarachi originally came to the US on a soccer scholarship. When an injury ended those dreams, he turned to plan B: the wines of his native Chile. After many years of a successful import business, he teamed up with longtime Paul Hobbs wine maker Alex Gonzalez to create Tenshen, dedicated to Rhone grape varieties filtered through California sunshine.

The name Tenshen is a play on words with a nod to the tension of winemaking: picking at the ultimate moment when the grapes are ripe but not TOO ripe. Their wines are informed by Santa Barbara sunshine, but they aren't dominated by it.

Tenshen White is a blend of Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, and a touch of Chardonnay. It leads off with flavors of tangerine, honeydew melon, and peach. Notes of honeysuckle and toasted hazelnut follow. 5 months in neutral oak adds creamy complexity, but there's plenty of bright acidity on the finish to keep it interesting. It's everything you want on a crisp on autumn evening. And at this price, you might consider stocking up.

Online special available for in-store pickup at your convenience after 12 PM today. Available until Sunday, September 29, or until product runs out.

The Almanac

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Notes From All Over

Autumn in New England
Autumn in New England

The calendars of my Midwestern childhood, handed out by the local bank or grain elevator, depicted scenes that bore little resemblance to the seasons as we knew them in the upper Great Plains. Winter didn't show any howling blizzards. Spring seemed to arrive in March, a month when the prairies were still sullen and shivering. And autumn-well, we had no frame of reference for the autumn scenes depicted in those calendars, aswirl in piles of brilliant leaves. Trees aren't a major feature of the prairie, unless you plant them and then commit to watering them...for about a decade.

Indie Movie Wines
Sinskey Pinot Noir

My daughter was talking about her Entertainment Marketing course, where the instructor was discussing how you make and market a blockbuster (and to be clear, this instructor has done exactly that, many many times over). His advice boiled down to a kind of recipe: X quantity of attractive leads mixed with Y quantity of conflict, Z suspenseful moments, Q amount of contemporary issues, and a plot twist or two to keep you guessing...you get the picture. You've probably seen the picture. I have, and often I'll like that blockbuster well enough.

Turning Back Time
Albums

'Hi, Sam! Could I get a Turkey and Swiss with mustard on rye, please?'
'Yes. Turkey, yes....do you want Swiss or Muenster?'
'Swiss, please.'
'Ok, then. Mustard or mayo?'
'Mustard, Sam.'
'On rye or on a roll?'
'Rye, please.'