Spin the bottle: uncorking the wines and wineries that are going after your rose dollar.
Homosexuality and the grapevine have collaborated fruitfully for over 2,500 years (Sappho's father and brother were prosperous wine merchants). Today, as industry stalwarts appeal to the rainbow demographic through advertising campaigns and contibutions to gay causes, a crate load of gay, and lesbian winemakers have planted roots in some of the world s finest appellations. There s never been a better time to take offfor a wine tasting Noun 1. wine tasting - a gathering of people to taste and compare different wines
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1 WallaWalla, Wash., Bergevin LaneVineyards Partners Annette Bergevin and Amber Lane joined with Annette's father to open their winery in spring 2003.
* The Bottle: BLV's reds--including a remarkable value, the 2003 Calico red blend ($16)--are butch (bursting with intense fruit and tannins tannins,
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Slang Exhibiting stereotypical or exaggerated feminine traits. Used especially of lesbians and gay men.
1. Slang One who is femme.
2. Informal A woman or girl. (silken as a negligee).
* The Tour: Pair wines with artisanal local cheeses in a converted downtown warehouse with wood beams, brick walls, slate floors, and a fireplace. Call 509-526-4300.
2 Hahndorf, South Australia Hahndorf is a small town about 30 minutes drive out of Adelaide, South Australia along the Princes Highway. The town was settled by Lutheran migrants largely from in and around a small village then named "Kay" in Prussia. The town is named after Danish Captain Dirk Meinhertz Hahn. , Hahndorf Hill Vineyards LarryJacobs started one of South Africa's cult wineries, Mulderbosch, before emigrating in 1996 to Australia with "the other important m in mylife," Marc Dobson. The couple began renovating this picturesque Adelaide Hills The Adelaide Hills are part of the Mount Lofty Ranges, east of the city of Adelaide in the state of South Australia. It is unofficially centred around the largest town in the area, Mount Barker, which has a population of around nine and a half thousand people and which is also one property in 2000.
* The Bottle: The unusual rose (AU$17 with tax), a blend of two rare German cultivars (Trollinger and Lemberger), is bone-dry and goes well with spicy cuisine or seafood.
* The Tour: Their homey, historic wine cellar--residence resembles a contemporary library with a cask, cleverly converted into a tasting bar with cushy cush·y
adj. cush·i·er, cush·i·est Informal
Making few demands; comfortable: a cushy job.
[Origin unknown. leather sofas and boldly colored artworks and furnishings. Call 011-08-8388-7512.
3 Portland, Ore., Hip Chicks Do Wine In 1999, Laurie Lewis Laurie Lewis (born September 28, 1950 in Long Beach, California), is an American bluegrass musician. In the mid-1970s, she cofounded the Good Ol' Persons, an all-female bluegrass band with Kathy Kallick. and Renee Neely estabfished a microwinery that captures their fun-loving, funky sensibility.
* The Bottle: Titillating tit·il·late
v. tit·il·lat·ed, tit·il·lat·ing, tit·il·lates
1. To stimulate by touching lightly; tickle.
2. To excite (another) pleasurably, superficially or erotically. titles (Riot Girl ros6, Bad Girl blanc) and lascivious las·civ·i·ous
1. Given to or expressing lust; lecherous.
2. Exciting sexual desires; salacious.
[Middle English, from Late Latin lasc labels recall 1940s B-movie posters, but the Willamette Valley The Willamette Valley (pronounced [wɪˈlæ.mɪt], with the accent on the second syllable) is the region in northwest Oregon in the United States that surrounds the Willamette River as it proceeds northward from its pinot noir ($20) is their one serious wine.
* The Tour: The tasting room is located in a restored warehouse with a rock garden in Portland's industrial district, which is teeming teem 1
v. teemed, teem·ing, teems
1. To be full of things; abound or swarm: A drop of water teems with microorganisms.
2. with hip galleries (local artists also exhibit at the winery) and nightspots. Call 503-753-6374.
4 Reims, France, Piper-Heidsieck Straight-run but hardly straitlaced, this classic yet cutting-edge champagne maker (founded in 1785) is worth toasting. It's the official champagne of Gay Pride Paris and the East Coast Gay Rugby Invitational.
* The Bottle: The fabulously fetishistic bottle for the special cuv& dressed by Jean Paul Gaultier ($100) features the designer s gold-embossed signature and Picassoesque sketch adorning a provocative crimson vinyl black-laced corset corset, article of dress designed to support or modify the figure. Greek and Roman women sometimes wrapped broad bands about the body. In the Middle Ages a short, close-fitting, laced outer bodice or waist was worn. By the 16th cent. .
* The Tour: Take a ride on automatic trolleys to explore storage caves built two millennia ago by the Romans, then sip bubbly in the ravishing rav·ish·ing
Extremely attractive; entrancing.
ravish·ing·ly adv. salons (often booked for commitment ceremonies). Call 011-33-03-2684-4344.
5 Vineburg, Calif., Gundlach Bundschu Winery Though not queer-run, this sixth-generation-owned winery in Sonoma. County is notable for its maverick, marketing, bold techmques, and respected out winemaker Linda Trotta.
* The Bottle: "Gundy Bundy's" balanced, elegant single-estate 2003 Rhinefarm Vineyard ($24) features crisp acidity and layered notes of white peach, smoke, and lemon rind.
* The Tour: The 19th-century winery's enchanting grounds often hosts picnickers at Shakespeare productions, concerts, and fdm screenings. Call 707-938-5277.
6 Healdsburg, Calif., Passalacqua Winery Winemaker Margaret Davenport left industry giant Clos du Bois after 16 years so she could spend more time with her partner and their adopted daughter. Jason and Noelle Passalacqua immediately hiredher for their boutique facility.
* The Bottle: Just released 2004 wines include the meaty Russian River zinfandel ($26), the Sonoma County Blend zinfandel ($25), and the stylish sauvignon blanc ($16). Of special note is the dense yet supple 2002 cabernet sauvignon ($40).
* The Tour: The Sonoma County winery boasts a romantic redwood-shaded deck, gardens, and tasting room flail of 1930s photos of former family vineyards. Call 877-825-5547.
7 Sonoma County, Calif., Sebastiani Winery After two decades of weathering Sebastiani family feuds ("think Falcon Crest minus makeup ) and his own melodrama (failed marriage, codependency counseling, painful coming-out), winemaker Mark Lyon is finally being "discovered."
* The Bottle: The 2001 Cherryblock cabernet sauvignon ($225 for 1.5 liters) compares favorably to cult cabernets triple the price, while the 2003 pinot noir Sonoma Coast ($17) is one of the grape's few truly fine affordable expressions.
* The Tour: Sebastiani's exquisite groin-vaulted stone winery dates from the fin de si&le. They host art exhibits, wine seminars, concerts, and more. Cal/800-888-5532.
8 Te Awanga, New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland. , Kim Crawford Wines
Auckland's queer community has always embraced this het-owned brand s quality, value, and support of queer causes.
* The Bottle: Founders Kim and Erica Crawford created the wittily un-EC, rosd called Pansy! ($17), "a fruity little number," to thank gay mates in Auckland's hospitality industry who " provide a refuge ... with style, substance, and a rare fabulousness.
* The Tour: The striking postmodem barn visitors center houses a fully equipped apartment with sweeping views of vineyards in the Hawke's Bay wine country. Call 011-64-6875-0553.