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DANIEL: ROSES AND MORE FOR THE HOT WEATHER TO COME
by: Laurie Daniel, Special to the Mercury News
Most of us know someone who insists that he or she will drink only red wine. But there are days when a big, heavy red simply won't do. One option is Beaujolais, which is traditionally served slightly chilled. From California, a good choice is the 2006 J. Lohr "Wildflower" ValdiguiÃ© ($8.50). If you've never heard of valdiguiÃ©, that's not surprising. For years, California wineries called it "Napa gamay" or "gamay beaujolais" on their labels, even though DNA fingerprinting showed that the grape wasn't gamay at all. In France, valdiguiÃ© is now just a minor variety in Languedoc and Provence, but the Lohr wine shows that it can be made into an exuberantly fruity red with more than a passing resemblance to Beaujolais. It offers bright, slightly candied cherry and blackberry flavors. A touch of residual sugar softens the finish. Give it a quick chill before serving.