Roses are red, violets are blue, wine comes in all forms, from bubbles to ruby hues. Sip on these whimsical wonders as we celebrate April as National Poetry Month.   

Louis Sipp – 2010 Pinot Gris “Nature’S”

Location: Alsace, France
Price: $28
Score: 93 Pts

Enchanting like the storybook villages of Alsace with hints of summer apple, quince, lemon curd and acacia flower sweetly frolicking into your nose. The tale continues on the palate with its round body uplifted with zippy acidity and flavors of candied ginger, tarragon and smoky minerals on the finish. – JA
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Kourtaki – NV Mavrodaphne of Patras

Location: Greece
Price: $12
Score: 90 Pts

Heroic looking with its deep blood color and aromas of black fig, dried blackcurrant, star anise and cardamom. Curvaceous with a refined sweetness and firm tannic structure, the palate is valiantly adorned with notes of red rose, baked rhubarb and a bittersweet chocolate finish.  – JA
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Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche – 2008 Canon-Fronsac

Location: Bordeaux, France
Price: $30
Score: 94 Pts

Sublimely well-integrated at this stage of its life, its inky hue reveals scents of mulberry, black cherry, bay laurel and black pepper. Bold yet supple tannins play well with its youthful acidity and flavors of black plum, violet and a long finish of cinnamon bark. – JA
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Domaine Vincent Paris –   2012 Granit 30 Cornas

Location: Rhone Valley, France
Price: $35
Score: 94 Pts

Strappingly handsome with its deep ruby color and aromas blackberry, rose, tarragon, and smokin’ minerality. Just enough muscle in the body with a sophisticated depth of tannin, notes of black pepper, crushed tobacco and thyme linger on the palate for a perfect ending.   –JA
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Graham Beck – NV Brut Rosé

Location: Western Cape, South Africa
Price: $15
Score: 92 Pts

Flirtatiously pink with elegant perfumes of raspberry, red cherry and granite minerality. Its bubbly personality is expressed with a fine mousse and bright acidity along with brisk flavors of fresh lavender and seashell. Perfect for any season and any setting. – JA
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Bodegas y Vinedos Ilurce – 2013 Rio Madre Graciano

Location: Rioja, Spain
Price: $11
Score: 92 Pts

Like an endearing romance, this bottling of Rioja’s native grape Graciano will sweep you off your feet with alluring scents of dried rose, blackcurrant, clove and earthy minerals.   With its opaque color, opulent tannin and lively acidity, the palate further entices with allspice, nutmeg and a lengthy floral finish. – JA
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