“We’re like a big orphanage,” Dr. Kent Rosenblum said. “We love all our kids.” Rosenblum’s “kids,” as it turns out, are zinfandels, 26 different bottlings of the grape most closely associated with California. When this veterinarian founded Rosenblum Cellars in 1978, he began with two zinfandels — one from Napa, one from Sonoma. Soon there were four, then 12, and they kept multiplying. As the number grew, so did his technique. No longer simply blending zinfandels from a county and labeling them with that county’s name, Rosenblum began to purchase grapes from some of California’s best zinfandel vineyards and to put the name of the vineyard in which the grapes were grown on the label.
“I believe we do more vineyard designated wines than any winery in the world,” he said.
I recently tasted six of his 26 zinfandels, and he has every reason to be proud of his “kids.” There is nothing shy about these wines; they announce themselves with power and fruit and upfront taste. At the same time, they are beautifully balanced, well-structured wines. Prices quoted are suggested retail in California.
Richard Sauret Vineyards Zinfandel 2005, Paso Robles ($25) has an intense aroma that is rich in berry and cherry fruits, and a forceful, full-flavored taste with a whiff of pepper that entices the senses.
Annette’s Reserve Zinfandel 2004, Redwood Valley, Mendocino County ($35), made from old vines, is even more forceful. Deeply textured and aromatic, it is an outstanding zinfandel.
Harris Kratka Vineyard Zinfandel 2004, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County ($35) is a lively, assertive wine, with undertones of vanilla and raspberry, satiny in body, long in its aftertaste.
Snows Lake Vineyard 2004, Lake County ($35) is intense and robust; all cherries, berries and spice.
Lyons Reserve 2004, Napa Valley ($45) is still more intense and powerful; a remarkable, massive wine that announces itself with 16.2 percent alcohol.
Monte Rosso Vineyard Reserve 2005, Sonoma County ($45), from 100-year-old vines, manages to combine power with richness, elegance and amazing balance. “Each vineyard has a different character,” Rosenblum said. “That’s why we search California for the best, the most interesting.”
And each has an individual story to tell, an individual taste to remember.
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Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Starting in November, guests at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru enjoy new all-pool water villas that offer twice as much outside space as indoor space. The villa expansions bring outdoor space to nearly 2,000 square feet across multiple “zones,” including sun decks, social spots, over-water hammocks, al fresco showers and dining areas. A 40-foot pool extends into the lagoon; nearby, a shaded, ocean-side living and dining pavilion offers unparalleled views.