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Russian River Valley Uncorked: Balletto 2011 RRV Rose' of Pinot Noir

A matter of perspective; “Sometimes I can't tell if you're teaching someone how to dance or just really inefficiently learning how to count” ~ Elan Gale 
After a long day on the wine-trail, my wife and one of her close friends decided it was time to grab a bite. We agreed on a long-time favorite in Santa Rosa, known as Syrah. Whenever I dine out, I typically bring a bottle of my own wine from home or something I've just scored on a jaunt through wine country, like my last trip to Napa and Sonoma. Most restaurants have a policy of waiving "corkage" if you order a bottle from the menu. In those situations; I typically go for rosé, a bottle of wine which usually goes fantastically well with appetizers.

When looking over the wine-list in search of rosé, typically I gravitate to those produced from Tavel, California Pinot Noir, or a Côtes de Provence style. In this case, ordering the Balletto 2011 Rose, I was able to get the latter two in one bottle (twofer). The wine…

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