A Wine for All Seasons

    Oenophiles seeking a new wine experience may do well to sample the seasonal offerings of the Meadowood Vintners Collection. Members receive four bottles of Napa Valley red wines in each of the four seasons. The wines—not available in stores—arrive in a wooden crate, accompanied by tasting notes from Gilles de Chambure, Meadowood’s director of wine education. The winter offerings are a 2005 V Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon (St. Helena); a 2005 Aprile Super Oakville Blend; a 2005 Continuum red wine (Oakville); and, tentatively, a 2004 Ristow Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville). The fall sample contained a 2004 Quixote Petit Syrah; a 2005 Calafia (a Meritage blend); a 2004 AZS Cabernet Sauvignon; and a 2003 V red table wine from Viader. The Vintners Collection, launched by Meadowood last spring, runs $450 per quarterly shipment, plus shipping and handling. (800.458.8080, www.meadowoodvintnerscollection.com)

    —Debra Ryono

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