Skip Nav
Food Reviews
You'll Want to Buy (Almost) Every New Product From Trader Joe's This April
Food News
9 Things You Never Knew About Whole Foods, Straight From an Insider Employee
Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay's Transformative Way to Scramble Eggs

Wine Review: 2010 Clos Saron Out of the Blue

Happy Hour: 2010 Clos Saron Out of the Blue

Although there were hundreds of wineries at this year's SF Vintners Market, I spent a disproportionate amount of time tasting reds at Clos Saron, a tiny winery located in the Sierra Foothills AVA of Northern California. Owner Gideon Bienstock wouldn't share his favorite bottling with me ("That'd be like choosing a favorite child!" he exclaimed), but I found my top pick anyhow.

It was his 2010 Out of the Blue, a unique blend of Cinsault and Syrah, that won me over. Cinsault is rarely prominent, but Bienstock's Out of the Blue features his Cinsault vines, which are over 130 years old, in a blend with 11 percent Syrah. Although the wine had structure, its light-bodiedness was reminiscent of Cru Beaujolais — but more intensely floral and less fruity. As Bienstock put it, "It's a happy wine." I'm already kicking myself for not having bought a bottle! What are your favorite Sierra Foothill wines?

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
How Do I Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew?
Latin American Beers
How Much Does Jay Z's Champagne Cost?
Easy Homemade Irish Cream Recipe
Jarritos Cocktail Recipes
Tequila Facts
Should You Decant Wine?
How to Get Rid of Wine-Stained Teeth
Best Cheap Bottle of Wine at Walmart
McBride Sisters Winery
From Our Partners
Latest Food
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds