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I recently took my third annual trip to Arizona to watch baseball during spring training in March. There’s a good rhythm to our time there. The days are full of sun, baseball, beer and stadium food. At night, we entertain ourselves with movies, board games, big meals and big bottles of wine to match.
It gets pretty cold at night in the desert, but we’re still drawn to sitting around outside snuggled under blankets, telling stories and swapping jokes. Among the wines I brought with me was a bottle of Pursued by Bear Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2006 ($65), a collaboration between actor Kyle MacLachlan and Dunham winery. The wine had all the polish and rich fruit flavors that I like in Washington reds, framed by herbal and mineral touches, with a firm backbone. I gave the wine 92 points, non-blind. We joked that the bear on the bottle could take on the coyotes howling in the distance.
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