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Senior editor MaryAnn Worobiec has been with Wine Spectator since 1997. She is the lead taster for Australia and New Zealand wines and California Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc and "other" whites.
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A Rich Red to Take Out to the Ball Game

Pursued By Bear Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2006

MaryAnn Worobiec
Posted: April 1, 2010

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.

WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Pursued By Bear Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2006 (91, $65).

• Plus, get scores and tasting notes for more recently rated Washington Cabernets, along with our quick list of Top Values among Washington reds.

Henry Kranzler
West Hartford, CT USA —  April 1, 2010 8:17am ET

How do you travel with wine (presuming you flew to Arizona)?

Maryann Worobiec
Napa, CA —  April 1, 2010 12:02pm ET

In this case, part of my tribe drove out ahead and brought the wine with them in their car. But I've flown with wine before--it has to be checked luggage of course--packed in styrofoam shippers. Never had a problem doing so.

Jim Mason
St. John's —  April 2, 2010 6:59pm ET
Two layers of bubble wrap and packing tape does the trick as well. Just don't overcrowd your suitcase with bottles.
Dennis Mincieli
New York —  April 4, 2010 9:46am ET
How about reporting on Arizona wines. I was recently in Tucson to watch some pre-season baseball myself, and was surprised at the quality of some Arizona red wines (one predominantly tempranillo).
Noble Collins
Payson, Arizona —  April 5, 2010 12:53pm ET
There are some excellent Arizona wines. All the best ones are (like everywhere else) quite pricey. That's O.K. but then there is a pretty sharp drop off in quality after that.
In general, most AZ wines are overpriced compared to other areas. In fairness, this is a fairly new endeavor, and it will take time for costs to level out.
In some instances, excellent wine is being made using grapes from California.

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