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Senior editor Alison Napjus joined Wine Spectator in 2000. She is the lead taster for Alsace, Beaujolais and Champagne and also tastes wines from regions throughout Italy.
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A Wine to Help Pass a Train Trip

Bieler Père & Fils Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Rosé Sabine 2011

Alison Napjus
Posted: June 13, 2012

For me, one of the joys of train travel is the ability to discreetly BYOB a bottle of something good to enjoy during the journey. That's why I was frustrated to discover that the tasty Languedoc white I had selected for my evening train ride and chilled during the afternoon at work was still sitting on my desk. Luckily, I had some time, and even better luck: Penn Station actually houses a very good wine shop on the ground floor.

I headed downstairs to Penn Wine & Spirits and went right to the refrigerator to look for a comparable bottle. I wasn't surprised that I couldn't find a Picpoul de Pinet to replace the bottle on my desk, but I was very pleased to see the 2011 vintage of one of my go-to rosés, the Bieler Sabine Rosé.

So while New Jersey flew by, I was sipping a balanced rosé, enjoying the creamy texture, juicy acidity and flavors of apricot, watermelon, white cherry and spice. I gave it 88 points, non-blind, and at $14 a bottle, it was a far better deal than my Amtrak ticket!

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William Matarese
Florida, USA —  June 27, 2012 3:07pm ET
Yes, being able to bring along a nice bottle of one's own is surely one of the very few redeeming features of travelling on Amtrak.

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