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With the James Bond movie Spectre being released today, no time could be better to drink Bollinger. The most suave spy in the world has been sipping on Bollinger since Moonraker in 1979. While we can’t all drive a fully loaded, customized machine gun having Aston Martin, we certainly can chill down a bottle of Bolli! The 2004 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne ($109) is as good as Champagne gets; all barrel fermented and full of masculine, Pinot Noir power and high class elegance. We even have a few bottles of the limited 2009 Bollinger "James Bond 007" Brut Champagne ($195) in stock for the diehard fan of Bond & Champagne!

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Pink & Bean Tag Team on California Rosé

Martin and Shaun here to team up on the wine for summer, dry rosé. We have plenty of great rosé from right here in California, and there’s no better time than the present to start bringing yours home. 2005 Vinum “It’s OKAY” Rosé, Napa ($8.99) Wow what a color! This rosé of cabernet has a bright ruby red robe that absolutely shines, and a wonderful dry frais du bois nose that promises richness. Not to fail on the palate, a dry burst of strawberry cherry and raspberry fruit makes the mouth water. And you’ll be doing a good deed by purchasing this one; a portion of the profits will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a cause we can all support. What have you got Martin? Shaun, I’m glad you asked. I myself came around last year to the surprising pleasures of elegant rosés, and my first pick is 2004 Miner Family Rosato ($14.99), a wonderully balanced rosé made with 100% sangiovese grapes from very chill Mendecino County. This producer is sometimes known for weighty, full-bodied, richly textured wines but this is rosé is all about finesse and refreshment. A perfect drinker or a lunch-time sipper. Mmm, I’m getting hungry, Shaun. Going to my kitchen to take a look. Take over for a second. Will do, Martin. Everyone loves Bonny Doon, the eccentric winery of Santa Cruz Mountains, and the 2005 Bonny Doon “Vin Gris de Cigare” California Rosé ($9.99) is a perennial favorite. Provencal varietals comprise most of the grapes here, and the dry spicy fruit on the palate mingles with olfactory resonances of Provencal fields of sweet herbs. Fun, exciting, mouthwatering and esoteric rosé that is hard to resist. Who needs dinner? Grab an ice bucket and some hors d’oeuvres and head for the back yard for a mini vacation any day of the week. What’s next on your list Martin? Well, Shaun, a wise man once said, “If you like pink, the world is your playground.” More or less, I think that’s what he said. Anyway, that was the case when I tasted the 2004 Red Car “Think Pink” Rosé ($14.99). A Rhone varietal menage, this pleasurable elixir shows up wearing nothing but a lovely ruby grapefruit hue, and opens into juicy Bing cherry, fresh strawberry, and hints of exotic, tropical wonders. Have this with seared ahi or grilled butter-sage chicken with fresh vegetables. Okay Shaun, let me cool off, back to you. Let’s see, the 2005 Elizabeth Spencer Sonoma Coast Rosé ($15.99) is a rich and bright rosé of syrah to keep up the Southern French motif. The soft watermelon color belies the powerful palate of strawberries and blueberries mingled with Provencal flowers and zingy acidity. Rich enough for dinner, and shows a nice long finish. What are we going to finish with Martin? The 2005 Soter “North Valley” Rosé ($19.99) from the same man who’s brought us Etude all these years, is a thing of beauty. Equal parts whimsical charm and refined elegance, this pinot noir-based (what else?) stunner from Oregon stopped me dead in my tracks. Rocking with almost any food, Soter commands your attention the way few rosés can. Take this one to any party, picnic, BBQ, you name it, and show it off to anyone who’s ready to laugh at rosé for being “unsophisticated” because this baby’ll laugh right back. A real winner. Until next June, this is Pink & Bean, purveyors of fine “Off-reds” for your drinking pleasure, signing off. Enjoy! —Shaun Green and Martin Reyes

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