The Daily Sip's Wine Of The Week

Staff Writer
Coup d'Etat, a wine that stands for progressive change.
The Daily Sip's Wine Of The Week

After 17 days of protests, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's rule remains unsteady. Also, in the past few weeks, Lebanon's government has collapsed in ruin; then Tunisia's was toppled by a popular uprising; Jordan's government was fired and replaced; and Yemen's leaders appear poised to pack their bags as well.

Some of these upheavals — though pregnant with uncertainty — do hint at better times ahead for the people of those lands. If you're like us — concerned, yet able to do little more than acknowledge the current political climate from afar — we have just the bottle for you: Coup d'Etat from Washington.

While the wine — made by vintner Andrew Rich — is named merely for going against the grain of the wine varieties and styles typical of the Columbia Valley (it's a Southern Rhône-style blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah), there doesn't seem to be a more appropriate time to sip a wine that stands for progressive change in some way, shape, or form. So Coup d'Etat is our Wine of the Week.

This lovely red blend has a ripe strawberry nose with a hint of other candied berries. It's medium bodied, with a good amount of spice — and it tingles the palate with a slightly herbaceous undertone. It's perfect to sip on its own...or while watching MSNBC.

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