The Daily Sip's Wine Of The Week

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Coup d'Etat, a wine that stands for progressive change.

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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