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Blood In a Glass: True Blood HBO & 2004 Syrah 

It even looks like blood.

I found it when I was eyeing my favorite Rombauer zin but looking for something less expensive to satisfy my fruit-forward craving. Trueblood Syrah is bold, ripe, peppery, alcoholly and cheap. It made my ears tingle. And it is the perfect accompaniment for True Blood on TV, a juicy, funny, sexy, how-far-will-they-go HBO series on Sunday nights. The opening credits are reason enough to tune in.

At about $10 a bottle (can that be right?) I thought it was one of those themed wines that are purchased for the label rather than for what is inside. But this 2004 Napa Syrah was made by serious winemakers. They met in the UC Davis viticulture and enology program and cut their fangs (sorry) at Opus One, Stag's Leap Winery, Cakebread and Quintessa. According to winezone The grapes are grown near San Pablo Bay and hand picked from low yield vines, then aged in french barrels for 13 months.

Trueblood happens to be the last name of one of the winemakers. A name that will get them lots of attention, perhaps not the kind of attention they seek.Their website is temporarily disabled. I wonder if it is a marketing redo or a trademark issue?

 True Blood on TV is produced by Alan Ball of "Six Feet Under" and "American Beauty" fame and based on the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris. The series gets its name from a synthetic blood beverage manufactured in Japan that has allowed vampires to integrate with humans and stand up for their civil rights. Served cold, in beer-like bottles, I have always imagined it to taste like thickened Red Bull. Yuck.

I'd rather sip Trueblood Syrah. Especially on Sunday nights.


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