Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, March 9, 2019

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, March 9, 2019 

TABLE FOR TWO by Peter Dills


Perhaps it’s my age. Or perhaps I’m just developing awareness to the effects of 
alcohol consumption. A recent study published in the University of Berkeley 
Wellness Newsletter said that moderate consumption for an average adult is one 
drink a day for women and two drinks for a man (obviously age and weight play 
a part). You may have heard that a glass of red wine is good for your heart, which 
makes sense since it contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that 
may protect blood vessels, but beer and peanuts have benefits as well as any foods 
derived from plants. I recently covered a story on my radio program promoting 
beer as a preventative cure for Alzheimer’s. Wine drinkers tend to be a bit more 
health conscious than beer drinkers and often consume their wine with meals. 
Recently I came across an article suggesting tequila can help you lose weight. I 
think you see where this is all going.

Rodney Strong Vineyards in Sonoma County has been producing wines since the 
1950’s. I recently purchased a bottle of the 2016 Cabernet for under $20 at my 
local supermarket. Yes there was indeed a Rodney Strong - he made his mark in 
the wine business, but began his career as a dancer (there must be a segue, here 
but I’ll stick to the wine). Finding a cabernet under $20 is easy; finding a good one is something else. I first 
discovered Rodney Strong while staying at a swanky Newport Beach hotel – the wine was the gift they left in 
the room as a welcome present. Not one to shy away from a gift of wine and cheese, I have been a big fan since. 
The wine itself is a bit lighter in color than some other cabs, but the nose and finish are right on target. Some 
of my friends think it needs to sit for a couple of years, but I say at this price point there is no reason to sit on 
it. Open and let it breathe for a half-hour and Rodney is ready. It goes great with a sweet cheddar cheese or a 
roasted chicken or even a bone in rib eye. It’s priced right, and readily available at restaurants and your local 
wine retailer.

Dills Score

Each week I will give you my Dills Score. Starting with a base of 50 points, I have added 7 points for color, 8 
points for aroma or “nose”, 8 points for taste, 8 points for finish, and 8 points for my overall impression, which 
includes my value rating.

Total Score 91 

Retails for $25.00 On Sale around $19 at area markets including Vons/Pavilions

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