The aroma is classic, appealing Grenache Rosé: watermelon, blood orange, strawberry, peppercorn. Taste more of the same, but more constricted and subtle. Acidity and a talc-like savory quality take the lead. Tang, citrus and background red fruits on the finish. Ultimately, this falls into my REAL DRY category. That said, the red fruit flavors peak through more than most real dry ones. (Grenache just wants to be fruity!) This is 100% Grenache from the Lodi appellation (Mokelumne River is a sub-AVA of Lodi, in its southwest corner).

Betwixt is a tiny winery in San Francisco. Owner/Winemaker Tim Telli’s winemaking story is a unique one. He’s from West Sussex England, lived in Brooklyn, then moved to San Francisco. First a wine merchant in the Bay Area, then a “cellar rat” for August West, Roar and A.P. Vin wineries, also located in San Francisco. Check out his site and his other wines here.