This week's edition of our Friday night tasting series featured two wines from one of California's best kept secrets, Kenny Likitprakong. Kenny's Folk Machine Pinot Noir has built quite a following here in the store. With the release of his 2011 Hobo Dry Creek Zinfandel, we think his legend in the store will grow stronger. Peter declared the zinfandel one of the best he's ever tasted. It is, really, quite good.

Kenny's wines provided the backdrop for an evening focused on wines for the holiday week. Since the French fought by our side in the Revolutionary war, we felt it only fitting that they stand aside two classically American wines. We chose the Xavier Frissant Sauvignon de Touraine for its fresh citrus and herbal tone that is distinctly Loire. To contrast Xavier's sauvignon blanc we poured the Alain Paret Condrieu, a wine produced from 100% viognier grown in the small village of Condrieu just south of Cote Rotie.

Here are the tasting notes from the evening.Hope you can join us next week!

2011 Xavier Frissant Sauvignon de Touraine - $16.00 per bottle
100% sauvignon blanc for the Loire Valley, France. Fresh aromas of white flowers and lychee fruit. Lively on the palate with tropical fruit and citrus fruit flavors. Clean and refreshing on the end. A great summertime sipper
2011 Alain Paret "Les Ceps du Nebadon" Condrieu - $60.00 per bottle
100% viognier from the northern Rhone Valley of France. Aromas of apricot and ripened peach, with light floral hints. The wine is mouthcoating and richly textured, with sweet, ripe fruit flavors balanced by a slight spicy note.
2012 Folk Machine Pinot Noir - $23.00 per bottle
100% pinot noir from Central Coast, California. Inviting aromas of ripe cherry and red berry fruit. Rounf, soft flavors of cherry and red berries on the palate. Smooth and very well-rounded, leading to a clean finish.
2011 Hobo Dry Creek Zinfandel - $23.00 per bottle
100% zinfandel fruit from Sonoma, California. Soft aromas of rhubarb and plum and a touch of sage. Soft, juicy plum and dark berry fruit flavors. Dry and persistent on the finish. A lighter, gentler style of zinfandel, and surprisingly low in alcohol. A real treat.