Wine of the Week

Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

The experience: A great introduction to the region that the movie "Sideways" made famous. Sourced from several vineyards, this hearty red perennially offers up spicy red fruit, a rich, earthy mouthfeel and a clean, balanced finish.

The setting: Roast chicken or other fowl is the perfect accompaniment, but this robust red would play well with burgers, lightly spiced Mexican dishes and grilled Vidalia onions.

The back story: Au Bon Climat, by the winery's definition, is French for "well-exposed vineyard."

The tab: $25, available at Solo Vino, South Lyndale, Northfield municipal and the Kenwood restaurant.

Bill Ward