Tom: Tonight Melody is having dinner with colleagues and she called to say that she is having a 2004 Francis Ford Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon and that it is delicious. I’m sure she’ll have more to say later. Trigger and I are at home and I’m having a 2005 Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages. After last night’s fruit-filled Little Penguin Shiraz, this Beaujolais is a lesson in old-world restraint. It tastes pleasantly dry and tannic, but not dramatically so like a Cabernet or Bordeaux. It tastes of dark fruit. It is not extremely complex like some of the expensive California Cabernets we’ve been drinking lately. It tastes very good and a bit mild, like a Bordeaux lite. I think of Beaujolais as everyday table wine and this is wonderful in that role. (I think however I would pick Coppola’s Rosso or Jacob’s Creek Cabernet, both even a bit lower in price than this, if I were to be trapped on a desert island with only one everyday red.) I think this Beaujolais is typically about $11 in our grocery story and that we got it on sale for about $9. A very nice return to old-world sensibilities. We should expand our forays into European wine.