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"Balance" continues to be a hot topic among wine lovers, especially as it applies to pinot noir. The question is a tricky one, because balance is in the eye of the beholder. While I like wines of restraint, with some savory nuances, and consider them to be balanced, you might prefer a wine with more power or one with super-rich fruit.

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Producers of more restrained pinot noirs have achieved enough momentum that they've formed an organization called In Pursuit of Balance. The group was created by Rajat Parr, wine director for the Michael Mina group of restaurants and a vintner in his own right, and Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Vineyards in the Sonoma Coast appellation. The organization holds tastings and seminars in San Francisco and New York, and wineries are selected by a small committee, based on blind tasting. The first event was held in 2011 in San Francisco. Although the original focus was on pinot noir, the group has been expanded to promote balanced chardonnay.

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The organization's "manifesto of balance," which you can read at www.inpursuitofbalance.com , talks about achieving balance in the vineyard and discourages manipulation in the cellar. But there are no hard-and-fast requirements, no checklist.

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ables around the world will be pouring kosher wines produced here in a rich history that dates to biblical times.

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Fine wine can be found in almost every corner of the globe these days, but sourcing a decent, if not exceptional kosher wine, well, that may take some legwork — unless you know where to point your palate.  For a change of pace this year, picking up a little Spanish may be the way to go. Although Spanish wines are often lost in the shuffle to grab the latest Beaujolais from Brouilly, Primitivo from Puglia or Cabernet from California, these Old World wines with a rich history are some of the greatest wine bargains anywhere.

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Drinking the Circle of Life Dr. Moisés Cohen knows his Spanish history well. Until as recently as 1976, Jews had been prohibited from owning land in Spain, going all the way back to the Inquisition. According to Cohen, he became the first Sephardic Jew in half a millennium to buy land in Spain when he purchased a vineyard in 2000. His company, Elvi Wines, in the Priorat region of Catalonia, southwest of Barcelona, produces the prestigious Clos Mesorah label, as well as several other outstanding wines.

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Winemaking and agronomy is in his family’s blood, says Cohen, who holds a Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from the Technion in Haifa. “To develop this vineyard, with its 105-year-old vines, with modern innovations and sensitivity to what has to be done properly, it has been very rewarding,” he says.

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A gorgeous red from Spain made by Mariano Garcia, former cellarmaster at the legendary Vega Sicilia in Ribera del Duero. Ninety percent Tempranillo and 10 percent Syrah, the 2010 Mauro is pure pleasure to drink. On the first sip, this full-bodied red seems very straightforward, just pure fruit. Another sip, and another, and the wine reveals not only concentrated sweet fruit, but also earth, tobacco, cedar and more, all tightly fused. It's feisty and smooth. From $40 to $45.

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One of the revelatory taste experiences of my life was eating baby lamb grilled over vine cuttings at the wine estate Tinto Pesquera in Ribera del Duero, Spain. Owner Alejandro Pesquera waited until the fire had died down to embers to cook the lamb, watching it carefully, turning the pieces to brown them evenly. It was unbelievably succulent and sweet and when you followed a bite of lamb with a sip of his gorgeous Tinto Pesquera, sublime.

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Lamb is a constant on menus in almost every wine region. Pinot Noir with roast leg of lamb is classic. Or baby lamb from the salt marshes with Châteauneuf-du-Pape or a Gigondas. Grilled lamb chops with Sangiovese is another favorite. I could go on and on.

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