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Domaine Sarda-Malet is one of the leading estates in the region, and offers a wide range of products, encompassing both the new styles and the traditional Vins Doux Naturels. In the family for over a century now, the Domaine is currently run by mother and son Suzy and Jérôme Malet, who are continuing to build on the fine reputation established by the late Max Malet. They are blessed with well-located vineyards on ideal soils, planted with quality grape varieties which have reached a good age. Yields are as low as 20hl/ha from the Terroir Mailloles sites, and the winemaking features temperature control and intelligent use of new oak where appropriate.
As well as these fine wines, Sarda-Malet continue to offer a wonderful selection of Vins Doux Naturels. The Muscat de Rivesaltes is light and fresh, and somewhat drier than Muscat de Beaumes de Venise - delicious as an aperitif or with dessert. The ruby and Vintage Rivesaltes borrow ideas from Port, but again feature lower alcohol levels. Most traditional are the aged Rivesaltes, rich and complex wines that compete favorably with the best old Tawny Ports, and sell for criminally low prices.
From Alabama to Wyoming, each of the fifty US states produces wine—with varying degrees of success. Many of the colder northeastern states focus primarily on American or French-American hybrid varieties like Concord and Vidal, while Muscadine is the grape species of the warm, humid southeast. In Alaska, grapes are grown indoors in a greenhouse; other states specialize in fruit wines, like the pineapple wine of Hawaii. New York and Virginia have thriving wine industries, and New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Michigan, Idaho, and Ohio are all worth keeping an eye on.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.