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Rattlesnake Creek Vineyard

Rattlesnake Creek Vineyard “Montana winery owners Andy Sponseller and Connie Poten believe that when life gives you lemons, turn them into publicity. The owners of Rattlesnake Creek Vineyard, outside Missoula, recently received an e-mail asking them to change their winery's name . . . Sponseller held a name-that-winery contest . . . . more than 1,000 entries arrived by e-mail and phone, including Snattle-Rake Creek Wineyards, Sponseller's Cellars, Baroque’n Chain, Cease and Desist Winery, Gossamer Rhino, and Snakebit Lawyer. One contestant suggested Gallo Wines, adding, "Why not piss off a really big winery?" Poten, Sponseller and several friends whittled the list down to 10, checked to see if any of them were trademarked (several were) and chose Ten Spoon Vineyard (a sort of combination of their last names), which they felt was the catchiest. “Frederick Kreutzer, chief wine expert for taster Wine, Denmark's largest wholesaler and distributor, send in the winning suggestion. Now the Montana duo just has to figure out how to send Kreutzer his prize—a case of Ten Spoon wines every year for life.”


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  Blind Curve Sauvignon Blanc
A tropical fruit nose, refreshing citrus on the tongue and crisp, strong finish make this a white to savor. Made from Dancing Crow Vineyard grapes grown in Lake County, Calif.—a region known for its outstanding Sauvignon Blanc grapes—Blind Curve reveals a pleasing range of lively fruit flavors brought out by artful crafting. Lovely with hors d’oeuvres, light entrees and creamy desserts.
  Farm Dog Red
Currant, chocolate and berry aromas introduce this silky, dry red, livening the palate with a well-balanced range of fruit flavors ending in a long, warm finish. Saucy and bold as Lucy, Ten Spoon’s top farm dog, this blend of estate-grown Maréchal Foche and Mendocino County Petite Sirah brings out the best of both varieties. Excellent with strong cheeses, hearty menus and rich desserts. No sulfites added
  Flathead Cherry Dry
Made from organic cherries grown at Fat Robin Orchard and Farm on Flathead Lake’s Finley Point, this superb, dry dinner wine starts with a caramel nose, is lively up front with a smooth, lightly oaked finish. A sunny season with cool nights kissed the Lambert cherries with perfect conditions and they ripened bountifully, unscathed by frost or fire. An excellent year for a Montana favorite. No sulfites added
  Moonlight Pinot Noir
Elegant, with tantalizing fruit flavor, this Pinot Noir was created using grapes from Bill Cattrall’s vineyard in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. This 31-year-old hilltop vineyard produces world class Pinot Noir grapes. Moonlight has the smooth, sumptuous, quality of old silver. It pairs as exquisitely with grilled steelhead trout as with buffalo tenderloin. No sulfites added
  Range Rider Red
Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, New York, 2006, Bronze Medal. We’ve blended our estate-grown Maréchal Foche, Frontenac and St. Croix grapes to make a zesty, dry Montana wine with a fresh berry nose and full-bodied taste. Hand-picked whole clusters of grapes were packed tightly in tanks for two weeks—classic Burgundian carbonic maceration—to reduce acid and present complex fruit flavors. Lightly oaked, Range Rider Red complements a wide range of food from spanakopita to BBQ. No sulfites added
  Temptation Dry Apple Wine
A delightful surprise, Temptation floats light tastes of honey and cinnamon over a crisp white wine without the apple pucker. More of a sensation than a strong taste, apple flavor insinuates itself just slightly, making an exquisite finish. It pairs nicely with Thai food, seafood and a French baguette with creamy brie. No sulfites added


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