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March 02, 2010

Did you mention a complimentary tasting?

Our first and final stop Sunday was Mumm. Or so we thought.

It was a sunny day and the innkeeper recommended we sit on the terrace and take in the sights.

After discovering that I prefer sparkling wine with 3% sugar content rather than the extra dry 1%, and taking a few photos, we prepared to return to San Francisco to catch our flight back home.

Except that on the way, I spotted the Folie a Deux winery.

Folie à Deux makes Menage à Trois, which is an immensely drinkable, super light and tasty three-grape blend.

"Let's stop!?" I asked Mr. A.

He was all for it.

We shared a flight of two reds and a white, and for once I found something I wasn't crazy about. It was the chardonnay, which tasted like bananas.

As we sipped, Mr. A noticed that two other wines were listed on the menu as complimentary. Since we were there to sample as much as possible and try to figure out our tastes, we decided to go for it.

"Does this apply now?" I asked the woman behind the counter.

"Sure. Would you like to try those, as well?"

"Yes. Since we're here to learn as much as we can about your wines," I answered.

Here, by the way, is what she told us about the company. The winery was founded by two psychiatrists in the early 1970s. The name Folie à Deux refers to a rare mental illness, and their logo is a stylized Rorschach image. The couple split up and sold about a decade ago, and the Menage a Trois is their best seller -- more than 1 million cases per year!

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