King Arthur and Lady Lynn have created their own paradise in a glen in a redwood forest. After returning from a motorcycle trip to Alaska they created their family compound in Sonoma county where they have a small vineyard of Pinot Noir and make award winning wines from Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Merlot purchased grapes. Their Cab/Syrah blend recently won Best of Show at a Sonoma wine judging. Trust me, it is good! Would you find a Cab/Syrah in France ? Probably not! This is the spirit of experimentation that makes American wine so interesting. The Cab/Syrah blend is big and full and balanced in a style similar to the Palouse Petit Syrah we recently reported on, although the flavor profile is, not surprisingly, somewhat different. The Merlot, surprisingly, is bigger than the Zin and will probably lose it's slightly tannic edge with a year or two of bottle age. Since King Arthur and Lady Lynn are "amateur" winemakers, Redwood Shire Wines are only available to their friends in the surrounding forest. These are the best "amateur wines" I've tasted! There is a whole world of winemakers and grapegrowers out there enjoying wine with their friends without any interest in marketing, hype and spin. I did encourage King Arthur and Lady Lynn to get bonded, but they would rather enjoy themselves in their Redwood Glen. Look for more reports on the wine underground.