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February 01, 2010



Excellent reflection and absolutely true. Wine must be savored to be enjoyed; sipped in a peaceful environment either alone or in good company. Good wine is dignified and graceful and must be treated with respect.

Question: Ed Lambert - are you the same Ed Lambert who taught English at Salida High School in the 90's?


I had driven past Mountain Spirit for several years and finally stopped in a week ago. A very nice lady provided various tastings, and I felt obligated to make a purchase so I bought a bottle of Sophie's Red. This eveing we tried it while sitting around our fire pit. I do not claim to be expert, but I was disappointed. When decanted, the wine was not a nice red, but a thin, transparent color you could read a newspaper through. I feel the products at MSW are quite overpriced for the quality and not at all comparable to our reasonably priced favorite, Yellow Tail merlot and/or cab ($7.99), or even to Two Buck Chuck (Charles Shaw, $2.95) we tried on a lark a couple weeks ago in Albq. At roughly half the price, we'll stay with Yellow Tail.

Mike Barkett

Ah, well I wish your tasting experience had been more effective at guiding you in your purchase. Sophie's Red has always been a blush and never a true red wine, something I'm sure you would have noticed upon tasting.

Our tastings are always free and never obligate anyone to make a purchase, although we do love it when customers taste our wines and find the one perfectly suited to their tastes.

Thanks for the feedback. We always appreciate hearing from our customers.

Mike Barkett

Indeed that is the same Ed Lambert that taught generations of young Salida students at the high school. Stop by the winery some time to visit with him.

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