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Bull’s-Eye Wines
Wine was just added to your essential Target shopping list. Yes, we said wine.

Think about this. Next time you’re at a Target store you can pick up laundry detergent, socks, cat litter and wine. Wait. Did I just say wine?

As of last week, Target is now in the wine business. On Monday, Estancia Estates – which is a Central California Coast winery – began selling a wine exclusively at Target stores around the country. That wine is 2011 Estancia Moscato (California, $11.99) expresses orange notes on a balanced palate with some savory herbs appearing near the finish, which would make this a fun wine pairing (perhaps with stone fruits, such as the season’s apples?).

At the brand-new Braise Culinary School, an offshoot of Dave Swanson’s Walker’s Point farm-to-table eatery, wine-centric classes are in the first line-up of events for October, just for those who like to dwell on the three s’s (sniff, swirl and sip). On Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. it’s “Sundrenched in the Shadows – Wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon” with Bill Gardner from L’eft Bank Wine Company. Then, on Oct. 23, hang with Nate Norfolk of Purple Feet Wines as he schools you in “White Wines for Fall Foods,” also beginning at 6 p.m. Each class costs $30. To sign up, visit the school’s website.

Ray’s Wine & Spirits is known for dishing out deals via its twice-weekly e-newsletter and this week’s bargains are no exception. For $7 you get a bottle of 2010 Laya, which is a Spanish wine featuring 70 percent Garnacha Tintorera and 30 percent Monastrell, and a flavor profile that, according to Ray’s Wine, is “insanely rich fruit flavors and dark cocoa nib notes.” Now, if that’s not a fall-worthy wine I don’t know what is: Pour yourself a glass of this and enjoy those last few nights of sitting outside. If you like it enough, know this: a case costs just $79.99.

There’s still time to squeeze in a few more glasses of chilled Rose before the cold front moves in, and here is one that bundles savory notes with a kiss of raspberries and strawberries. The 2011 Chateau de la Roulerie Rose d’Anjou ($14, Loire Valley, France) features a smoky, vegetal nose that develops into somewhat spicy, almost creamy, raspberry and strawberry notes before easing into a lengthy, clean finish. This is a sweeter style Rose but likely won’t offend fans of a drier style.

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