Chinese New Year, the Year of Golden Rabbit. Wine to serve?

February 3, 2011 is Chinese New Year.  This will be the Year of the Golden Rabbit, (which is my sign BTW).  The Rabbit is a lucky sign. According to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves. I think enjoying a glass of wine every day would be a great way to calm your nerves and support your inner bunny.  With that my innate curiosity got the best of me, so I started to search for all rabbit-related wines that I could find on the web.  Here is what I was able to identify.

Wines that are available in BC:

  • French Rabbit Cabernet Sauvignon 1 L (some smart bunnies drink boxed wine) – France
  • Rock Rabbit Sauvignon Blanc 750 mL USA Central Coast
  • Rock Rabbit Shiraz 750 mL USA Central Coast
  • French Rabbit Pinot Noir 2005 1.0L France Languedoc
  • French Rabbit Chardonnay 1 L Boxed Wine Tetra France
  • California Rabbit Hopping Red 2009


And a few wines that may be in BC at some specialty shops, but likely across the border in WA state if you are up for a short trip.

  • Rudolf Müller 2007 Riesling (has a rabbit on the label)
  • Hip Chicks Do Wine Wine Bunny Blanc, Wilamette Valley, Oregon
  • Hip Chicks Do Wine Wine Bunny Rouge, Wilamette Valley, Oregon
  • Hip Chicks Do Wine Wine Bunny Blush, Wilamette Valley, Oregon

I found MANY wines from Rabbit Ridge in California.  It seems they have a population explosion of wines:

  • Rabbit Ridge 2008 Paso Robles Grenache Róse
  • Rabbit Ridge 2009 Paso Robles Allure de Robles
  • Rabbit Ridge 2005 Paso Robles Bunny Cuvee
  • Rabbit Ridge 2009 Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Rabbit Ridge Sarah’s Syrah
  • Rabbit Ridge 2009 Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Rabbit Ridge 2009 Paso Robles Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Rabbit Ridge 2005 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon- Reserve
  • Rabbit Ridge Le Lapin Clairveaux (Rhone Style Red Wine Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre)
  • Rabbit Ridge 2009 Central Coast Merlot
  • Rabbit Ridge Le Lapin NV Paso Robles Merlot
  • Rabbit Ridge Le Lapin NV Paso Robles Multiplicity red blend
  • Rabbit Ridge 2005 Paso Robles No Worries
  • Rabbit Ridge Le Lapin NV Paso Robles Petite Sirah
  • Rabbit Ridge 2006 Paso Robles Pinot Noir
  • Rabbit Ridge Le Lapin Speed Bump (Tempranillo, Alicante red blend)
  • Rabbit Ridge 2005 Paso Robles Syrah- Côte Rôtie Style Reserve
  • Rabbit Ridge 2009 Central Coast Zinfandel
  • Rabbit Ridge Le Lapin NV Paso Robles Zinfandel
  • Rabbit Ridge 2009 Paso Robles Estate Zinfandel
  • Rabbit Ridge 2007 Paso Robles Estate Zinfandel- Reserve
  • Rabbit Ridge 2009 Central Coast Chardonnay
  • Rabbit Ridge 2008 Paso Robles Chardonnay
  • Rabbit Ridge Le Lapin Chardonnay
  • Rabbit Ridge 2009 Mystique de Robles (Sauvignon Blanc,Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc, Pinot Gris)
  • Rabbit Ridge Le Lapin NV Ingenuity (Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Grigio)

I’ve seen Rabbit Ridge in WA state at many stores, but have not bought any yet.  I’m curious to try their Le Lapin Clairveaux, Rabbit Ridge 2005 Paso Robles Syrah- Côte Rôtie Style Reserve, and Le Lapin NV Ingenuity (Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Grigio). On my next trip, hopefully before Feb 3, 2011, I plan on trying some Rabbit Ridge and bringing some back with me so I can celebrate the Chinese New Years with my friends.

What food to pair with these wines?  Well, seeing that it is the Year of the Golden Rabbit, and rabbits are lucky, I would not want to ruin my luck by cooking up a bunny.  So I’m going to suggest that you can pair the above wines with anything but bunny!  A chocolate bunny with the grenache, merlot, or a red blend could be nice though.

Gung hey fat choy.

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