"Toad," the nickname actor-comedian Robin Williams gave his brother Todd when they were kids, stuck so when Todd opened a winery, he kept the moniker and Toad Hollow Vineyards was born. Working with a growers' co-op in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France, Williams developed a new line of low-cost, quality wines to match a specific style and flavor profile. Aged four months in French oak, this 100 percent Syrah offers dark fruit aromas, a hint of violets and an earthy quality with smooth black cherry on the palate and a slight steminess. Best splash decanted. Good with roast duck, red beans, hearty pasta dishes, lamb stew and pork tenderloin. Where to buy it: Cork & Bottle, Elio's Wine Warehouse, Sidney's Wine Cellar, most Sav-A-Centers, several Winn-Dixies, Dorignac's, Rouse's on Veterans Memorial Boulevard near Transcontinental Drive in Metairie, Breaux Mart (West Bank), Cost Plus World Markets, The Wine Market in Slidell, Acquistapace's Covington Super Market and Hugh's Wine Cellar in Mandeville. (Store listings current at press time.) Where to drink it: The Wine Loft.
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