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Red Wines

Below you will find a brief description, food pairings and wine suggestions for each of your favorite wines.

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$=$12.00 and under

$$=$12.00 to $25.00

$$$=$25.00 or more

Chianti

Chianti is made primarily from the Sangiovese grape and comes in two styles.  Chianti is a medium-bodied red wine with cherry flavors, a zippy acidity and slightly tannic backdrop.  Riserva Chianti is similar, but fuller-bodied, higher in tannin, and has more complex flavors such as raspberry, herbs, or earth. Enjoy Chianti With: The bright acidity […]

Grenache / Shiraz / Mourvedre

Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre (a.k.a. GSM) is a medium to full bodied, fruit forward wine.  Cherries, blackberries and plums front for vanilla tannins, spice and perhaps some tar and cigar box. Enjoy Grenache / Shiraz / Mourvedre With: Treat this wine as you would a Cabernet Sauvignon, but make sure the food has big, full flavors. Meat: Red […]

Merlot

Merlot is the softer, suppler brother to Cabernet Sauvignon.  It is a wine of black cherry and plum flavors alongside a light vanilla oak and in older bottles, some cedar and cigar.  Since Merlot generally has less tannin and structure than Cabernet, it tends to be paired with more mildly flavored dishes. Enjoy Merlot With: […]

Nebbiolo

The Nebbiolo grape is used to make a variety of wines, including Barolo and Barbaresco.  These wines tend toward a bouquet of violet, smoke and rose-like perfumes with flavors of cherry, truffle, fennel and licorice.  Nebbiolo is the lightest, most approachable and youngest drinking of the three, Barbaresco is the middle and Barolo is the […]

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir makes a medium-bodied, elegant red wine.  Common flavors include strawberry or black cherry.  More expensive or complex Pinots may include flavors of earth, smoke and violets.  Inexpensive or flawed versions often taste too lean or too ‘winy’. Enjoy Pinot Noir With: Pinot Noir does well with lighter flavors and mild red meats.  It […]

Port

Port has had brandy added during its creation, resulting in a sweet, high alcohol wine. Vintage port has the richest, deepest flavor. It’s grape juice for adults. Lots of fruit balanced by alcohol and silky tannins. Tawny Port is tan in color and has spent a few years in contact with oak to impart a […]

Rioja

The classic red Rioja tastes of light strawberry married to lots of vanilla and mellow tannin. The wines marked Reserva and Gran Reserva will have spent more time in oak and therefore have more vanilla and tannin. Enjoy Rioja With: Chicken in tomatoes, lamb, stew, veal Scallopini, Spanish dishes. It will also tend to do […]

Sangiovese

Sangiovese is a medium-bodies wine high in acidity. It is the primary grape used in chianti. The typical flavor profile includes spicy black cherries, plums, vanilla, and oak. Enjoy Sangiovese With: Chicken in tomato, meatballs, veal scallopini, lasagna, pasta in blue cheese sauce, pizza, spaghetti in tomato sauce and perhaps roast beef. Suggestions: $-2011 Santa […]

Shiraz

When Shiraz comes from a warm climate, it makes a fresh, very fruit-forward, big red wine with flavors of blackberries and black currants supported by a silky texture of oaky vanilla tannins and dark chocolate with a hint of spice, licorice, or truffle. Northern countries, such as France, generally call this wine Syrah or Hermitage […]

Valpolicella

Is a medium-light bodied red wine which tastes of tart, dried cherries and refreshing acidity. May also have a hint of spice or oak. It is a good summer red. There is also a variation know as Ripasso which has the same flavor profile, but is medium bodied and a little heartier. It is made […]