Syrah enchants me. Pinot Noir delights me. Vermentino makes me giddy. And delicious as they all are, they’re not always as advertised. Only 75% of that Cabernet needs to be Cabernet to write it on the label.
Single varietal wine can be complex and beautiful without a doubt, but most winemakers will tell you that they prefer to blend varietals together to capture various characteristics. Rioja can made from 100% Tempranillo, for example, but some think it’s better with the inky edge that a few drops of Graciano adds. This week, we’re calling a spade a spade. Although the majority of wines out there have a little something blended in, the wines we’ll taste this week are unabashed blends of multiple varietals, all in varying proportions. The tasting is $12.50 plus tax and tip, reservations are a must, and they can’t be made on the web or by email, so call us at 326-9363 if you like and we’ll hold a seat for you. See you this Saturday, March 2, at 2:00.
Blends have more fun.
2015 Mercer “Sharp Sisters” Red Blend, Horse Heaven Hills
2014 The Culprit Red Wine, North Coast
2016 Château la Grole Côtes de Bourg
2015 Avennia “Gravura” Red Wine, Columbia Valley