Pouring Now: Charles & Charles Red Blend

Type: Red Wine
Varietal/Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah
Hails From: Columbia Valley, Washington
Main Notes: Cherry, blueberry, chocolate, coffee
Goes Best With: Steak, stew, chocolate
Avg. Price: $10.99
Recipe Pairing: Brownie-Mousse au Chocolat
Occasion: Dinner with friends or family, Date night

I’ve been on a Syrah kick lately. Maybe it’s because it’s officially cold out and one of my favorite ways to warm up is with a glass (or two) of a rich red wine. And Syrahs tend to be just that—rich and loaded with flavors of blackberries, cherries, plum, and pepper. Blend a Syrah fermented in stainless steel and Cabernet Sauvignon raised in French oak barrels and you get an easy-to-drink red full of blueberry flavors that finishes on a dry chocolate note. Two highly-esteemed winemakers, Charles Smith (K Vintners, Charles Smith Wines) and Charles Bieler (Three Thieves, BIELER Pere et Fils, Sombra mezcal) collaborate to produce this medium-bodied blend—a fantastic bang for your buck.

Alex Milling is a recent graduate of Northwestern and loves dry, full-bodied red wines.

Originally posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

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