Friday, July 29, 2005

House Wine

It may be a simple label reminiscent of the late 1970's generic black and white labels, but I guarantee you this wine will still stand out amongst the fanciest of labels. "House Wine", by the Magnificent Wine Co., is an offshoot made by Charles Smith, proprietor/wine maker at K Vintners. Priced under $10, this is one of those great table red bargains from Eastern Washington that pairs well with easy entertaining foods or a great every day sipping wine.

The varietals used are Cabernet Sauvignon (58%), Merlot (32%), Syrah (9%), and Cabernet Franc (1%). While this wine is very fruit forward, there is still a deep earthiness to it. Burgers, portabellos or even a bite of a rich Scharffenberger chocolate bar is going to hold up to this well structured red. Silly me, I paired it with a deep fried Cajun spice injected turkey breast and the finish of the wine softened with a rich caramel feel on the tongue. Hey, it worked! This is a great wine for a great price. Stock up now, it isn't too early to think about those winter evenings of entertaining that are ahead of us.

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