Featured Wine of the Week – Bleasedale “The Red Brute” Sparkling Shiraz
2014 Ampelos Syrache (Syrah/Grenache)
2014 Supercluster |100% Cabernet Franc |13.2% Alcohol | Santa Barbara County It’s been rainy and cold in Los Angeles. Maybe it’s not as cold as other regions of the country suffering from the “Polar Vortex,” but it’s cold for us. It’s inspired me to dig into some old comfort food recipes, including a particularly delicious beef stew I haven’t made in years. It was my mom’s recipe, and every bite reminds me of her. I needed some wine for the stew, so I turned to my collection and selected a bottle of Cabernet Franc. This bottle was part of a Wine Club package from an online club I joined a few years ago. The labels on the wines were fun and adorable. The bottles were inexpensive. However, the wines I tried didn’t have much depth. For this reason, the bottles I ordered from the club became my “go to” for when I wanted to cook with wine. This bottle of Cabernet Franc, called Supercluster, was one of the last bottles from that time. Since it …
Happy Wine Wednesday! I’m introducing a new feature on The Wine Muse: “Featured Wine of the Week.” Join me every Wednesday to find out what I’m drinking. This week, I’m enjoying a beautiful 2015 Pinot Noir from Dragonette, a boutique winery in the Central Coast. They have a delightful tasting room in Los Olivos where you can try their stunning Pinot Noirs. This 2015 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir is the loveliest color of ruby red. It is herbacious and earthy on the nose. It features tastes of dark plum and cranberry on the palate. Light tannins round it out. Cheers!