Thursday, January 5, 2012

Red Blends for the New Year

Red Blends have become more and more popular over the past two to three years. My first introduction to a red blend that you can enjoy every day with your dinner was the Tractor Shed Red. It was an intriguing blend of Sangiovese, Zinfandel and Merlot. And I liked the label of a red tractor on a black background. On the other end of the spectrum is Insignia from Joseph Phelps, a red blend of Bordeaux varieties. Insignia is actually the wine we fell in love with and aspire to. A wine for special occasions and to lay up. Both of these wines are a unique blend of red wines with every release. All the grapes used for the Insignia come from the same vintage which is not necessarily the case for Tractor Shed Red. BookCliff Vineyards makes a non-vintage and a vintage red blend. The Friday's Folly is our everyday red blend and the Ensemble is our vintage blend made from Bordeaux varieties. Enjoy both for different occasions. Cheers!!

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