The other day, I was making shepherd’s pie with a Mexican twist. I added cumin and paprika. It was muy caliente. 😉 I needed something to hold up to the flavors of this dish. I sat in front of the cabs at the grocery aisle for way too long. They all looked so appealing. It was a cab overload. I stepped away only to find myself in front of the red blends. Now, here’s a confession: I’m a little hesitant to try blends. Too many terrible experiences to mention. What caught my eye about this wine was the name. It’s big! It’s bad! With a name like that, it should stand up to the heat in my kitchen… or at least, that was my hope.
Once Upon a Vine
The Big, Bad Red Blend 2010 ($12.99)
It’s a blend of several red wine varietals. Berries and plums on the nose. To the taste, it is full of spices, strawberries, and layers of dark fruit. This wine does not have the sharp bite of most reds. I liked how smooth and well-balanced it was. For the novice red drinker, this might be a good introduction wine. The finish is soft and pleasant. For my dinner, I wish I had bought a cab. I would pair this with something lighter and not as spicy – pork chops or pizza.