It’s the middle of Winter and I feel like we’re going to float away here in Sacramento! It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s windy, and all I want to do is hunker down in front of a fire and sip a Big, Bold Red Wine to chase the Winter chills away! You know, the kind that warms your soul and makes your mouth smile.
Nothing chases this chill away like good friends, a tasty meal, and a nice bottle of red!
I love a good California Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon paired with beef bourguignon, slow roasted short ribs with creamy mashed potatoes, or a great steak. Or just simply kick my feet up by the fire and sip away. Certainly takes my mind off buying a large dingy and getting it ready to row upstream to dry land!
Here are four Big Bold California Reds for you to try by your fire tonight:
2014 Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel ($14.99 Total Wine) Delicious and beautifully balanced. This vintage shows enticing aromatics of raspberries, cranberries and a hint of toast and pepper.
2014 Terra D’Oro Amador County Zinfandel ($13.99 Wine.com) A savory Zinfandel displaying vibrant aromas of rich, spicy clove and big, generous fruit with hints of vanilla.
2014 Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys Red ($25.99 Wine.com) Beautiful garnet color. Fresh raspberry and blueberry fruits, clay mineral, exotic oak spice.
2014 Robert Biale “Black Chicken” Napa Valley Zinfandel ($44.99 K&L Wine Merchants) A mouthful of rich and fruit saturated Zin. Bursting with jammy/juicy black fruit, the assertive flavors.