Red My Mind
Story by Sarah Robertson
Aaaah. Like many of us, this week I reveled in these first cool moments of fall weather. For me, each breeze was filled with nostalgia and the anticipation of autumn activities and home cooked comfort dishes. And of course it also beckoned the beginning of enjoying red wine again. I sipped on a couple this past weekend that you really must try.
My first recommendation is the 2012 Gouguenheim Malbec. This Argentinian beauty is aged for four months in French oak and is made with 100% Malbec grapes. It is a gorgeous, rich purplish red hue with distinct aromas of plum, cherry, and dark chocolate. It has a long smooth finish on the palate and would pair nicely with a snack of super sharp cheddar or with your entree of peppercorn-encrusted steak. This bottle is also affordable so you can splurge on a fine cut of beef. (It’s making my mouth water just typing about it!)
Another nice bottle I recently tried was the domestic darling from Washington State: Milbrandt Merlot 2012. Washington state Merlots are commonly full bodied and this one is no exception. It showcases notes of blackberry and other dark stone fruit like plum and finishes very smooth. This wine is a blend of 89% Merlot, 8% Malbec and 3% Petie Verdot grapes and the result is balanced, juicy , and delicious. While many times red wines are recommended for pairing with red meats, try this gem with an herbaceous perfectly roasted chicken and side of caramelized root vegetables. I think you will be surprised how well they marry together. It may just become your new fall staple!