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Red Blends for Holiday Hosting and Toasting

Eat, drink, and be merry: it’s the mantra of the season. And if you’re going to take it seriously, you’ll need some serious wines at not-so-serious prices. This week we’ve selected two red blends that stand out from the crowd and you’ll want to keep pouring well into the New Year. Their dark, juicy fruits make them a lovely gift for a party host and as a little-somethin-special to keep on hand in your own home.     

Château Saint-Roch Chimères 2014
Producer: Chateau St. Roch
Varietal: 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre
Region: Maury, Rhone Valley, France
Price: $16.99

CV’s The Wine Guy’s only warning? This red will KNOCK your socks off, or stockings, since it’s that time of year. The Château Saint-Roch Chimères 2014 is a full-bodied, smooth blend of Grenache, that harks from the schist soils of the Rhone Valley. It’s lively and elegant, like a holiday soiree. Dark berry fruits, pepper, and truffle harmonize on the palate, and give this wine its gorgeous deep purple color.    

Powers Spectrum 2014
Producer: Powers Winery
Varietal: 50% Mourvedre, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 5% Syrah
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Price: $9.99

This delicious blend has a story to tell – it was created to reflect the Powers Winery’s solar project, bringing to light a unique blend of aromas and flavors. The scent of bright red cherry, red currant, sweet cigar, and nutmeg swirl in your glass and the dark, fruity flavors of black currant, black cherry, huckleberry, and fig dance on your tongue.

Powers Winery is part of the Badger Mountain Vineyard family estate, the first Certified Organic winegrape vineyard and Washington State, and the Powers Winery Tasting Room was the first private commercial building in Tri-Cities to use solar panels for clean energy. The Powers Winery also makes its own biodiesel to run all of its farm equipment. Their wines and their sustainability efforts represent a devotion to Washington State’s treasured vineyards and its wine-drinkers

By: CV, The Wine Guy

CV, The Wine GuyCV is our resident wine guy and our newest cheese specialist. And he’s here to give you generous, succinct, friendly advice on wines (and cheese). CV is quick to say that he’s not a wine “expert” — he’s not the person to go to for fancy terminology — but he does know wine, and approaches it with robust energy and a desire to match wine with people, food, and experiences.