YOU SAMPLED a Medium red from

d’Escausses Vigne Blanche

A deep, deep garnet color boasting intense scents of red fruits and whiffs of vanilla tinged berries. There’s a touch of oak spice from barrel aging and a full and structured mouthfeel with melty tannins and plenty of sapid “rouge” flavors.

PERFECT WITH

Chorizo, potato gratin, runny cheeses, hanger steak

YOU SAMPLED a Medium red from

Château Fredignac “Le Gabier”

Gorgeous ruby red color in the glass with ripe red fruits and a big note of black currant jam. The palate has touches of vanilla from 18 months in oak and some spicy aromas, but the core of crunchy red fruit and silky oak tannins remains.

PERFECT WITH

Charcuterie, hard cheeses, charred burgers, lasagna.

YOU SAMPLED a Medium red from

Abrigo “Garabei” Dolcetto

Violet tinges surround a nose of cherry liqueur, wild sour cherries and purple flowers. Fresh acidity keeps the creamy berry flavors and light tannins balanced into a truly drinkable, dark, deep, rich wine that’s not bitter or harsh. Italy is definitely onto something here!

PERFECT WITH

Filled pastas, aged ham, grilled squash, salty cheese.

YOU SAMPLED a Medium red from

Fuedo Solaria Foglio Cinquanta

A whiff of cocoa precedes aromas of dark skinned berries and blackberry jam before little notes of anise and white pepper round out a silky smooth fruit forward palate of berries, berries and more berries.

PERFECT WITH

Bulgogi, pata negra, grilled fish, spicy chilis.

YOU SAMPLED a Bold red from

Donjon Minervois Rouge

Château Donjon’s flagship bottling has powerful primary aromas of ripe black fruits like plum and berry with strawberry and raspberry taking over next. Very dense on the palate with concentrated dark cherry flavors and structured, developing tannins.

PERFECT WITH

Duck, strong cheese, grilled anything, intense drama show binge sessions.

YOU SAMPLED an Al Fresco red from

Rin du Bois Gamay

Ripe and warm gamay perfect for cool weather with loads of acidity and a soft texture. Plummy and pleasant with prominent cherry and raspberry scents and just enough earth to remind you that it’s French. Try with a slight chill for a refreshing red.

PERFECT WITH

Boiled shrimp, crudite with dip, grilled cheese sandwich.

YOU SAMPLED a Medium red from

Meldor Rioja

A traditional wine with a touch of modernity! Black forest fruit like blackberries and blueberries and chocolate covered cherries with oak providing an elegant aroma of toffee and sweet violets. Fleshy on the palate with good acidity and loads more of those rich forest berries. A fun wine for both new wine drinkers and traditionalists!

PERFECT WITH

Grilled tuna, sausages, flat top burgers, Korean BBQ.

YOU SAMPLED a Medium white from

L’India Garnaxta Blanca

Greenish-yellow with golden highlights in the glass when the light catches it the right way. Sweet fennel and other herbs can be detected on first sniff with pear and tropical fruits eventually raising from the glass. Broad and unctuous with a light glycerin mouthfeel, marked acidity and white pear, white peach and warm grass flavors. Also, is that a touch of sweet hay or lanolin?

PERFECT WITH

Salmon nigiri, charred octopus, braised rabbit, spicy cuisines.

YOU SAMPLED a Bold white from

d’Escausses Vigne Galante

A sweet white that’s not cloying or dessert level. The nose is fluffy and white with marzipan and lemon laced chiffon. Dense aromas of white flowers give way to exotic fruits on the palate with a distinct honeyed note. Crisp, smooth and quite airy for a “sweet” wine!

PERFECT WITH

Scallop carpaccio, chicken curry, spicy Thai salads with loads of basil.