Do you need a wine to keep you warm this winter? I recently found a great option at one of the many holiday celebrations that I attended during the past couple weeks. After doing a quick internet search to figure out what sort of markup the restaurant charged (not bad) and where I could find it online, my favorite local wine store showed up on the top of the list. Talk about kismet! I promptly picked up a few bottles to get me through the winter. If you, too, are looking for a full-bodied yet well-balanced red in the New Year, my favorite new pick is…
Kaesler’s 2007 Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre blend from Oz’s Barossa Valley for $20 per bottle. You can purchase it at my favorite local wine shipe, the Corkscrew here online. This blend is a great value, in my opinion, and pairs well with a variety of rich winter foods. It was a wonderful complement to my rib-eye, my bro’s pot roast (we shared the bottle), and my spicy pasta dish tonight. Like many New World wines, this Rhone-style, GSM blend is fruit forward, which I enjoy, including substantial dark berry flavors. The wine also offers a fair amount of spice on the nose and a long, pleasant finish including a bit of chocolate on the end. Given that chocolaty flavor profile, it was no surprise that the Kaesler worked well with a scrumptious chocolate cake at American Harvest. Give the Kaesler a try on a cold night this winter! It looks like I may have cleaned out the Corkscrew (there’s only 1 bottle left at the Springfield store), so if you can’t find it there, come over to my place for a little nip. Or check out this other online option. It looks like the 2007 vintage is sold out, though, but the 2008 yields similar scores on www.wine.com.
The Wandering Wine Girl