This red blend of 59% Merlot, 25% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon shows ripe fruit flavors of plum and cherry on the palate, alongside savory notes of dried herbs and coffee bean. Firm -- bordering on brawny -- tannins provide structure to the robust fruit, while a good vein of acidity adds lift. Complement the savory notes of this red with herb- or coffee-flavored barbecue fare such as a coffee-rubbed brisket.
Paso Robles, Central Coast, California, United States
Grilled Red Meats
Grappa, the clear spirit enjoyed by Italians, is made by using the grape skins and seeds left over from making red wine. They're placed in a copper still and heated. Any alcohol still in the skins and seeds turns to vapor, then recondenses as alcohol to become Grappa.