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Meritage Red Blends

Wine tasting parties are coming back into vogue and fun to do. Why not host one of your own and try these red wine blends. Vintners are getting innovative and daring with their blends creating new and exciting flavors and aromas.

Here are 3 red blend wines to get you started:

Apothic Crush

Apothic wines offer the versatility of blended wines with rich, full-bodied flavors and boldness. With its mysterious and intriguing, yet sophisticated personality, Apothic wines are a truly unique wine experience. Apothic Crush exhibits luscious aromas of caramel and chocolate with a velvety smooth mouthfeel.

Great with: red meats, steak tips, and beef stew.

Pop Crush

This wine, made from a blend of Petit Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah, has a good tannic strength to give it body and delightfully smooth finish. Pop Crush has a deep dark color with flavors of ripe red berries, blackberries, some hints of cherry and caramel.

Great with: light pasta dishes, cheeses, and pecans.

Chickadee

The Columbia Valley in Washington provides a bounty of expressive wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Malbec, and Riesling to compose this well-stitched red blend. An arid growing season and the fertile soils of the region give us a wine with incredible purity of fruit, a body of sinewy fitness and soft, fleshy tannins.

Great with: pasta Bolognese, and grilled meats.

Host your wine tasting party

Host a wine tasting party!

     

  1. Choose your theme, 4–6 wines, and food. (5 bottles of wine for 8 guests is ideal)
  2. Get supplies: clear wine glasses to see wine color, wine opener, ice buckets, linens, tasting grids and tasting terminology (both can be found online), pitcher of water and bread or crackers to cleanse pallet between tastings, etc.
  3. Chill white wines, reds can be served at room temperature, but open them early so they can aerate.
  4. Set out wines and food, either set a table or buffet style.
  5. When guests are settled, serve wines in order from white to red, dry to sweet, light to heavy.
  6. Introduce the wine and pour about 2 ounces per glass.
  7. Taste wines by swirling in the glass to aerate, smell the wine, take a small sip to swirl around in your mouth before swallowing or discarding into a paper cup.
  8. Use a tasting grid to write down impressions of color, aroma, flavor, texture, balance and the finish. Everyone ranks the wines and votes for their favorite.
  9. Enjoy discovering new wines and sharing conversations with friends.
  10. Try a “blind tasting” party. Wrap the bottles in wine bags or aluminum foil and label them alphabetically (A, B,C…). At the end of the party reveal the wines to see who got the most right and give the winner a prize.

Limited Reserve

Look in-store for our ever-changing assortment of Limited Reserve wines

In addition to our featured wine of the month, look in–store for our Limited Reserve display. Our ever–changing selection of Limited Reserve wines offer a great value on hard to find varieties that may take you a little off the beaten path… These wines give you a chance to experiment and try something new and unusual. When you see limited reserve wines in the store that you'd like to try – get them while you can, 'cause when they're gone – They're gone!

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