Wine for the Blues

If you need some wine to make Monday look a little better, I have a few suggestions for you 🙂


I love this wine. The label is cool and artsy, the nose and palate are extremely unique with hints of spicy red fruits, tobacco and sweet maple, and it only costs $28 a bottle. The wine itself is a blend of 68% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 12% Carignan, and 5% Petite Sirah; a full-bodied red out of Napa with a long, smooth finish. Supposedly the winemaker became interested in his current career after drinking an entire bottle of Port from his dad’s cellar on his 12th birthday. He was obviously destined for success.


This is a really great small production Cabernet Sauvignon  out of Napa. 2480 is classic, good wine that fortunately (for my preferences, at least) lacks the super sharp acidity typically found in this varietal. A bottle sells for approximately $85, which is a little pricey, but it’s almost guaranteed that anyone you give or serve this to will think it’s fantastic.

Now, for the white wine drinkers out there…I don’t have any specific labels for you, but I do have some varietal suggestions if you want to mix things up a bit this week.

If you like Pinot Grigio, try Viognier (vee-ohn-yay). This varietal originates from the Rhone Valley in France, and is quickly gaining popularity. Viognier is becoming one of my favorite whites; it’s easy to drink and perfect with or without food.

If you like Riesling, try Grüner Veltliner (GROO-ner VELT-lee-ner). This is the primary white varietal out of Austria, and I drank a lot of it when I lived there. The smell of the signature nose-citrus, grapefruit, and ground white pepper- brings back great memories.



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