Columbia Winery Composition Red Blend--a good value red wine

A Good Value Red Wine That’s Going to Make You Smile

The Wine of the Week

by Amy Reiley

MV Columbia Winery Composition Red Blend, Columbia Valley, Washington

The Columbia Valley is a wine region on the eastern side of Washington state. It’s also Washington’s biggest AVA. It’s a region known for ripe, fruit-forward, good value red wine. And I have one to recommend this week that I think is a real crowd pleaser.

Although Washington has a reputation for cold and rain, the eastern side of the state is actually a sunny place. In fact, it gets as much as 300 days of sunshine annually. That is a remarkable amount of sunshine! This means that the growing season also a very consistent one, making a great environment for producing bold reds from grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.

About this Wine

This good value red wine is a multi-vintage blend heavy on Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. There’s also a bit of Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot in the blend. It’s a medium-bodied red with a true ruby color. It has compelling blackberry, cranberry and black plum aromas and bright, vibrant red fruit flavors. Wonderfully biting acidity and soft tannins make it an approachable drink.

It’s a great “food wine.” Want some serving suggestions? Try this red blend with a variety of barbecue and party foods, including burgers, white pizza or maybe steak sandwiches.

The Verdict

This is a fun wine with approachable, jammy flavors and a smooth finish. It really is one of the best value, American red wines you’ll find for $12 or less. I would be happy to drink it again and would definitely consider it as a viable choice for a casual party like a beach barbecue.


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