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.
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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