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Hester Creek Character

Wine: Character (red blend) 2017

Winery: Hester Creek, Oliver

Why drink it? Everyone should have a “go to”, value-priced red blend handy for unexpected company or when you simply feel like a glass. With Syrah, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Merlot in the mix, there are nice elements to this Character; aromas of pepper, licorice, and hints of smoky barbecued meat, followed by integrated flavours of cherries, currants, cedar plank, and subtle spices. Just enough oak to give the wine a bit of structure and weight, with tannins that could use a year or two to soften in the bottle if you choose, or just drink now with a comforting snack or dinner.

Price: $21

Pair with: The winery suggests a warm stew. A tomato-based beef stroganoff or pasta sauce with meatballs or meat sauce, or a veggie lasagna. Works well with that frozen Shepherd’s Pie you put away for a rainy day when no one wants to make too much of an effort.

Music pairing: My House, Flo Rida

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