Wine: The Orchard Row (red blend), 2019
Winery: Bartier Bros., Oliver
Why drink it? Formerly the house wine at the winery, this bright red blend of Cabernet Franc, Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir, and a touch of Syrah has a bit of story. The grapes come from a single row that was planted with vines leftover from the initial planting of the vineyard. It’s a testament to not wasting anything. Violets and wildflowers on the nose with the scent of freshly picked strawberries emerging after a swirl. The palate then leans towards dark plums and ripe raspberries, and French oak treatment comes through on the finish with some light spice notes, then noteworthy tannins.
Pair with: Leftovers, of course. Create a hearty stew or soup with fall veggies you’ve been looking at in the fridge and wondering what to do with, and include some ground meat that didn’t make it into another dish. Also good with grilled sausages thrown on a brioche bun.
Music pairing: Hey Brother, Avicii