Summer Wine – A Pairing Guide to our Wine Director’s Favorite Napa Valley Red Blends – And Where to Try Them
Like a multicolor painting, a blended red is going to pair with a whole lot more, especially bold summer barbecue and hearty fall fare. With the caveat that red blends often change each vintage, here is a quick pairing guide to my favorites in Napa Valley, which happen to come from some of my favorite wineries to visit (in alphabetical order).
WHY: To enjoy the elegant, forested tasting room, valley views and family winery
WINE: VIADER “Black Label” ($150): cabernet sauvignon, syrah, cabernet franc, malbec
PAIRING: A powerful and bold blend, “Black Label” is going to go perfectly with gamy meats like lamb, meat stew and roasts. This wine can be cellared, but don’t be afraid to dig in if you like your wines big and full of flavor and life.
ALSO TRY: VIADER Proprietary Red Blend ($175): cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc