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Happy Hour: Red 2005

Worried about what wine to pour for Valentine's Day? Have I got the perfect bottle for you!

St. Francis Winery's 2005 Red blend is a spectacular wine at a shocking price. When I served this smooth-bodied wine to a girlfriend on Monday night, she guessed it was at least $25 a bottle. However, this succulent blend of five varietals — Merlot (58 percent), Syrah (25 percent), Cabernet Franc (9 percent), Cabernet Sauvignon (6 percent), and Zinfandel (2 percent) — is only $10. Produced in the Sonoma Valley, Red has a ripe fruit flavor, a spicy undertone, and robust aroma. It's wonderfully easy to drink and, since it's a table wine, it pairs with most foods from pizza to pasta to steak.

The modern, stylish labels (there are actually 12 different designs) were created by Jeffrey Caldewey, a renowned wine label designer. If you are looking or a great value wine, I highly recommend Red. Has anyone else tried it?

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Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
I want to try this, for sure!
mafalda_quino mafalda_quino 8 years
I really like the sound of that blend, but I can't say the same about the label..It reminds me of novelty "Dracula" reds you used to get in Romania in the mid 90's.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Hmm... I'll have to try that. I'm not a big merlot fan, but I might be able to handle this. I wonder if I can find this in my area.
mellie_608 mellie_608 8 years
Actually I just tried this wine at a housewarming party last weekend. I got the last small glass of it so I didn't get to taste a lot of it, but overall I really liked it. It was smooth on the palate and didn't overpower or have much after bite. I lean more toward white wines than red, so I usually go more toward blends with red wine and enjoy pinot noir as well. The description is right on with the fruity tones and slight spicy notes. I had no idea is was that inexpensive because it did taste more expensive. Good for a party when you need to please multiple tastes.
Angelica Angelica 8 years
I haven't tried it, but thanks for the suggestion, PartySugar!
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