Red Wine Blends for your Valentine

Written by Diana - February 12, 2011 2 Comments

My husband and I are doing you a big favor – we’re tasting wine blends so that you can get our honest opinion of what we think.  It’s a tough job, but we’re doing this so you can enjoy your Valentine’s Day with your loved one.  So far, I’d have to say we are enjoying them and it’s not like wine punch – a mixture of different wines just thrown together, but it does have different compatible flavors hitting your tongue in a nice way.

My husband predictably liked the Barefoot Sweet Red Blend.  He likes sweet wines, but Barefoot Sweet Red isn’t a dessert wine, it’s a smooth, sweet red wine a little fruity, a little sweet, nice tasting, but not too sweet. Sweet Red ($7), is a deliciously sweet blend of Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Grenache and Petite Sirah.  I’m including a Sangria recipe below that I would be great to share with your significant other.  My dad used to make Sangria for our summer gatherings, but there was never enough to go around.  This wine is perfect for Sangria.

Winemaker’s notes: Barefoot Sweet Red is a ripe and juicy wine with delicious flavors of raspberry, pomegranate & luscious cherry. Excellent served chilled!

I liked the Apothic Red best – It’s slightly sweet, but it has a spicy finish.  It made me think of the finish cilantro gives to a dish.  Apothic ($14) is a blend of Merlot, spicy Zinfandel and lush Syrah.  I would drink this any movie night.

Winemaker’s notes: Apothic Red reveals intense fruit aromas and flavors of rhubarb and black cherry that are complemented by hints of mocha, chocolate, brown spice and vanilla. The plush, velvety mouthfeel and smooth finish round out this intriguing, full-bodied red blend.

If you would like a less sweet more dry blend, then try Bear Flag Wine’s new big, bold Dark Red blend ($9). It’s delicious and full of flavor, but not sweet to me.

Winemaker’s Notes: Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, and Tempranillo. Big, Bold and Beautiful.

Monday is Valentines Day, but a busy day, so I intend to spend some of my weekend time relaxing with my husband and appreciating all the Valentines Days we’ve spent together.

Sweet Red Sangria

Ingredients

Instructions

Combine Barefoot Sweet Red and OJ in the glass, then squeeze the lemon and lime wedges in the glass and put leftover fruit in glass. Top with a splash of Barefoot Bubbly Brut and then stir and enjoy!

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