Maggie Walters

Branching out to try a new wine can seem a bit daunting. Having help from the professionals at Colonial has some major perks like being able to try new wines without getting a flop! Here are some suggestions for you Cabernet Sauvignon wine fans — lovers of all things big, bold, red, and grippy in a glass! These are wines that fall under the heavy red wine category and are sure to please. So if you like Cabernet Sauvignon….


Try: Tempranillo

 Emilio Moro Resals

Black cherry, blackberry bramble, bay leaf, brown sugar, and dried fig notes make wines of this grape variety worth experiencing. Tempranillo wines pair nicely with steak, gourmet burgers and rack of lamb. Because this wine is so big, bold and juicy (like a Cab) it easily becomes your best friend in the summer when grilling meats are in high demand. And it’s an incredible value!


Try: Syrah

Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Valley

This wine exhibits black fruit profiles of plums, blackberry, blueberry, and most surprisingly black pepper spice. Try a sip and you’ll experience a huge burst of flavor that melts into smooth tannins. It’s one of those wines that's loved for its smooth and friendly finish. Pairing suggestions include darker meats and exotic spices to bring out the wine’s fruit notes. Try it with lamb Shawarma, gyros, Asian 5-spice pork and Indian tandoori meats.


Try: Carmenere

Maquis Carmenere, Colchagua Valley

The Carmenere grape is revered for its supple red-and-black berry flavors (reminiscent of Cab) and herbaceous notes of green peppercorn. With striking aromas of raspberry sauce, tart cherry, green peppercorn and minerality, it is mouthwatering. Herbaceous, peppercorn-like flavors make it a natural for pairings with roast meats and savory cumin-spiced dishes. This is a new grape variety to try especially for lovers of Cab from high elevation appellations in Napa, and is more about refinement and elegance than being opulent and fruit forward.

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