Back to Basics ““ Cab & Merlot

medocCabernet and Merlot originated in France, and they’re still going strong in the Bordeaux region. A cool climate and French wine culture produces a somewhat light and lean edition of these grapes ““ very different from the Aussie or Chilean efforts. The Bordeaux expression refreshes and invigorates the palate ““ what’s known as the bistro style. Great with food, but not a lot of fun for party gulping. Especially if you have a low tolerance for dryness.

I enjoy Bordeaux (most are a blend of Cabernet and Merlot) in the summer for the refreshing nature and moderate alcohol levels. The rustic bite also appeals to me ““ gives the wine a sense of place. Try the following.

CALVET 06 Medoc, Bordeaux~  38208 $13.95
Gutsy, invigorating, traditional French wine. Modest alcohol. An elbows on the table, let’s-get-eating feeling. And bring on the second bottle. Offers a refreshing break from today’s world of super smooth rich reds.

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