promisQous Red Blend
Other Red Blends from California
- red wine
- Smooth & Supple
- 12.5% abv
May we present a casual dalliance with more than one partner – a provocative blend of: Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and mixed red varietals. Ripe red and dark berry fruit, slight black pepper/white pepper, creme de cassis. Ripe red and dark berry friut with hints of black pepper.
Meat -- grilled, roasted and pan-seared. Pizza. Any time you want a red that's not ridiculously serious.
[Refering to many partners.] The act of blending multiple, mutually attractive grape varieties in assortment of unorthodox combinations. Implies a wanton disregard for convention. May result in an intense sensory experience. Practice safe sipping.
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About Other California
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few.
Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
14 ratings, 8 with reviews
Excellent tasting wine, very bold, good for an everyday day type wine. Very rich in flavor. I liked it, would buy it again.
I really like big flavor with no dryness in you throat. This delivers and doesn't break the bank. Love it
Simple, tasty, versatile. Good buy at that price. For simple red table wine at the same price, look at Clif red blend as well. Would buy this wine again.
This is a GREAT red wine to serve to a white wine lover. It combines a bit of fruity with the smoothness of a good red. It IS my favorite red!
- Fruity & Smooth
Good wine for the $$. Fruity up front, nice easy finish, good daily drinker. Not sure how it would pair with food, but on its own, its very nice... open it and let it stand for an hour before you drink it - don't chill it below 65.
Full of flavor. Tasted along side of a cab sav, and this had more flavor. Fruity without being too sweet. Great for drinking by itself (try after dinner). A little thin, but other positives outway this. A real bargain. (2nd time around, a little too sweet.)
- Fruity & Smooth
Smooth fruity flavor. Didn't have any bite. After being in my refrigerator, open for a solid week, it took about 30-45 min to settle before drinking.
Such a great value!!Light and fruit forward but still complex. Was the perfect red to enjoy by itself after work and yet went well with just about every meal. Definetly a crowd pleaser!!!
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.