It is red wine drinking season: California Dreaming

California red wine, California CabernetNow that fall weather is here I’ve stopped drinking my much loved rosé wines, which I think of as a summer wine. The cooler temperatures here in Boston make me crave big, bold California red wines and while I’m a firm believer that one can get very good bottles of California red wines for less than $20, I splurged with these purchases, that I plan on enjoying over the coming weeks days.

2014 Chappellet Proprietor’s Blend ($30) is made from traditional Bordeaux varietals. The Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor’s Blend has a great reputation, and I very much enjoy drinking it with or without food.

2012 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($50) is a wine that I first tried at Boston Chops. It has a dark ruby red color and has a long finish that makes this particularly good with food or soft, creamy cheeses (South End Formaggio can steer you in the right direction if you need help).

2013 Ramey Claret Napa Valley ($42) Like the Chappellet, this is a blend of Bordeaux varietals and has a soft easy finish that makes this delicious on its own or accompanied by food.

2014 The Prisoner ($45) is a bottle I first purchased at Brix Wine Shop because the label caught my eye. This is a bolder wine and I love the taste of the tannins, which I think are fairly common in the bigger California red wines that I like. This is a popular bottle on many Boston restaurant wine lists right now.

Share what you are drinking by leaving a comment on this blog post for me and my readers. I’m always looking for an excuse to try a new wine.

*The prices above are what I paid at the NH State Liquor Store.

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