Michelle and I love to drink wine. We are predominantly red wine drinkers, but we have been known to enjoy a glass of white wine now and then, depending on the situation. One of our favorite red blends is a wine called Apothic Red. Apothic Red is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, and Syrah. It’s very well-balanced and is what I like to call “easy to drink”. The Apothic wines are crafted by winemaker Debbie Juergenson for E. & J. Gallo Wines. You can find out more at www.apothic.com.
For the past two years, Apothic has released a seasonal fall wine called Apothic Dark. Apothic Dark is bolder and heartier than Apothic Red. It’s a limited-release wine, so by the time you read this, it may already be gone from your local retailer. If you like what you read here, I suggest you go get a bottle…soon.
Apothic Dark is a red blend of Petite Sirah, Teroldego, and Cabernet Sauvignon. It blends the dark, fruit flavors of blueberry and blackberry, with notes of dark chocolate and coffee. On the palate, you get all these flavors, but you also pick up a hint of dark cherry. The finish is nice, and it stays with you. It has a dark plum color and gives off a red reflection in the glass. Legs are slow to form, but plentiful. On the nose, it has a dark, fruity smell, and you pick up the alcohol only if you breathe in deeply.
According to my research, the winemaker ferments the wine at a maximum of 90 degrees in order to give the wine its jammy characteristics, and she uses a variety of yeasts to bring out the unique flavors. The wine is then aged in oak to further enhance the flavor.
Michelle and I tend to have a glass of wine every other night or so. Okay, sometimes we have one every night. It’s good for the heart, right? We typically wait until the day is winding down, and dinner is finished and put away. When it’s time to relax, we’ll pour a glass of wine and sit on the deck, weather and time permitting. Our proclivity for nightcaps notwithstanding, this wine does go well with food. It’s great with Italian food or any red meat, and given its bold nature, it pairs well with spicy foods, as well. And by spicy, I don’t necessarily mean hot. In this case, I’m referring to high-flavored – or haute flavored – foods. I would not hesitate, however, to pair this wine with Mexican food. It would also make a nice sangria.
When Apothic Dark was released this year, we bought a case of it. Last year, we bought only a few bottles, and the wine sold out soon thereafter. We didn’t want to make the same mistake this year! At our local wine stores, it retails for $10.99 a bottle. Give Apothic Dark a try and let us know what you think. We think you’ll like it.