Two nicely priced grill friendly reds to serve with BBQ

Here in California, our lack of rain and warm temperatures are giving indications that spring has sprung. Here’s two very nicely priced red wines to serve with that early season BBQ. Both are smooth and will pair perfectly with all sorts of grilled fare.


Cinnabar 2009 Mercury Rising Red Blend

DdV: 90
Price: $16.00
Blend: Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec
Source: Various California

A simply fantastic versatile wine that is right at home with the BBQ. On the nose, bright plum, blackberry and some nice hints of spice. The mid is wonderfully smooth with more blackberry, black cherry, and plum. Mouth feel is luxurious and the wine is nicely balanced. Finish is moderately long with some notes of cocoa, spice, and toasty oak. We poured this with some grilled gourmet burger steaks and it was a perfect complement. Highly Recommended!


Acacia 2010 Red Blend

DdV: 88
Price: $7.00 – $8.99
Blend: 85% Syrah, 10% Merlot, 2% Grenache, 2% Petite Sirah, 1% Zinfandel
Source: Various California

An amazing value red that is as food friendly as they get. We’ve always been huge Acacia fans as they consistently deliver delicious wines for very reasonable prices. Add this to the list of great tasting Acacia values! On the nose, bright cherry, hints of pomegranate, and oaky vanilla give way to dark cherry and strawberry on the mid. Nice color and balance. Finish is a bit on the short side but has hints of oak, chocolate, and currant. Great with grilled roasts, grilled pork, skirt steak and burgers. Great pizza wine too! A tremendous value!