Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Jones Is Thirsty: Toad Hollow, Erik's The Red, CA 2009

It may be hot outside, but that doesn't mean you have to give all red wines the Heisman.  The key is to find a red with plenty of fruit (without being sweet) and refreshing acidity.

And let's be honest, there's definitely a time and place for heartier wines that match up to stuff like grilled flank steak, juicy burgers, or lasagna (yes, I like good ol' Italian even in the summer).

Today's featured wine is Toad Hollow, Erik's The Red - it retails for about $13.  This super middleweight wine (think Sugar Ray Leonard or Roy Jones Jr.) is loaded with red fruit flavors—raspberry, cherry—and a hint of vanilla.  Just the right amount of soft tannins to stand up to that grilled flank steak or robust cheese.  Bottom line: this wine is just flat-out fun.

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