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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