Saturday, August 27, 2011


Another favorite of late, is this great, full bodied red.  This one is actually from Sonoma, California.
The cool thing about this wine is that it's a blend of FIVE different reds.

It's a tasty combination of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Zinfandel.  An interesting combination on face value, but it really creates a rich, full bodied taste that's unique but very smooth.  It's very versatile, as you might imagine, and can be used to complement just about any occasion or dish and a great value for the price.  In fact, Food & Wine Magazine actually named this of the best American wines under $15.  We have really liked it with brisket and roast, and recently had it with a great Bolognese sauce (with homemade pasta) that 2nd Man makes.

It comes from the St. Francis Winery in California, click on the link to read more about it.

As I always try to do, here are the official winemaker's notes:
"Red, ripe and robust fruit flavors with spicy aromas make this a wine that pairs well with a variety of foods. Great with grilled foods and pizza or pasta dishes with red sauce. The perfect wine to serve at a cocktail party or backyard barbecue."

We like this red so much, we recently bought 6 bottles when it was on sale (normally about $12/bottle, we found it for $7/bottle).  We just might use this as our "go to" Farmhouse red wine, if we can find some more on sale.

Try some, we think you just might like it!


  1. I sold wine in a wine/liquor store for six yrs. Blends are becoming very trendy now. Seems everyone has a blend that is the best. Honestly St Francis Red (SPLASH) is by far the best. It is my go to wine. Cost and Taste can not be beat.

    1. Well thank you for stopping by! The blends are very good. Though as an update on this post, I can say that we tried their "white blend" and didn't like it. Still love the red but the white was just not as good as the other. Thanks for the comment! Don't be a stranger!!

  2. If you like this blend you may also like The Culprit, The Ball Buster and the Broadside. All excellent blends.

    1. Well thank you for that, I will have to add those to the list to try. Of last, we have become hooked on Apothic Red. Speaking of, I need to review that soon. Thanks for the suggestion.


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