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Deep Reds and a Little Rose’ A wine review by Tina K VaLant


I love wine. All wine: cheap  wine, middle wine, expensive  wine. I prefer red over white  (unless I’m wearing white!!), as  I savor the deep rich flavors,  slowly. The reds I chose from a  small local store, with the  owner’s recommendation for  reviewing. “These are some of  my hidden gems,” he divulged.


A friend gave me a can of rose’ to  sample. A can of wine?!  ….hmmmm, I  thought.   Well, the can IS super cute. And, I  did have the perfect glass for an  effervescent rollercoaster ride.


Wine Review #1

The Original Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon Californi a 2015


Characteristics/Composition: • If this cab was a person, it would be actor Michael Clarke Duncan (think John Coffey in The Green Mile). • It is tall, solid, dark, rich and full of varied flavors ranging from blackberry to nearly chocolate, with a spicy tone. • The aroma is full, the color is a deep burgundy color.


Pairing: Excellent on its own. Like a fine actor, it doesn’t need support. This would pair well with red meat with its bold flavors.

Price & Availability: $13.99/bottle on sale, can dip to $8.99. Relatively easy to locate in local retail stores.


Wine Review #2

McBride Sisters Truvee’ Red Blend  Cali Coast   2015


Characteristics/Composition: The sisters’ unique combination bring this proprietary red blend to life. Hints of blackberry and vanilla. I love the story behind this vino, as much as the wonderfully aged liquid, magically preserved within the bottle. Two sisters (one in California, one in New Zealand), 7000 miles apart find each other and share a love of wine-making.


Pairing:  Excellent on its own. Would be good with hearty fare.

Price & Availability:  $12.99 – $16.99/bottle. Not easily found, as it is grabbed up .


Wine Review #3

Jacqueline Leonne Rose’  New Mexico


Characteristics/Composition: The carnation pink can reads, “Effervescent Wine”, “French Inspired, American Made”. Not being a fan of sweet , I wasn’t expecting much from this this rose’. The bubbles enjoyed dancing among the glass grape cluster at the bottom of my special glass.


Pairing:   I enjoyed this rose’ on it’s own. A total delight, visually and to the taste. It would also be excellent with lite fare, perhaps a salad with farm fresh tomatoes or a lite sandwich of egg or tuna salad. Wishing I had more than the single serve can. Will definitely be on my list for summer refreshment.

Price & Availability: 187 ml single serve (adorable) can $3.99; 750 ml bottle $14.99 (opt for the bottle, you’re going to love it)


Deep Reds and a Little Rose’  

A friend gave me a can of rose’ to sample. A can of wine?! ….hmmmm, I thought. Well, the can IS super cute. And, I did have the perfect gla...

Deep Reds and a Little Rose’  

A friend gave me a can of rose’ to sample. A can of wine?! ….hmmmm, I thought. Well, the can IS super cute. And, I did have the perfect gla...

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