2007 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot $6.95

Winery: Columbia Crest Winery

Region: Columbia Valley, Oregon, USA

Varietal: Merlot

Type: Red Wine

Price: $6.95

This luscious red wine is praised for being “ripe and seductive” with “gorgeous plum, blackberry, currant, and hints of exotic spice.” Put these characteristics together and you get a velvety wine that has a pleasant balance of sweetness to acidity to body. Classic Merlot aromas of spice, blackberry and cocoa carry through the palate of this complex artisanally crafted wine. The balance of oak and black fruits creates a velvety, seductive finish.

Food pairing: most anything, including Spicy Garlic Lamb with Cucumber Raita or Grilled Eggplant with Feta and Fresh Mint.