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Cheap Wine for Weekdays: Barnard Griffin 2008 Syrah

A fruit-forward wine that tastes great alongside all manner of red meat.

November 10, 2009

Does a $17 bottle count as cheap? I don’t know. All I know is that I really like this wine, something I was reminded of at that Tweet Up I went to last week. It’s not a refined syrah, you won’t find it reading Lord Byron by the fire with its dinner jacket on. It’s a fruit-forward whippersnapper with a precocious complexity and a nice long finish. It also tastes fantastic with meat and can hold up well against steak and ribs and the like, so you can take it to any carnivorous dinner party and feel like you’ve done your job, and done it well.

Now, if you’re in the market for a pricier wine, please allow me to steer you towards the $50 2005 Carriage House Bordeaux blend from Cote Bonneville. I was excited when I saw it on the list at the tweety party, and it did not disappoint. Amazing fruit and a texture like silk with a long old finish. There’s a reason it won the gold at Seattle Wine Awards last year. Try it.

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