A 100 percent Syrah from Walla Walla's Amavi Cellars. Image via: Amavi Facebook page.

Metropolitan Grill head sommelier Thomas Price thinks you could be enjoying your summer evenings a little more. He recommends a bottle that hails from one of the top three Sryah sites in North America, Les Collines, a vineyard owned by Amavi. What exactly is it?

Take it away, Thomas...

Summer for me means cooking and living outdoors as much as possible, and tonight is no exception. I am a BBQ fanatic, and my friend, chef Eric from Metropolitan Grill, and I compete all summer long to see who can make the best. Lately, I have been really enjoying the 2011 Amavi Syrah with our balmy evenings, and it wonderfully complements my signature applewood lamb shank with guava BBQ sauce, everytime. The wine shows beautiful aromas of black plum, currant, and boysenberry that lead into a silky texture with clove, baking spice, and savory smoky herb notes that accent the long finish I always get from Amavi's Syrahs, year after year.

Cost: $23

Find It: Esquin, Wine World, and Pete's Supermarkets


 

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