2011 Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier
A fresh, spicy Shiraz with a touch of Viognier from respected Rhone producer Michel Chapoutier and Napa Valley’s Anthony Terlato. But the grapes, obviously, don’t come from either France or California, but from vines in central Victoria, Australia. Their collaboration has produced a wine with character, expressive of Shiraz grown in Victoria. Ruby red, the Shiraz-Viognier is ripe and round, full in the mouth, tasting of red berries, sweet spice and black pepper. And at about $14, it’s priced low enough to make it your house wine.
Bring it out for a burger bash, a casual barbecue or a plate of spaghetti. And keep a bottle or two on hand as a backup, whenever a bright, quaffable red is required.
Region: Victoria, Australia
Price: About $14
Style: Fresh and spicy
What It Goes With: Burger, barbecue, pizza, spaghetti
Where to Find It: BestWinesOnline (888) 817-8880, L.A. Wine Co. in Marina del Rey, (310) 306-9463, Manhattan Fine Wines in Manhattan Beach, (310) 374-3454, and Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454.