Barry’s Pick: 2016 Tendu Red Wine, $20.00, 1 liter

Thanksgiving is coming up soon and I have a great bottle of wine to put on the dinner table, one that will go with the bird and all the fixin’s that come along with it. This wine is produced by Steve Matthiasson from Matthiasson Family Vineyards. At first glance it would appear that it is from Austria because of the clear one liter bottle with no punt and a crown cap; however, it is actually from the great state of California. To be exact, the Barbera, Aglianico and Montepulciano grapes that make up this wine come from the Windmill Vineyard in the Dunnigan Hills AVA. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures, and then aged in neutral barrels with no sulfur added and no filtration. The Tendu Red has a light ruby color and portrays aromas of cherry, strawberry and pomegranate. On the palate it is fresh and lively with tart cherry and cranberry followed by a nice hit of spice on the finish. With an alcohol level of just 11.7 percent, this will pair wonderfully with just about anything you throw at it. Also, I’m sure that the extra wine in the one liter bottle will help it go a little further once Aunt Betty figures out how delicious it is. Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!