2008 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Amitage Red Blend: Cinnamon and cloves
feb. 16, 2012: for roughly $12, i got flavors of cinnamon, clove and cedar topped by a smooth and light feel. this is a really good-value wine that greg enjoyed, too. greg had prepared lentil and chicken soup last night, and i had some of the leftovers tonight, to which i added fresh lemon juice, salt and cracked black pepper. this red blend was far from a contrast. i could see this columbia valley, washingtonian, being really flexible, matching steak, chicken or even pork, all with ease. it's got some tannins, so anything with some fat (steak) or juice (not over-cooked chicken or pork) would be a tasty pairing. 13.5 percent alcohol. winetree.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.