Red Wine Blends

Red wine blends, particularly those by domestic producers, are growing in popularity. Red blends can be a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Syrah, Merlot or any combination of red wines.

Red wine blends are typically 40 to 50-percent of the main grape with smaller portions of the others. Blends give the wine a nice balance, a better finish and a more complex flavor. Here are four red wine blends, two that are full-bodied and two with a gentler harmony of fruit.


Menage a Trois Midnight Dark Red BlendMenage a Trois Midnight Dark Red Blend 2013
Red Blends from California

If you love intense red wines – this one is deep, dark and bold. Ménage à Trois Midnight Dark Red Blend combines Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and Petit Verdot to create a luxurious and rich intermingling. These four grapes present a velvety texture and a sumptuous concentration of fruit.



Conundrum Red Blend 2012Conundrum Red Blend 2012
Red Blend from California

This is another bold blend with aromas of dark fruit, berries and plums. Conundrum Red has a blatant smoky and full-bodied finish and a serious texture with brown spice distinctions.





Beringer Red Moscato Beringer Red Moscato
Red Blend from California

Beringer Red Moscato is a pleasant blend of Moscato, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. It’s a classic and elegant blend of red berries and ripe black cherry flavors. It also has a smooth presentation with sweet fruit flavors and a refreshing finish.

Apothic Crush Red Blend 2013Apothic Red
Red Blend from California

This is a special red blend of Petite Sirah and Pinot Noir. A limited release, this red wine offers notes of caramel and chocolate, which creates a velvety smooth taste.



Whether your preference is a red and bold or a lighter fare, the red wine blends offer a broad selection, and at many wine retailers, an aisle of their own.


Give Wine to Your Valentine

Champagne and Chocolate Valentine!

This year give wine to your Valentine. Let’s start with a Wine Collection Gift by It includes Piper-Heidsieck Champagne and Godiva Chocolates. What could be better than champagne and chocolate for your Valentine. This well-balanced cuvee is combined with Godiva’s 19-pc Ballotin. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Wine Gift.

Piper-Heidsieck Brut Cuvee
Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut is a full-bodied, classic Champagne bursting with fruit . The blend is majority Pinots Noirs incorporated with Pinots Meuniers from the Grande et Petite Montagne de Reims region. Selected reserve wines from preceding years are incorporated into the blend to ensure consistency of style year after year. The blend is aged for minimum 24 months on the lees before release.

Godiva Assorted Chocolate Gold Gift Box
Inside this gift box awaits 19 luscious creations, including milk, dark, and white chocolates with classic Belgian fillings like silky ganaches, creamy pralines, rich caramels, fruits, and nuts.

Go Big With Wine & Cheese Gift Basket for Valentine’s!

Give wine to your Valentine with this truly Wine and Cheese Gourmet Gift Basket featuring silky smooth California Pinot Noir perfectly matched with creamy Brie cheese, delicious water crackers and Ghirardelli chocolate.

Parducci’s Pinot Noir combines the aromas of ripe raspberries and strawberries. Its berry flavors are full and rich with a hint of cedar on the finish. Enjoy this medium-bodied red wine with grilled salmon, pork tenderloin, and fine cuts of red meat.

Parducci Small Lot Blend Pinot Noir Wine Gift Basket Includes:

Creamy Brie Cheese Spread 4 oz
Three Pepper Water Crackers 4 oz
Ghirardelli Milk & Caramel Bar 3.5 oz
Fontazzi Butter Toffee Pretzels 3.5 oz
Thatcher’s Chocolate Caramel Popcorn 3 oz

These wine gifts are really a no-brainier when it comes to Valentine’s gifts.

Love can be in the air and on the lips with both of these Valentine’s Day gift sets. No need to run around looking for gifts that sometimes miss the mark. Give wine to your Valentine. These two are real winners for women or men.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Corkcicle Wine Chiller

Now this is a great wine accessory to keep your wine chilled this summer and all year-round. The Corkcicle Wine Chiller is a tube-shaped insert that you put in the freezer and then put in your wine bottle. It keeps your wine chilled without using an ice bucket, and it corks your wine at the same time.

Just place the Corkcicle in the freezer for at least 90 minutes. Pour a little wine out of the bottle to make room for the Corkcicle, and then position the Corkcicle in place of the bottles cork. In just twelve minutes your wine will be chilled to the perfect drinking temperature.

multicolored corkcicles

The Corkcicle Wine Chiller will not dilute your beverage, and it will not make your wine too cold, which can happen when using an ice bucket.

It’s great with white wine, and you can use it for red wine too. It can help bring your room temperature reds down to a more palatable temperature.


Don’t worry beer drinkers, they thought of you too. The one for beer drinkers is called the Cockcicle Chillsner Beer Chiller.

corkcicle chillsner beer chiller

No matter which beverage you prefer, you have to have a Corkcicle. It’s as handy as a corkscrew. It’s a great way to keep your beverages chilled in a more compact and easier way.  It’s great for any gathering where you serve wine or beer, and it’s perfect to take on the go.


Wine Accessories – Wine Charm Rings and Aerator Set

Wine Charm Hoops

Wine charm hoops are one of the most decorative, simple and useful wine accessories on the market today.  You can find wine charm rings come in many different shapes, designs and colors, and they are certainly a charming way to keep track of guests wine glasses.  Guard your goblets at your next gathering with these glass grape wine charms.  The grape shape theme is a nice touch.  Being made of glass is another nice feature, and each package contains six wine charms.  It’s always best to buy two or three packages to make sure you have a wine charm for all of your guests.

Grape Glass Wine Charms

Wine Accessories Aerator

Using an aerator to improve the taste and flavor of wine continues to gain popularity right now.  Aerators are everywhere, and Vinturi is one of the more well known makers.  There are red wine aerators and white wine aerators.  This six piece wine aerator set includes a red wine aerator, tower arm, tower base, no-splash grate and sediment filter.  The curved, acrylic, two-piece tower floats the aerator and secures the wine glass while enhancing the flavor and bouquet of any red wine.

The aerator set is a great wine accessory to try.  You can use this at a wine tasting and see what your guests think about the difference in the flavor, aroma and bouquet.

Vinturi Aerator Set

Portable Wine Table

Now here’s a wine accessories gift idea that every wine lover should have.  It’s a beautifully-made, portable wine table by Tovolo.  It’s made of natural bamboo and measures 8 by 16 by 14 inches.  The end cuts securely hold stemmed glassware with plenty of room to hold your snacks.  The single leg pushes into the ground easily and provides sturdy support, and the leg can be unscrewed for flat storage and to easily carry to your next outdoor function.

The wind will not blow your wine glass over, and you can adjust the table to just the right height to fit perfectly next to your outdoor lounge chair.  This is truly the wine lovers answer to the perfect picnic.

Tovolo Wine Table


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Moscato Wine Reviews

Moscato Wine Brands – Muscat

Before we get to the Moscato Wine Reviews and Moscato wine brands, here’s a little background on Moscato, (moss-cah’-to) Wine.  Moscato is an Italian name for Muscat. Muscat is said to be the world’s oldest variety of grape and is widely grown for wine, raisins and table grapes.  Muscat grapes range in color from white to black and produce a Moscato wine that is characteristically defined by a sweet floral aroma.  Moscato Wines are usually sparkling wines like Asti Spumante and Champagnes, and an extensive variety of Moscato wines are produced throughout Italy.

Moscato Wine Reviews

Below are three Moscato Wine Reviews starting with a Moscato Champagne, followed by a Moscato White Wine and a Moscato Spumante.

Saracco 2010 Moscato d’Asti-Champagne and Sparkling

This Moscato wine is a Champagne and Sparkling Vintage by Two Hands from Barossa Valley, Australia.  This is a five star rated vintage Moscato wine.  It is a Pale straw Moscato with a zesty bouquet of fresh grapefruits, watermelon, banana peel, straw, limes, sherbet and fresh flowers. It has a light and lovely sweet coating with a bright acidity. It is off dry and slightly effervescent with a low 7% rate of alcohol.

Saracco Moscato Wine Reviews – Critical Acclaim

90 Points The Wine Advocate

Saint Supery 2006 Moscato – Muscat White Wine

This Moscato is a White wine by St. Supery of Napa Valley, California. It is made from the Muscat Canelli grapes; a grape which is harvested in September to maintain its delicate fruit flavors. The 2006 Muscato is wonderfully light and could be used as a great summer wine. It has delicate white peach, apricot and pear aromas blended with a slight floral finish. It is a light wine, but still full of rich flavors.  Most notable is the taste of sweet pear and apricots. This Moscato wine is perfect for an afternoon luncheon.

Bottega Petalo Moscato Spumante – Champagne & Sparkling

Bottega Petalo Moscato Spumante is a Champagne and Sparkling wine, but non-vintage by Bottega from Veneto, Italy. The Moscato Giallo Vinification uses the Italian Charmat method of fermentation.  The Charmat process ferments Moscato wine first in stainless steel and then in sealed tanks for an additional 30 days. The color is a brilliant gold with a bouquet of roses.  You will taste hints of apricot and peach, and a blend of apple and peach flavors. This is also a low alcohol content Moscato wine at 7%.  As a serving suggestion, this Moscato wine goes great with desserts such as custards, pies and ice cream. Bottega Petalo Moscato Wine Reviews – Critical Acclaim Grape Varieties 100% Moscato Giallo Moscato wines are lightly sweet sparkling wines with brilliant fruit bouquets.  Moscato wines lend a sweet effervescent to your dining experience, and can be a great bubbly companion to your sweet dishes.


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Fizz 56 Sparkling Red Brachetto

Fizz 56 Sparkling Red Brachetto Review

Have a special occasion coming up? Want something out-of-the-ordinary that’s delicious and irresistible? You may want to try Fizz 56 Sparkling Red Brachetto. It is far from ordinary.

Fizz 56 Sparkling Red Brachetto has a bright red ruby tone, and a very festival look and feel. Fizz 56 sparking red is highly aromatic with an alluring, light taste, and just a hint of soft berry notes in a tantalizing blend of raspberry, strawberry and cherry flavors.

Fizz56 is a sweet Italian red wine made from Brachetto grapes. The Brachetto grape is a naturally effervescent red grape that is native to Italy, and is rarely grown in other parts of the world.

It’s a true Italian wine, and if wine can be glamorous and exciting, Fizz 56 is certainly in line for the honor. It’s charmingly sweet and bubbly, and can be perfectly paired with a romantic evening for two, or a dessert complimentary to any occasion.

Be prepared to be the center of attraction when you pop this cork.


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