McWilliam's Hanwood Estate Shiraz 2013

by J.T.

I love good wine. Especially good wine with a great value.

Which is why I've been a fan of McWilliam's Shiraz for years. Dry and fruit-forward, with raspberry, black cherry, plums, vanilla, and a touch of oak, this wine is a flavor powerhouse at a great value. Pair this with a nice gluten-free pizza from Publix (a discovery that has transformed my weekends... and maybe a few weeknights), and you've got a delicious Friday night ahead of you!

Pick up a bottle for only $7.99, and you'll see what I mean. If you've got a hankering for a meat-lovers pizza, this would pair just divinely.


Tell your pizza-loving friends about this Shiraz.

Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2012

by J.T.

It's never too early to plan for Valentine's Day, y'all.

I'm not trying to rush you—I know you just put away your Christmas decorations. But whether you've got one special someone or a bunch of people you want to show your love to, the best way to do it is through food. Because, honestly, who doesn't like food?

Yeah. That's what I thought.

The Italians know a thing or two about love and food, which is probably why their food is synonymous with a meal shared with loved ones. Whether it's a family-style meal or a candlelight dinner, there's probably going to be something sauced in red with lots and lots of garlic. Mmm...

So what should you pair with this dinner?

With hints of black cherry, licorice, nutmeg, black pepper, Seghesio's Old Vine Zinfandel is a spicy-sweet combo that would pair excellently with any Italian meal you've got in mind (come on, what's more romantic than a Lady & the Tramp moment?). There's a nice hit of acid in this, a perfect complement to tomato-based dishes.

Why "Old Vine," you ask? Seghesio's not playing around: their old vine wines are at least 50 years old, which gives you some rich, complex flavors, and tannins that lead to a nice, long finish.  It's a lovely, lovely wine.

You can pick up a bottle here for $34.99. 

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Snow Day Recipe: Mulled Wine

by Amy

Mmm . . . 

Mmm . . . 

Big, fat, fluffy flakes are falling outside. Thousands of them. We've already got 6 inches here in Nashville.

This is a Tennessee miracle, y'all. 

Since we're all going to be snug in our houses this weekend, it's time to ransack the cupboards to make a lovely drink fitting for the occasion, don't you think? 

Let's make mulled wine!

Super simple version: if you're lucky enough to have Penzey's Mulling Spices on hand, combine 1 tablespoon of mulling spices per bottle of red wine (I bet this fruity zinfandel would make some delicious mulled wine), bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Easy peasy.

But don't fret: the "hard" way isn't much more work. Here's what you need:

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole nutmeg 
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • zest of 1 orange (none of that white stuff—that'll make it bitter!)
  • 1 bottle of red wine

Directions: bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes. Fish out the whole spices, if you wish.

Don't have whole spices? Go light on the ground spices, mixing and matching until you've got the right flavor combo. Remember: you can always add, but you can't take away.

And that, my friends, is how to make a perfect snow day drink. 



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Killibinbin Sneaky Shiraz 2013

by Amy

Who doesn't love a Femme Fatale? 

Can I tell you a secret? I've always wanted to be one—just to see what it was like to wreak havoc in my wake, and look like a beauty while doing it. 

Hey, I've never done it. Just ask my boyfriend.

(. . . on second thought, maybe we'll just keep this conversation to ourselves . . . )


Femme Fatale aspirations not withstanding, the Killibinbin Sneaky Shiraz does have some hidden bite—but in the best way possible.

The 2013 vintage is a beautiful, deep garnet color, with loads of dark berries on the nose. It's got a light mouthfeel, with tannins and spice that sneak up on you (they do!) and play nicely with the young, plummy flavors of the wine. This vintage is meant to be consumed soon, folks, so snag a bottle and drink up before 2018.

And as for pairings, I used this in (and alongside) a bolognese with excellent results.

Imported by American Estates Wine, you can find this Shiraz for about $15.99. (and here you can find it for only $11.75!)


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La Crema Pinot Noir

By J.T.

Cherry pie aromas mingle with alluring cocoa, allspice and black tea notes in this pinot noir, complementing the flavors of pomegranate, red plum, and orange zest. Yum.

This would make a lovely addition to any dinner party, and it's not even a splurge at $23.99.