Red Red Wine


The leaves are changing, and the air is becoming crisp. A bottle of red wine sits opened on the table. Swirl and sniff, sip, swish, then swallow. Ahhh… the taste. That velvety smoothness as the wine glides down your throat. A perfect moment.

I’ve always enjoyed my wine. Granted, my palette has become a tad more sophisticated since my earlier years. Polished by the several years I spent in France. Gone are the days of boxed wine and the “any bottle will do” attitude. Don’t get me wrong, I am no wine snob. But, as with most things, with age comes knowledge. Now I know what I want, and what I would rather leave corked. My 30th birthday was yesterday, so naturally we celebrated by opening a lovely bottle of French red. As an autumn birthday, red wine is what my palette is more tempted by this time of year. I don’t profess to be an expert, but I thought I would share with you a few of my personal red wine favorites.


GeneauChâteau Géneau


Bordeaux Blend

I find this wine to be full-bodied and well-balanced, with fruity notes. It is one of the best wines I have ever had.







AlambradoAlambrado Bonarda



Again, this wine was full in body yet balanced. Not overpowering in robustness.







Les-Hauts-de-LestacLes Hauts de Lestac Haut-Médoc


Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot

This was a lighter red, but not lacking in boldness of flavor. The lighter body balances its richness.








Marcio Ercolino Saserello


Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah, Sangiovese

This a blend of 4 grape varietals, and is what’s known as a “Super Sicilian”. The mix of flavors has a powerful effect.







TempranilloVega Oliveras



I love tempranillos, and their smooth richness. This one ranks at the top of the ones I have tasted.





These are a few of my favorites anyways. Of course I love the Tuscan wines of Ornellaia, but thought I would introduce you to some other red wines. If you ever get a chance to try any of these, do let me know what you think! And feel free to comment and share your favorite vintages. Because in truth, I love them all. So cheers, or as they say in France, santé!

  • Ohhh! I definitely need to try the Saserello and the Tempranillo!

    • If you do, let me know what you think!! I love a good full red, and now it’s getting to be the perfect time of year for them! 🙂

  • I used to work at a winery, and when people would tell me they didn’t know anything about wine or what they liked, I said “the best wine, is the one you like best” because it’s such a personal thing. What’s great to some people, won’t be great to others. I love a trying expedition so will have to try and hunt down some of your faves 🙂 Red is my preferred wine.

    • That’s cool! I’ve always wanted to work at a winery! I agree with you though, sometimes I read the descriptions of the wines and the flavors you’re supposed to taste and I think to myself, “yep, taste like wine.” lol I love a good red in autumn and winter, and a crisp white in the summer. Really, I would hardly ever say no to either! 😉

      • It’s not a glamorous job that’s for sure, but it can be really fun and you meet a lot of interesting people. I’m not a huge white fan, but can do a riesling no matter what the sweetness, love that white grape!

        • Ahh we’re different there! I prefer dryer whites, and hardly ever a riesling lol. I’m sure it’s hard work – I thought it would be fun to do for a couple of months sometime, but we’ll see if that ever happens! 🙂

  • Michele

    Well, you know me, I generally love just about any Saumur Champigny, St. Nicolas de Bourgueil or Brouilly but probably the best wine I have ever had was a 2008 Pomerol produced by the Chateau Grange-Neuve in the Bordeaux region. I’m going to have to try to hunt down some of the wines you suggested to give them a try (I have a feeling the Bordeaux and the Haut-Medoc will be much easier for me to find than the others though!).

    • The French wines are definitely easier for you, being in Bordeaux and all!! Loved your post about the chateaux you guys just visited – I’m feeling the need for another trip out your way, this time without burning ourselves to crisps climbing sand dunes… I’m going to find those wines you mentioned too – I remember many a nights sipping those with you back in Paris! Memories… 🙂

  • Awesome!! I have never been to SF – it has been on my list for a long time now though! If you do find one of these and get to taste it, let me know what you think. And if you have any others that are your particular favorites! 🙂