With the chief wine blogger being away this week it looks like it is up to me to make a few posts. I’ll take the easy wine route this week and report on some of Huon Hooke’s comments from last week’s Sydney Morning Herald Good Living section…

“Miles (from Sideways) was right: merlot is normally something to avoid. It’s a pity there aren’t more around that are as smart as this one. It’s a lovely, fine-boned Coonawarra red with elegance and drinkability. It ‘comes up’ in the glass to show crisp rasberry and mint aromas and is tightly focused and intense in the mouth, with fine-grained tannins and plenty of persistance. It comes into its own when you drink it with food: its balanced flavours and moderate alcohol don’t fight or seek to dominate the food flavours; rather, it complements food – as all wine should, but often doesn’t. It’s just a babe, will improve and drink well for at least eight years.”

Huon suggests pairing this wine with beef and mushroom casserole or perhaps a washed rind cheese.

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