Column: Valentine vino varities

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Commentary Elizabeth Morse

What to choose for your romantic evening? I’ve got some creative options to share with you. Pardon the names, some of them may make you blush. These beauties can be found locally at many locations, but all four are available at Tasteful Times on Olio Road in Fishers.

Brassfield Eruption, $19.99, is a sweet, red blend of petite sirah, syrah, malbec, grenache, mourvèdre, zinfandel and viognier. Whew. I love the pretty Violet fragrance of this wine. It’s a mouthful of huge California fruit, with some vanilla, cedar and pepper. Silky smooth and definitely sweet but with structured tannins. It’d be a great complement to barbecue.

Next up is a fun new variety for the Willow Creek District in Paso Robles (California). Barton Holiday Clairette, $34.99, is a white wine that should please anyone who normally enjoys chardonnay. It’s a dry, tropical glass featuring the likes of mango and papaya but contrasted with minerals and sweet apples. A thoughtful change of pace. Give it a swirl.

Feeling spendy? Lust by Michael David Wines, $54.99, is a delicious, velvety zinfandel that is described by the winemaker as “sexy, showy and seductive.” With a flavor profile that smacks of raspberry, dark cherry and chocolate, you’ll also pick up bits of caramel and softly spiced vanilla. A decadent selection, for sure, and perfect with a chocolate dessert. Lodi, California. This one is a little higher in alcohol, coming in at 15.5 percent alcohol by volume. You’ve been warned.




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