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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

First Love Red Blend 2006

First LoveFirst Love is an Aussie blend that's just a little different. It's 75 percent Shiraz, 20 percent Grenache — nothing unusual so far — and five percent Barbera, which is not a grape one usually associates with Down Under.

The resulting wine is quite a nice one, with a pleasant, subtle berry nose and a palate that is generous in berries and quite clean. It's medium- to full-bodied, with just a touch of acidity.

Served by itself it's a perfectly nice drink, but its streak of acidity made me wonder about its food-pairing possibilities. It just so happened that I was all set up to make pasta with red sauce and grilled Italian sausage, so I put First Love to the acid test.

It passed, and with a very good grade. The acid in the sauce pretty much neutralized the acid in the wine, which wasn't all overpowered and came across as even more rich and full than it was by itself. This is a versatile blend that is satisfying on its own, and would pair well with anything from pizza to steak to ribs. Quite a deal, for just $10!
J. Silverheels Gray, 8:12 PM

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