Tinsel, Pine and a Nice (Cheap!)Red Blend

Christmas has waned and the post-Christmas blues are waxing.  What to do.  My answer is to try something new!!

img_0001The 18th Man Red Blend vinted and bottled by Familia Nueva Vineyards just might do the trick!!  This 2013 Red Blend of Syrah 60%, Petit Verdot 19%, Malbec 19% and Cabernet Sauvignon 2% seems to hit the spot.  This blend comes from Paso Robles (which means BIG WINES!!) and seems fill up the post-Christmas void.  I get a total and complete Blackberry pie or cobbler which means you can just drink the wine and skip the dessert.  There is also a nice waft of cigar box– which I was happy to identify prior to reading the label.  Yea me!!

You don’t need to pair this with a meal.  This wine is heavy enough and rich enough to stand on its own.  It has the weight of some residual sugar to fill up those spaces in between your ribs.    But if you feel you need a little something…. the label recommends “aggressive appetizers in the form of nachos, corn dogs or even bacon wrapped jalapenos.”

For all my folks that contacted me about the Apothic wines, I would tell you to give this one a try!!!  I found it at Trader Joes and it was < $10.  Enjoy.   And be sure to let me know what you think!   I love your feedback.

Just to keep you in the loop, we drank Altamura, Caymus, Schafer, & Thumbprint for Christmas… but I couldn’t stop to talk.    They were all pretty big, too.

4 thoughts on “Tinsel, Pine and a Nice (Cheap!)Red Blend

  1. Thanks, this looks like a good one to try. I also wanted to recommend a few we came across in Napa, all are wine growers who were our son’s clients: Elyse, cab, Morisoli Vineyard, Rutherford/Napa; Eleven11, Syrah, Napa; Dos Lagos, cab, Atlas Peak/Napa. Enjoy!


  2. Thanks for the suggestion. I looked a few places but forgot you said Trader Joe’s. I’ll try tomorrow. Looking forward to it. Happy New Year. All the Blessings of the Season on you guys. Happy 2017.


  3. Heartbreak. TJ’s in Greenville does not carry 18th Man. I explained that it was recommended by everydaycabrene.com. They said Houston has a different selection of wines. Sounded like they meant “larger selection”.
    Oh well. I will put it on my wish list for when we visit Chris in Houston.
    Happy and Blessed 2017.

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