My favorite wine this month is the Hybrid Red from Girasole Vineyards in Mendocino, California. Charlie Barra, the owner, believes that farming organically is the only way to go. “Yes, it’s more work (annual adults, paperwork, labor requirements), more risk (crop devastation from pests) and not necessarily a bigger payout, but it’s essential to the well-being of this planet. We need to leave this earth the way we found it, and that doesn’t include chemicals.” The winery is family-run: mom Martha and dad Charlie Barra, alongside Martha’s kids Shawn Harmon and Shelley Mary handle all aspects of the business including grape-growing, winemaking, sales, marketing and distribution management. The grapes included in this wine are 60% Merlot, 16% Sangiovese, 14% Petite Syrah, 10% Cabernet which all together makes a wine that went great with my Valentine’s Day heart-shaped pizzas and my beloved. I continue to find this wine very drinkable with tastes of ripe cherry, blackberry, mocha and sweet dried herbs. I’m loving everything Girasole has produced that we’ve sold and especially this one this month.
You’ll also note that I used my Aervana with this wine. I don’t know that it is necessary but it’s so easy to pour through the spout and the wines tastes extra fresh and smooth – why not? Have you tried any of the Girasole wines? What do you think of them?