Perfect Pairings for Summer

Summer is the perfect time for BBQ and BBQ calls for red wines! Most BBQ will have spices, tanginess, and a touch of sweetness. The wines that pair best with this are going to be rich, fruit forward wines with complexity. Blends and Malbecs like Lion Tamer, Geyser Peak Tectonic, or Colome match this perfectly while being smooth enough for a cocktail while you wait for the griller to serve up the goods. If Reds don’t do it for you then you can go with the best pairing for any good and celebrate summer: Champagne!

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Tasting NotesLion Tamer

Red Blends:

Lion Tamer red blend 2014 – A wine as interesting as it is good Lion Tamer breaks theNapa Valley blend mold by being based in Malbec with Cabernet taking the second position in the blend. The Malbec “tames” the Cabernet’s tannins and adds loads of blue fruit. The wine is generous with black and blue fruits up front with chocolate underlined with raspberry, earth tones and chewy tannins that are perfect for any meat and light enough to enjoy with chicken or by itself.

93 points Robert Parker 




Geyser Peak Tectonic Red Blend 2012 – Tectonic is a more typical California blend based in Cabernet with Petit Verdot. This blend from Alexander Valley tastes more like a Cab than a blend and offers tremendous value for its price. The wine is supple on the palate with a core of blackberries and blue fruit and touch of freshness and violets from the Petit Verdot rounded out with some baking spices that give it an almost sweet long finish.

Silver at Texsom





Colome malbec


Colome Autentico Malbec 2015 – A fresh Malbec that elevates the typical overly oaked heavy style. Colome is fresh and rich with the typical notes of black and blueberries and rich but soft mouthfeel. The addition Colome makes to the Malbec style is the minerality and subtle violet tones it adds to the nose bringing Malbec up to the standard of the world’s

biggest refined wines.

92pts. Wine Spectator




Champagne Duval Leroy

Duval Leroy Champagne NV – A classic Champagne with silky mousse and fresh acid. The nose is ostentatious with honey, toasted brioche, lemon zest and hints of almond. The palate is the perfect symphony of fruit, brioche, and minerality that is fresh and rich on the palate and will balance out perfectly any BBQ or hot day.

Fruity, Elegant, Earthy

92pts Wine Spectator