A spicy blend, a velvety finish, lingering flavors - sounds naughty

Well - it is tasty anyway

Red blends have been exploding in the wine world for the last  year.
THey take a bunch of different red grapes - either ferment them together or ferment them seperately and then blend.  I have even seen some white varietals get blended in! (mostly for the aromas)
    The pioneer of this red blend craze I think started with Menage A trois red blend (Zinfandel, Cabernet and Merlot blend) It is jammy and fruit forward with cinnamon spice and vanilla creme finish.  Sounds lovely.  It definately brought white wine drinkers into the red wine world with its "easy to drink" characteristics. 
   1. Apothic Red is the "hot" red blend now - The label is really trendy and cool - the wines is easy to drink as well and its very affordable.  
 
Some others worth mentioning
2. Cellar #8 Red Blend - it has 8 different varietals blended in
3. Gnarly Head Authentic Red Blend - fuller bodied and more dryness then the others noted
4. Red Rock Red Blend - My favorite of the bunch - A red wine drinkers style - hearty and chewy but still seductive on the tongue. 

And all of these wines are $15 and under!

    Most red wines we drink today are part of some kind of a blend - we just dont know as it only has to have 75% of the grape thats listed on the label in the USA - So the bottle of cabernet you usually buy from california may only have 75% cabernet and then maybe merlot, syrah or cabernet franc blended in.  The famed Bordeaux from France is usually a blend of cabernet and merlot.  
    These wineries are tricky BUT differnet grapes give off different flavors and hits you at certain places in your mouth and tongue so it can make a wine more balanced!  Blending has been going on forever in the wine world - so just like bell bottoms - its become "cool" to do it or "retro".  

So go out to your local and favorite wine shop and ask them what kind of new red blends they have.  I bet there is a lot of new ones available and also at a value price!
   
And as for menage a trois?! - sometimes 3 is better! especially in wine!
 


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