Sometimes you just need a great dinner with friends to get the week going. And when that means a good steak, of course you need to pair with it something stellar.
Considering the dinner party host, I knew the food was going to be good. So my hope was to find a bottle that would complement a hearty meat and vegetable dish.
My search led me back to Wine World and its massive collection of everything. The staff here is tremendous. They know right away when anyone as a question, and is always quick to give a great suggestion or two, or more!
The question about a selecting a wine with a hearty meat, has been going on forever. And while I have a few grapes in mind, I love hearing other people’s opinions. They pointed out some new ones to me the ranged from $16 to upwards of $40. Now like most folks, the preference is to go the lower end of the spectrum.
I got assistance from one more team member, and they suggested a brand I forgot about, Casillero del Diablo, distributed to the United States from Excelsior Wines. I surmise that many of us have had a bottle of two of theirs without realizing it. It’s a standard label that is sold in even the most simplest of wine shops. And this is no way discounting them. Of the few I’ve had, it’s a great value for under $10. And more times than not, it’s all we need for a simple dinner or to drink on its own.
But what was suggested was a new one to me. Right next to the collection of del Diablos, I was introduced to the Devil’s Collection Red, which is a trio of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, and Syrah. It’s like they read my mind.
Before I even walked in these three grapes, along with Petit Sirah are what were on my mind. So to get a bottle, and a new one for that matter, that contains a few of what I was seeking, only triples the fun and enhances my wine buying experience, along with hopefully making this meal fun.
So how did everything turn out? Well the meal was amazing and the wine was really good. My friend had a beautiful decanter to add to the atmosphere of our friendly feast. And the color on this wine really shines here.
The synopsis mentions flavors of plum and black cherry. Through the power of suggestion, the latter did seem noticeable. A small hint of chocolate? I was hoping to taste it and as my palate expands will hope to catch it next time.
This is a very good bottle at the price of $12.99. And with a mix of medium-to-full bodied wines mixed together, it tasted refreshingly lighter than what I was expecting. I’ll definitely give it a go again.
I will leave with a couple of fun pictures from our meal. I want to give a huge thank you to the host. The steak, with acorn squash, and peppers was a hit. The vegetables, especially, tasted organic, natural, and most importantly healthy. Well maybe I just used three all-too-similar synonyms to over-emphasize how great this was!
Thanks so much.