THE WINE: 1999 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon, $35 from California
THE FLAVORS: This wine is loaded with dark lush red fruit flavors and hints of vanilla oak. After my first glass all I could think of was dark red velvet, soft and lush.
PAIRS WITH: Portobello-stuffed beef tenderloin slowly roasted on the grill. Other menu ideas that would work nicely are roasted pork loin with a green peppercorn sauce or a dark fish grilled with herbs and butter.
THE WINERY: This winery only makes sauvignon blanc and Cabernet sauvignon. I recently spoke with Michael Honig and his approach is simple: concentrate on grapes you love and make great wine. I think he accomplished his goal with this wine.
Wine writer Lain Bradford can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or write him in care of The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.
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