It’s OK to be a little selfish this time of year. So, ignore the guilt and open two decadent wines from Beringer Vineyards’ Regional Estates.
Since 1876, the iconic winery has been producing quality wines from vineyards across Napa Valley, Sonoma, Knights Valley and Paso Robles.
The 2014 Waymaker Red Wine from Paso Robles ($28) is composition of 56 percent syrah, 20 percent cabernet sauvignon, 12 percent petite syrah, 6 percent malbec, 3 percent mourvedre, 2 percent petit verdot and 1 percent tannat. The mountainous growing area protects the valley and allows for even ripening with hot daytime temperatures balanced with cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean.
The resulting blend opens with dazzling aromas of blueberries, cherry and pomegranate with cascades of ripe plum, cocoa and spicy flavors.
Beringer’s 2014 Pinot Noir ($25) from the Sonoma Coast is a feast for your taste buds. Red cherry, strawberry and black tea – the hallmark aromas of the varietal – open the curtain to flavors of juicy red fruit with complex hints of clove and allspice.