A great wine in from California

by Russ Anderson on September 20, 2017

tenduMany people think I don’t like California wine. While we have focused on the value offered by Europe, there as some delicious wines coming from California as well. It is so easy to keep drinking this wine.

Here’s how winemaker Steve Matthiasson describes his red: “Tendu refers to tension, or poise, and we wanted that character to define the wine. It is racy, zingy, alive. It is the wine to drink on a picnic blanket in Dolores Park, to take up to Lake Tahoe, or to toast friends while waiting for the grill to heat up.” Okay, we’re in!

Matthiasson blends Aglianico, Montepulciano, and Barbera grapes grown at the Windmill Vineyard in Yolo County, California. The grapes are grown and harvested using organic practices, fermented in stainless steel, aged in neutral barrels, and bottled without filtration or sulfur. It’s a fresh, fun, delicious wine with aromas of ripe cherries and flavors of tart red fruit and a touch of star anise spice. At just 12.5% alcohol by volume, Tendu Red is easy drinking (in a liter bottle!) but with enough backbone and structure to complement a wide range of food.

​Pizza, pasta, burgers or more exotic fare like Indian or Ethiopian. This wine is bright and playful on the palate, perfect for get together with friends. Bright cherry and red fruit notes, with just a lick of tannins to play well with food but not require it. A California interpretation of Italian varieties from one of the states top wine makers, evidenced by his being voted winemaker of the year in 2013.

​Priced at $22 a litter, this is about $17 for a 750ml bottle for wine from one of the top producers in California. A delicious and easy drinking bottle. I can assure you this wine was delicious with an avocado and roast chicken sandwich over the weekend!

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