The weather has turned cooler and more crisp...those once humid nights are pleasant for outdoor relaxing and sleeping. You can always tell when Fall has arrived because customers make the mental shift back to warm, bold red wines.
The number one wine producing state in the US is California known for some fantastic red wines made from cabernet sauvignon, merlot, red zinfandel grapes and other varietals. Of course, Napa Valley is probably the most widely known area in wine country. Others include: Lodi, Sonoma, Santa Barbara, Mendocino to name a few.
Next time you are searching for a delicious red pick one you have never tried. For instance if you love merlot, you might try one from a different winery, make it a red blend with cabernet, merlot and syrah. You won't be disappointed. You'll still get the plumminess of the merlot you love but the added grapes will give the wine another layer of complexity and flavor.
It's a long, cold stretch ahead. Start stocking up on your reds now....these California reds will keep you toasty on those chilly nights. Salute'!