As regular readers know, I'm not much of a red drinker. I suffered from headaches when I drank red wine in the past, so I stuck to white. Lately, I've been experimenting a bit and learning that not all reds give me that reaction. It's been a fruitful discovery as I continue on this wine journey - it's hard to learn all you can when you can't drink half the wines!
For Christmas, Shawn and I received a bottle of Jackson Triggs Proprietors' Selection Merlot and I decided to give it a try. I had no trouble drinking Vineland Estates excellent Cabernet Franc recently when I tried it on tap, so I thought it was worth a try. I'm glad I took the chance - I had no headache the next day after having a glass or two the night before and I enjoyed this wine. It's a full-bodied red with a lovely, cherry-tinged nose. It paired nicely with our chicken-pasta concoction. The Jackson Triggs' site suggests pairing with peppercorn steak too, though I'll have to take their word for it since I don't eat red meat.
This is a nice, inexpensive red wine option to have with dinner on a cold, winter evening at home. Nothing wrong with that!
I'll be visiting Jackson Triggs as part of our Niagara Icewine Festival adventure next week - look for my review of the Festival over the next week or two.