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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BBQ, Cabernet & Loose Change

July is here and there's nothing more American for the Fourth of July than hard working Americans finding something of value, say, like the Louisiana Purchase. Deals like that are hard to find, however “value” doesn't equate to cheap, it means the price is commensurate with the quality of what you purchased. As a wine writer, I've had my share of wines in the $200-$300 range that are not worth it. Less rare is a wine that is inexpensive but has amazing quality. But it does happen, and happens here with the Concannon 2013 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon. Concannon has been around since 1883, and they have helped establish multiple clones that are widely used in California. This wonderful wine is earthy black cherry, rustic red raspberry, plum, judicious use of oak, which frames the fruit but does not overwhelm it and a surprising acidity, perfect with anything on the grill. What is worth celebrating is that the Concannon family has turned out such a superior wine at this price. Honestly - and I don’t say this often - it’s worth way more. So get your grill on this holiday (I grilled up Santa Maria Tri Tip with this beautiful wine) and make sure you try this Cab while celebrating.

ORIGIN: Paso Robles, California
PRICE: $20/ 750ML
ALCOHOL: 13.9%

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