Those who enjoy wine, beer or cocktails with their food are always looking for new things to try.
We asked Frederic Barbier, the assistant food and beverage director at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon, to tell us about one of his recent discoveries:
Recommendation • 2010 Morgan Cotes du Crow's, Monterey County, California.
Why do you like it? • "This red wine is not only amazing but affordable. It has a ruby color and some blackberry and violet aromas on the nose and soft tannins dried cherry and pears in the mouth. It's a medium-body wine with great acidity. For summer time, it's easy to drink."
What makes it interesting? • "It's a blend Syrah and Grenache, two fairly classic grapes from the Rhone Valley in France. Morgan does an amazing job blending the two grapes and doesn't spare any cost when making it. It is aged in French oak barrels for 10 months, at a time when many wineries are getting away from using French oak because it's very expensive."
Cost • "$14.99 for 750-ml bottle that's where the value is. The wine maker puts a lot of effort to make it right but you don't pay the price of a similar wine from Napa Valley."
Food pairing • "This is a great wine for any kind of summer grilling. I like it with a nice steak, but it will go well with fish, too."
Where to buy • Utah wine stores.