The aromatics of this plush, richly fruited Merlot deliver exactly what they suggest: ripe flavors of plum, cherry and cassis. Utterly enjoyable on its own, this is a red for any day of the week, yet its food-friendly nature and appetizing tannins encourage you to savor it with a special meal. Heed your instincts — complementary pairings run the gamut from beef Bourguignon to hearty vegetable stew.
Pays D'Oc, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Marinated Red Meats
The Zinfandel grape, made famous in California, is actually native to Croatia, where it's called Crljenak Kaštelanski.