2016 Red Blend

Red Blend 2016 and the Factors that Make a Great Wine

Food is almost always paired up with a type of wine. If you’re sticking with the red variety, the Red Blend 2016 is one of the best wines you can get under $40. The wine was made in one of the best wineries in San Diego with the environment of that particular place giving the wine its distinct taste.


The Red Blend is also a great wine to serve during wine tasting events. If you are planning to serve food during the occasion, the wine pairs well with duck, quail, pork barbecue, or smoked veal. Just in case you prefer to serve cheese with wine, the best partners for the Red Blend include aged gouda, fresh mozzarella, and melted Swiss cheese. When it comes to deserts, chocolates seem to go down well with this kind of wine.


Knowing that the Red Blend is a great wine isn’t enough if you plan on taking your wine education to one of the many wineries in San Diego. It’s also important to see the factors that make it a great wine.



Factors that Make a Great Red Wine

It’s not just where a particular wine is produced that determines how it turns out. There are other factors that make it the way it is, and these include:



The Kind of Grape Used

The particular kind of grape used to make wine is just as important as the area where it is grown. Grapes are the core ingredient of wines and the use of one or more will significantly affect actual flavor.


In the case of Red Blend, a combination of Petite Sirah, Grenache, Tempranillo, and Merlot grapes were used. Of all four, the Sirah was used in a much larger quantity. The combination of the four grapes produced a medium-bodied wine that has hints of ripe blackberries and a bit of black pepper and tobacco.



The Way Wine was Made

If you look at the best works made by humans over the course of time, you will notice a pattern running through each of them: it took a considerable amount of skill to accomplish such works.


The same is true in the making of wine. Yes, the wineries in San Diego specifically provide the environment that contributes to its flavor, and so can the type of grapes used. However, none of those two would matter much if the winemaking process employed is unsatisfactory.


The actual process used has a direct effect on what the wine will taste like. For instance, fermentation at lower temperatures produces a red wine with floral hints. On the other hand, higher temperature fermentation results in a wine that tastes “of the earth.”


The aging process comes after fermentation, with the choice of “aging vessel” another factor in how a bottle of wine turns out. The wine aged in a stainless steel tank preserves the original flavor while those aged in concrete preserves fruity characteristics. Lastly, oak aging adds flavors to the wine especially if the vessel is new and has been “toasted” on the inside.



Many people prefer to drink red wine, whether on its own or paired with some food. Either way, you can serve our Red Blend 2016 as an example of a great wine created in one of the best wineries in San Diego. And now that you know what makes it great, you can share that as fun facts during a meal or a wine tasting event.




Speckle Rock Vineyards is located in beautiful Escondido, California and we’re happy to serve the following cities and counties and their surrounding areas in Southern California: Vista, Valley Center, San Marcos, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Ramona, Mesa Grande, Poway, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, and Temecula

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A Guide to What Takes Place during a Wine Tasting Event

Even someone who doesn’t drink a lot of wine will know that wine tasting events involve the consumption of different wine varieties. In this article, we’ll look to clue you in on some of the other things that go on, and things you can do, at these kinds of events.



A Chance to Test your Palate

Wine is grown in different regions around the world and the diverse environment creates a variety of flavors. Attending a tasting event allows you to have an appreciation for these different varieties.


Events like these can feature around eight to 10 different wines. Tasting each wine option lets you determine just how different they are from each other. White wines clearly differ from their red counterparts in terms of color but there are a variety of whites and different reds. So having a few samples from each helps you understand how a region’s environment can affect a wine’s taste.



An Opportunity to Find a Favorite Wine

The variety of options available at wine tasting events presents you with a chance to determine what kind of wine you like. Attending an event will tell you whether you are a sparkling wine type of person or one who prefers red wine.


Knowing about different wines also allows you to determine which one you’d like to keep in storage at home. It also helps you better decide on the kind of wine to bring to a party or gathering.



A Day to Meet People who Share a Common Interest

Wine lovers are found all over the world. And wine tastings are events that let you meet those who share a common interest. Instead of trying to figure out what makes a bottle of wine great on your own, going to a wine event allows you to have chats with people with varying levels of interest in wine.



A Time to Learn Food and Wine Pairing

Wine and food complement each other. By going to a wine tasting event, you’re allowing yourself to learn about which wine pairs best with certain types of food. This will come in handy should you want to invite guests over for dinner or when someone invites you to their house.


Knowing what’s going to be on the menu allows you to bring the most appropriate wine to serve when dining.



A Guide on Avoiding Bad Wine

You won’t be served bad wine during a tasting event at Speckle Rock Vineyards. Most often, you will be treated to the best varieties. You will walk away from such an event armed with good wine knowledge that you can use to your advantage when giving gifts and knowing which wine to bring for a particular occasion. Knowing more than enough about wine allows you to avoid taking too much time in wine selection.



Wine tasting events are thrown in different ways. Some choose to stage the occasion using only wines from California or displaying those produced in a particular year. Whichever the case, they are always opportunities to get a better appreciation for wine and its many varieties.




Speckle Rock Vineyards is located in beautiful Escondido, California and we’re happy to serve the following cities and counties and their surrounding areas in Southern California: Vista, Valley Center, San Marcos, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Ramona, Mesa Grande, Poway, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, and Temecula