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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