Monday Night Football – With Girasole Vineyards 2020 Charlie’s Blend

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The Winery

I recently wrote a story on the history of BARRA of Mendocino. The winery also has two other labels, one of them being Girasole Vineyards. All their wines are California Certified Organically Farmed (CCOF) and have been for 20 years. Even before certification, Charlie Barra had been doing this twenty plus years before “being certified”. You can read the history, the vision, the family and vineyards at:

The Wine

Obviously paying tribute to the founder Charlie, this wine consists of Cabernet Sauvignon (39%), Zinfandel (39%) and Petite Sirah (22%). On the eyes a very deep ruby color and medium viscosity. On the nose and palate, lots of enjoyable red fruit, raspberry and plums, complimented with baking spices and black pepper. Soft subtle tannins provided a mellow finish with no one variety of grapes dominant with a trace of sweetness. The retail on this bottle is $18 and comes in at 14% alcohol.

The Food and Wine Pairing

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Selected this wine for Monday Night Football at the Verona18 restaurant located at The Golf Club of Copper Valley. Their specialty on Mondays are your choice of two pizzas for $15 and $3 beer. Corkage is standard pricing. Went with their thin bubbling crust Margherita pizza with fresh mozzarella and basil with a tomato sauce. This wine is both a standalone drinking wine and one with everyday foods like spaghetti, meatballs, hamburgers, pork dishes, etc.

A thrilling nail biting game, enhanced with a delicious pizza and enjoyable wine!  




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