Coming from a large Italian family, I learned about hearty red wines at an early age. My grandfather used to make it in his basement and my father had it with dinner on most nights. He allowed us to taste from his glass once we became teenagers. Sometimes my grandfather’s wine was smooth and rich with flavor but a lot of times it could have doubled as turpentine (of course my father drank it anyway). This developed my taste buds for full bodied reds and ultimately, California Cabernets.
Terri Baldwin, Wine Director/Sommelier here at The Bernards Inn, recommended a very nice Cabernet this past Saturday night. It is called Dark Horse and comes from the Scharf Family Vineyards in Sonoma, California. The deceiving label looked better placed on a beer bottle than a wine bottle but other than that, it was delicious. I thought it was a bargain at $75 and went well with the venison loin I had as well as with the poached salmon my wife had. Terri continues to amaze me with how well she knows MY pallet!