Red Wine of the Week
A pick from Her VineNess
Steven Kent “Sorride,” Red Blend, Livermore Valley, $30
This non-vintage wine is created each year by the staff at Steven Kent in a competitive “whose blend is better” contest. The winning wine goes on to be bottled for and sold at the Livermore Harvest Festival in September to benefit a breast cancer charity. In 2013, this happened to be Valley Care’s mammogram program, which provides free mammograms for women who are uninsured or underinsured.
“Sorride” means “smile” in Italian, in deference to its prominent component, which happens to be Barbera. You’ll smile, indeed, at the juicy fruitiness of this wine, which is 50 percent Barbera, 25 percent Merlot, 15 percent Cabernet Franc and 10 percent Pinot Meunier. Its aromas are predominantly candy, and its core is sweet red licorice, strawberry vines and a hint of menthol from the Franc. This one goes down real easy and breezy, and makes you think of grilled salmon topped with a fruity chutney or rabbit baked in a light red wine, fig balsamic, raisins, fennel and pine nuts.
This wine can be purchased at the winery, located at 5443 Tesla Road in Livermore, or on the Steven Kent website.
Laura Ness, aka “Her VineNess,” has called the Santa Cruz Mountains home for more than 30 years. She loves hanging out with winemakers and winegrowers in their vineyards and cellars, drinking in their quirky, inspiring stories, and of course, their wines. She most enjoys sharing her experiences with people as besotted with wine and food as she is, and happily recommends good bottles of wine for your drinking pleasure.