For your next blast: Boom Boom Syrah
It’s Syrahs like this that gives the Aussies serious competition for the casual red wine of choice. With a good price and easy-to-swallow character, Charles Smith Wines’ “Boom Boom” is always a popular choice for quick meals with friends.
And that’s just the way Charles Smith wants it. Following true to their motto, “Land to Hand, Vineyard to Bottle”, the success of this brand has put them into general distribution right along with Kendall Jackson and Sutter Home. To think, just a few years ago, Charles Smith wines only appeared at small Phoenix-Area bottle shops, now it’s everywhere from Costco to Fry’s and Safeway.
But the true value of this wine is not in its easy availability, it actually stems from the quality of the Washington State fruit that is represented in the bottle. With a quickly developing bouquet of earthy dark berries, powdered chocolate, and spiced espresso, Boom Boom meets the nose with the simple statement, “I’m in your face, drink me!”
After a side-by-side comparison with an Aussie Shiraz of similar cost, it’s no surprise why this little guy is so popular. And then, checking out Boom-Boom’s price tag of under $15, you will agree; it’s the perfect companion for any meal that features beef, pork barbeque or lamb. The Boomer is also a great take-along for picnics and smoky Arizona desert cookouts.
For an alternative treat, sip some along with your favorite really dark chocolate (60% cocoa or higher). A sultry base inherent in this wine combines with semi-sweet chocolate in a way that is difficult to describe. So if you like a good chunk of chocolate, you’ll find this combo quite the blast.
Serve slightly chilled from the fridge after 30 minutes (60-65 degrees).
Article by Tom Peiffer, Phoenix Wine Shopping Examiner at Examiner.com
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