If you always go for full-bodied, full-flavored red wines, then you're probably a fan of Bordeaux-style blends (even if you don't know it yet).
Tamarack Cellars' Firehouse Red, made from sustainably grown Washington State grapes, is a textbook example, with traditional berry flavors and just enough of those bitter tannins to remind you it's supposed to taste like Bordeaux.
Here are the stats for you wine geeks: 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Syrah, 12% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, 4% Sangiovese, 2% Zinfandel and 1% each Petit Verdot and Carmenere – talk about a blend! Then, it's all aged for 16 months in a combination of new and used French and American oak to let the wine mellow and add some of those vanilla oak tones.
Firehouse Red also makes a great gift for history buffs: Tamarack's winery is located in a renovated firehouse in what was once a World War II Army Air Base.
Tip of the Tongue
This is a great red wine to drink with braised short ribs, or almost anything that features beef.
34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Syrah, 12% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, 4% Sangiovese, 2% Zinfandel, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenere; 12.5% alcohol by volume. Comes in a 750ml bottle.