Cheap Fun Wines: Hot To Trot
Continuing my series of Cheap Fun Wines, let's talk about a very approachable wine from Washington State called Hot To Trot.
This delicious blend is from 14 Hands Winery, in Washington's Columbia Valley. Until recently I haven't had many Washington State wines, but a friend recommended 14 Hands, and I found Hot To Trot while browsing the "Alternative Reds" section of Total Wine.
The purpose of my Cheap Fun Wines series is to give you some inexpensive crowd pleasers if you're throwing a party, or just a few "go to" wines that are under $10, reliably tasty, and easy-drinking. Hot To Trot definitely fits the bill.
A lovely deep purple as you pour, this blend of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvedre has hints of licorice and plum on the nose. It's not an especially complex wine to taste, but what $9 wine is? I like Hot To Trot because it starts off very fruit-forward, with a nice silky texture, and has a dusty mocha finish. It's quite tasty, and the past couple of years have shown very consistent flavors.
This is a great everyday wine that goes really well with everyday food: burgers, chicken, potatoes, whatever. If you're having a party and looking for something to serve that most everyone will like, this would be a good choice: fruity without being overly sweet, soft velvety tannins, nice ripe berry aroma - it's an approachable wine that will bring a smile to your guests, and questions like "Mmmm...where did you get this wine?"
WINE: Hot To Trot, 14 Hands Winery
BLEND: Predominantly Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon with hints of Mourvedre and other select red varieties
APPELLATION: Columbia Valley