Wine review: Apothic Red Wine 2008 California

apothic redOne word: Delicious. If you’re one for lovin’ on sweet-ish, juicy smackin’, full-bodied reds, RUN, don’t walk, to pick up this bottle. The wine’s maker is a bit of a mystery and apparently, it’s the second year this cultish wine has been produced. But luckily, it doesn’t bear the cult price. A red wine blend of Syrah,  Zinfandel and Merlot, it’s deceptively easy to drink –you might call it a white wine drinker’s red. Plush tannins, cola, sweet chocolate, oaky vanilla, toasted hazelnuts, black cherry and raspberry define this multi-layered grog. Very impressive for its very small price.

Sweetness: 2 out of 10
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
: $9 – $13
Occasion: Tasted at a consumer wine tasting.
Food pairing: Salty cheeses, barbecue, burgers, pizza
Availability: Fine wine shops and grocery stores that know what they’re doing.
Available in Tampa Bay at: Vintage Wine Cellars, Ed’s Fine Wines, Carrollwood Fine Wines (11401 North Dale Mabry, Tampa FL 33618, 813-963-2776)



  1. Love this blend. You can also pick it up at public and wild oats.

  2. This is an excellant blend. Goes good with Prime Rib. Very smooth finish, no bite. Recommend for all occassions. Also available at Giant Eagle.

  3. Excellent flavour..great with pasta and beef. Just got a bottle as a gift for Christmas. It was highly recommended by an employee at the LCBO in Ottawa, Canada. Great wine!

  4. I used to be a white wine drinker until I discovered this amazing blend. I have found it in VA at Farm Fresh


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