This month we teamed up with our friends wtso.com , a leading destination for wine online, to explore some new wines and pair them with our recent favorite cigars here at HQ. The bottle we landed on comes from a place not many people think of when it comes to fine wine... Australia. Yes, we samples Cabs, Pinots and Merlots from Napa Valley, Sonoma County and Pasa Robles; still, we landed on this beautiful wine from the McLaren Vale region of South Australia.
Made by Clarendon Hills, this Syrah is deep, rich and full bodied. Dark berries, light spice and a fairly dry body really stood out as a wine that would pair well with cigars.
When selecting cigars to smoke with it, I went with three different profiles to see how the experience changed based off of the cigar:
1. Mild - Medium: Cavalier White Series
2. True Medium: Mombacho Liga Maestro
3. Medium - Full: Nat Sherman Epoca Reserva
All three of these cigars brought out different notes in the wine while still complimenting the overall experience. My favorite pairing was the Mombacho Liga Maestro, bringing out the fruit and deep oak from the wine, while the spice and cinnamon still cut through the cigars profile.
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