Ravines Meritage 2008: LoHud Wine of the Week | Mixed Case 5 Bottle 11

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-mv021213mixedcase14.jpg_20130212Ravines Meritage 2008: Made of Cabernet, Merlot, and Cab Franc on the shores of Keuka Lake, this is an elegant, currant-laden, Bordeaux-like red with hints of tobacco, pencil and licorice. Region: Finger Lakes, N.Y. Price: $19.19. Goes with: lamb, pork, stews. Why I chose it: This Meritage ups the ante for great wine grown in the rapidly improving Finger Lakes region, and is certain to change the region’s reputation. Mark Memorial Day with this.

This is bottle 11 in our fifth series. More recommendations: food.lohudblogs.com/category/mixed-case.

To see previous experts in our Mixed Case series, click here:
Mixed Case by Aries Wine & Spirits, White Plains.
Mixed Case by Piermont Fine Wine & Spirits.
Mixed Case from Wine Geeks in Armonk
Mixed Case from Rochambeau Wines & Liquors in Dobbs Ferry.

Meet our expert here:


For 12 weeks, we feature a wine, and include tasting notes and suggestions for pairings. At the end of the 12 weeks, we’ll review our Mixed Case, and recap the choices. Each mixed case will be chosen by a local wine shop owner, who will also become our wine expert-in-residence during his or her tenure. (So should we need recommendations for a holiday, for example. we’ll ask.) We’ll get a new expert for each case. Right now, we’re working on our Mixed Case chosen by Michael Koehler of Suburban Wines & Spirits in Yorktown Heights.

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Liz Johnson is the food editor of The Journal News and LoHud.com, for which she's won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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