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    Afternoon Delight Wine Gift Basket

    Afternoon Delight Wine Gift Basket includes a bottle of Sparkling Wine along with a hand-selected bottle of red wine. Gourmet spreads, crackers, a spreader, pretzels, and mustard are all you need to enjoy a day off from work or a relaxing weekend with friends & family. The wicker basket is perfect for holding snacks, mail, or as a catch-all.

    Red Wines can vary from Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Bordeaux, Red Blend, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz/Syrah; if you would like a specific VARIETY (not brand,) please include it in the special comments during checkout.

    Afternoon Delight Wine Gift Basket

    Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most widely recognized red wine variety. This grape is grown in nearly every major wine producing country among a diverse spectrum of climates from Canada’s Okanagan Valley to Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley. From France, the grape spread across Europe and to the New World where it found new homes in places like California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, Napa Valley, New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay, Australia’s Margaret River and Coonawarra regions, and Chile’s Maipo Valley and Colchagua. Cabernet Sauvignon became internationally recognized through its prominence in Bordeaux wines where it is often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

    Malbec is a purple grape variety used in making red wine. The grapes tend to have an inky dark color and robust tannins, and are known as one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine. The French plantations of Malbec are now found primarily in Cahors in South West France. It is increasingly celebrated as an Argentine varietal wine and is being grown around the world.

    Called Malbec in Bordeaux, Auxerrois or Côt Noir in Cahors, and Pressac in other places, the grape became less popular in Bordeaux after 1956 when frost killed off 75% of the crop. Despite Cahors being hit by the same frost, which devastated the vineyards, Malbec was replanted and continued to be popular in that area where it was mixed with Merlot and Tannat to make dark, full-bodied wines, and more recently has been made into 100% Malbec varietal wines.

    Afternoon Delight Wine Gift Basket

    Merlot is a dark blue-colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the color of the grape. Its softness and “fleshiness”, combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin.

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