2010 Brancaia Rosso Toscano “Tre” (Anne Cusack, Los Angeles…)
Here's a Tuscan red that will roll with any summer menu. "Tre" is a blend of three grapes (mostly Sangiovese, with 10% each Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon) from Brancaia's three estates in Tuscany. The 2010, easygoing but with character and substance, conjures up the taste of blueberries and dark cherries and something darker and more earthy. Think of it as a strongly drawn secondary character. Maybe not the lead, but I'm happy to open a bottle for dinner at home with friends anytime.
Drink it with pasta fagioli, hearty pasta dishes or antipasti spreads. I'd drink it with meatloaf or a burger too.
Region: Tuscany, Italy
Price: $16 to $20
Style: Easygoing, with character
What it goes with: Pasta fagioli, hearty pasta dishes, antipasti spreads, burgers, meatloaf
Where to find it: Fine Wine House in Pasadena, (877) 981-6555, http://www.finewinehouse.com; Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463, http://www.hitimewine.net; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111, http://www.whwc.com.