Current read: Daniel's Bride, by Linda Lael Miller
On a cruise some years back, I traded in my California blush wine sensibilities for the regal richness of merlot. This classic, the backbone of some of France's finest Bordeaux, has risen to fame also due to California's Napa and Sonoma valleys where the grape performs wonderfully. Merlot is the third-best selling varietal wine in the U.S., so I'm not alone in my love for flavors of black cherry and oak with a hint of chocolate.
And here's something that indeed tastes great on its own, but chased down by a fine merlot is ooh-la-la.
Tanya's Trail Mix
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries.
Pretty simple. Just mix together in a bowl, pour yourself a glass of merlot, and enjoy.