Behind the Cork™ Wine of the Week

Charles Smith The Velvet Devil Merlot ($12)

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This week's wine is one of many wines from winemaker Charles Smith.  In 2009, Food & Wine magazine awarded Charles “Winemaker of the Year.” You'll recognize his other wines by their simple, yet distinctive, black and white labels.

The Velvet Devil from the Columbia Valley is so named because of it being a smooth blend of 83% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Syrah.  A nice easy and enjoyable Merlot from a great winemaker.