Not-to-Miss Holiday Red: LangeTwins' Caricature


The holiday season is almost upon us, and before you know it, you’ll be entertaining guests and heading out to cocktail parties and festive workplace gatherings. Now’s the time to stock up your wine cellar, so you’re ready, at a moment’s notice, to share some vinous holiday cheer with friends and family. I always love finding an affordable, high-quality, drinkable red that can pair with a myriad of dishes—one that’s just as appropriate for a hostess gift as it is as a partner for appetizers, cheese or a main course. I found an excellent red this week that just may become my holiday staple – Caricature, crafted by local LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards in Acampo. This delicious quaff is a blend of (predominately) Cabernet Sauvignon with old vine Zinfandel, and offers a fragrant, mouth-filling tumble of heady berry flavor—I tasted ripe black cherry, blackberry and currant, as well as some plumminess, with hints of violet and anise. Sturdy and balanced, this easy-drinker has lots of personality, but is easygoing enough to serve with pizza or a casual stew or pot roast, and can also step in as a swankier partner for leg of lamb or prime rib.