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Claiborne & Churchill Straw Bale Red

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Vintner Claiborne “Clay” Thompson told me I had to taste this inexpensive blend of Grenache, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir. The blend is different each year, but it’s always tasty and value-priced. However, with this vintage, the blend is a knockout! It rocks with friendly wild blackberry and black cherry flavors with subtle spice notes. Clay described it as a choice for everyday drinking. It’s also a great choice with roast beef, leg of lamb, or a great cheeseburger. Pour it for your friends and they’ll never guess you only paid $14. It’s available at the tasting room on Hwy. 227 near Price Canyon Road or at claibornechurchill.com.

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