Ep 076 – Cinsault

Over the next couple of weeks we’re changing pace from summer whites and trying some delicious red wines that can be enjoyed in warmer weather. Cinsault is a red wine grape mostly used in blends like the reds of the Southern France and there is a lot of it! As of 2010, there were about 90,000 acres of vines making it the 25th most grown grape.


This week’s episode we discuss:

  • Where it’s grown?
  • What climate is best?
  • Flavor characteristics
  • Food pairings



Wine Recommendations:

Birichino Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault 2015 – priced around $23. This wine has aromas of cherries, fennel, blueberry, earth, leather, and a hint of floral. With light tannins and medium acidity it’s perfect for the heat of summer with flavors of dried herbs, red berries, dust and a black plum skins on the finish. This wine is not fruit-forward but more savory, earthy and rustic and it’s delicious with food or on it’s own. We felt a real sense of satisfaction when drinking this wine.

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La Boutanche Martin Texier Cinsault 2016 – priced around $21. Strong aromas of fennel, dust, violets and blackcurrants. Also, it has light tannins and medium acid with flavors of red fruit like red plum, leather (like licking a leather bag), with a hint of bitterness on the finish. This wine is less rustic, more refined and less intense than the previous wine and meant for food.

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So if you are looking for a red for summer we recommend trying one of these Cinsault wines. Also, leave us you comments and recommendations below.





About Betty Notto

Betty Notto is a wine lover based in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. She is the co-creator and co-host of Weekly Wine Show Podcast and certified in Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2. Find her out in the interwebs via Twitter @weeklywineshow @bettynotto