Some time back in two separate posts I noted two of our house wines 14 Hands Cabernet and Meridian Chardonnay. Well last night I wanted something to go with a great tomato sauce and pasta and grabbed a slightly forgotten bottle of Ménage à Trois California Red Wine. This wine has long been a favorite and is a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet and Merlot. It is not extremely dry and has a big flavor of berries and red fruits. It goes well with anything from my pasta sauce to a juicy steak. In fact after dinner I paired it with a slice of my mother’s pound cake I had brought back from a weekend family reunion.

Last night’s bottle was a 2006 and generally this wine does not need to age, it just turns out we had it and had not opened it yet. I know we have at least three or four more bottles, but I’m not sure of their vintage. The best thing about this wine is it often is priced around 9 bucks. While I can enjoy an expensive bottle of wine, a 90 dollar bottle does not provide 10 times the enjoyment of a 9 dollar bottle so if I find an inexpensive tasty wine it often because a house favorite.

If you’ve passed on this one before, give it a whirl. The worst you have to lose if it isn’t your cup of tea is 9 beans!