If You Like Merlot and Zinfandel, You'll Like . . .
Lush fruit, robust tannins and more pronounced structure in the finish makes these wines both more sophisticated and more versatile with food. There's some overlap from the Vieux Château du Roi/Castel del Papa styles: the larger, more expensive versions of these kits might fit better in here.
Zinfandel-Shiraz - A charming way of getting black cherry and jam into the raspberry-blackberry of Zinfandel, this is rich, but drinks very smoothly.
Carmenère - Merlot's big brother, the one that's been lifting weights and eating lots of protein, this wine is deep crimson with dark cherry and notes of chocolate and tobacco. Medium bodied with moderate tannin, it still seems to punch above its weight.
Nero d'Avola - seriously underrated, this wine has great texture, with ripe black cherry and herbs and a finish with hints of blackcurrant.
Pinotage - a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut, this wine can have smoky notes, brambleberry fruit (sometimes with notes of banana!) it can also come off as rustic and a bit earthy.
Rioja Style - A traditional blend this is a very 'French' style from Spain, with bright cherry, firm tannin and straightforward fruit.
Tempranillo - Spain's version of Cabernet Sauvignon, but without the bruising tannins. Berry and plum line up with hints of tobacco and coffee in this medium-bodied but long-ageing wine.