Was challenged to find a Cinsault for a winemaker dinner and was still not able to find one. I even checked in Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, Healdsburg, and the Bay Area, simply because that’s where my travels took me the few days before this tasting. Why is this lovely grape only used in blends and never the star?

They Hovey Cinsault, from the Sierra Foothills county of Calaveras, had soft supple light red fruit with a tiny bit of a floral quality. It was lovely if you are not looking for a heavy wine to overwhelm your meal. Thank Chuck Hovey for keeping Cinsault alive!

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