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Dean Martin ‘Signature Selection’ 2015
California

Bells Are Ringing (1960)
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You found this wine just in time… The talented Judy Holliday plays a switchboard operator who involves herself in the lives of her clients – including Dean Martin’s character, a playwright with writer’s block. Naturally they wind up falling for each other, as director Vincente Minnelli makes the most of Dino’s musical talent and effortless appeal. Fall for his silky voice as well as this delicious red blend inspired by the legendary crooner.

THE WINE

With over 50 films to his credit and dozens of albums, Dean Martin was a complete original. It’s only fitting that his namesake ‘Signature Selection’ be a completely original red. It’s crafted with fruit from the superb 2015 vintage and some of California’s best areas – including Lodi (Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 Region of the Year) and cool Clarksburg. Blending star grapes Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet and more, it’s a rich fruit bomb of a wine that ripples with dark berry and spice. As effortlessly smooth as Mr. Martin himself, it’ll have you reaching for a second glass.
Now is a great time to enjoy the bounty of the top-notch wines coming out of California. Following the very highly rated 2012, 2013 and 2014 vintages, our expert on the ground, Clare Tooley, tells us that winemakers are raving about the 2015 harvest. According to The Wine Advocate, “2015 has turned out to be spectacular, high-quality vintage” for the Golden State. Your special red really showcases the richness of this stellar year.

THE VINTAGE

THE STYLE

VY_California_Napa_vineyard_sunsetAs a category in the U.S., red blends like this gem are extremely popular – and they’re still on the rise. But it’s by no means a new trend. Winemakers in Old World regions like Bordeaux, Rioja and many parts of Italy have known for centuries that blending different grapes together can result in a wine of greater complexity and finesse. It’s a great way to enjoy the best of many grapes, not just one.

WITH FOOD

ital_spaghettimeatballsWineTake inspiration from Dean Martin’s heritage and pair this signature red with Italianinspired dishes. It’ll be tasty with anything from simple spaghetti and meatballs to focaccia (baked bread topped with olives, caramelized onions, tomato slices, basil leaves and cheese). You could also try it with hearty, barbecued meats. Or, this is definitely smooth enough to enjoy on its own.

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