If chilly October temperatures are making you crave a hearty red wine, consider blends that have significant amounts of syrah and grenache. Syrah, also known as shiraz, are used to make powerful and peppery fruity reds. Grenache, called garnacha in Spain, produces reds that are rich and intensely flavored. The combination of these grapes often results in full-bodied wines that can warm up the coldest evening. The following are two examples that are best enjoyed with flavorful foods including beef, lamb and filling stews.

Viveros Cambra 2018 Parcelas de Familia Barrel Aged, Valencia, Spain

Bought • Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Boulevard, in September for $12.99

Description • Valencia is most famous for its oranges and paella, but it’s also home to some delicious wines such as the Parcelas de Familia. This red, which received high scores from wine critics, is a blend of 40% syrah, 30% garnacha, 20% cabernet franc and 10% marselan. Aged in French oak for 12 months, it’s a fresh and juicy red that tastes of dark fruit and black pepper spice. It’s a big wine but well-balanced and not overpowering.

Château Juvenal 2018 Les Ribes du Vallat, Ventoux, France

Bought • Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Boulevard, in September for $12.99

Description • If you’re a fan of bold, aggressive reds, give this wine a try. It’s certainly not a wine for the meek. A blend of 70% grenache and 30% syrah, it comes from Ventoux in the southern Rhone. This is a strongly flavored, peppery, full-bodied red that has an alcohol level of 15%. It’s a bit unbalanced and hot, meaning you can smell and taste the alcohol. If you dislike that sensation, best to let the wine age a few more years.

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