Wine Wednesday: Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red Blend 2013 ($20)

2013 Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red Blend -

This Week In Red Wine: Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red Blend 2013 ($20)

 “This is a kitchen sink-style blend of 11 different varieties with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot making up nearly 75% of the mix. It offers direct, appealing notes of cocoa, sugared plum, blueberry, black olive and high-toned herbs. The black and blue fruit flavors are sugary-sweet and palate-coating, with cocoa accents on the finish.” – Wine Enthusiast


Wine Ratings & Awards:

THEGRAPE Certified Gold Medal – 2014

Wine Enthusiast – 89 Points – 2015

Wine & Spirits Winery of the Year – 2009

Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines #49 – 2010


Wine Review

Tamarack Cellars is a family-owned winery located inside a renovated firehouse located in a World War II Army Air base. Having a passion for excellence they purchase their grapes from the most renowned vineyards in Washington State.

“Whether it’s our highly acclaimed Firehouse Red or one of our limited-production single vineyard reserve blends, Tamarack’s wines offer a delicious expression of Washington vineyards’ style and elegance.” – Tamarack Cellars

The much appreciated, 2013 Firehouse Red Blend opens with sweet aromas of strawberry, raspberry and rose petals. Full of dark, rich, lusciously mouthwatering flavors of, cherry, boysenberry, tart plum skins, hints of leather, sweet pipe tobacco, and coffee beans. The tannins are firm, not at all edgy, and anise lingers on the finish. Drink now or hold onto for a couple more years. Can’t decide what to eat – no worries. Choose any of the following recipes listed, all pair really well with this wine. Try the beef stew, or cheesy nachos supreme; or perhaps the baked chicken breast, if not those, consider the eggplant Bolognese.


Wine Region: Columbia Valley, Washington

Wine Grapes: 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Syrah, 22% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 7% Sangiovese, 3% Grenache, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Counoise, 1% Mourvedre, 1% Malbec and 1% Cinsault

Style: Medium-bodied, Complex & Velvety

Drinks Like: 2012 Ty Caton enTycement Sonoma County ($28), 2012 Paydirt Paso Robles ($30)


Food & Wine Pairings: Cheesy Nachos Supreme

Cheesy Nachos Supreme Recipe and Wine -

Also try these recipes: Baked Chicken BreastEggplant Bolognese & Beef Stew Recipe.


We hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s wine review. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy today’s Grape Certified Gold wine recommendation but we’re excited for you to try the food and wine recipe & red blend wine pairing! If you enjoyed this post don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of Wine Wednesday and Food & Wine Friday. Cheers!

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Looking for a delicious red wine under $25 – try the 2013 Tamarack Firehouse Red Blend. It’s perfect for social drinking settings, pairs well with an assortment of appetizers along with other dishes too! Savor notes of strawberry, blueberry, and cherry followed by echoes of sweet tobacco, herbs and coffee. This wine displays velvety tannins, and noticeable acidity. Share this Grape Certified Gold wine with good food and company. Cheers!

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