The Hedges CMS Columbia Valley is, or should be, one of America's go to wines for everyday food happiness. This wine is a tremendous comfort to one's pocket book, and it satisfies on so many levels. One, it doesn't taste like cheap plonk of which there is plenty; two, it calms my wine sensibilities. It is sincerely made by time-honored techniques, family-owned and artisan quality from dirt to bottle. The 2010 (a cool vintage) is 48 percent cabernet, 40 percent merlot and just 12 percent syrah. The nose takes some work, but it's young yet. The mouth is light bodied and embraces true wine quality, offering a range of fruits and flavors that one can leave on the palate and study. Micro-fine, cedar-like tannins complete the picture. Costs about $14 in our market.
-- Mike McVittie reviews wines available locally