1-Cooler, 1-Weekend Getaway

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2006 Le Cigare Volant Wine
Photos: Charles Masters & Randy Mayor

Saturday Dinner Wine

Coffee flavor in food can be a fabulous pairing point for some red wines. Cabernet sauvignon and syrah often have dark espresso flavors lurking around the edges. For Saturday’s supper, though, you need a red with a little more bright acidity and juicy fruit than those two varieties bring on their own. Go for a blend of syrah and its common partner grenache: Bonny Doon Vineyard’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape-styled 2006 Le Cigare Volant (California, $32), with spicy, toasty, earthy notes on one side and bright red fruit on the other. —Sara  Schneider

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