If you’re looking for a big, burly flavor bomb to wow friends at your next barbecue, search no further than our Wine of the Week, Foppiano Vineyards 2012 Russian River Valley Petite Sirah ($25). It is a feisty wine, with both plenty of sass and a fillip of elegance, deep inky black fruit, bittersweet chocolate, black pepper and dried herbs. If it were a vehicle, it would be a vintage Ducati, riding not only onto your lawn but up to your front door. Let me in! it announces.
You can take it almost anywhere, from a chuck wagon feast to a sunset supper, though you probably wouldn’t want to drag it, kicking and screaming, into an oyster bar. This wine demands foods that matches it in size.
To enjoy this meaty wine in hot weather, chill it to near cellar temperature and serve it outside, with sweet peppers, pizza, mushrooms and corn on the cob, all cooked over coals or wood. Grilled meats are excellent companions, too. In cooler weather, braised meats, stews and pasta with traditional ragu are the best choices.
Beef Chili Colorado
Serves 6 to 8
3 pounds well-marbled beef chuck roast or similar cut
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large yellow onions, diced
1 to 2 jalapeños, minced
6 garlic cloves, minced