One of my favorite comfort meals is pot roast, and my favorite way to prepare it couldn’t be any easier. I put a chuck roast, along with some chopped onion and celery, in my slow cooker and cover it with a cup each of water, soy sauce and some red wine. I come home to a wonderful-smelling house and a most delicious dinner.
When picking the wine, I need something that’s fruity and fresh-tasting to make it a good cooking wine. But the rest of the open bottle will need to stand up to a hearty meal 10 hours later.
This time, I went with Columbia’s Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2007 ($15), which was a perfect choice. The Washington red added a wonderful flavor to the pot roast, and in my glass, its cherry and berry flavors and dashes of herb notes were a good foil to my rich, savory meal. I rated it 87 points, non-blind.
WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Columbia Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2007 (86, $15).
• Plus, get our quick list of Top Values among Washington reds.