More rain this weekend? And it’s dark around 6:30? Seems like perfect conditions for a hearty beef stew, with lots of potatoes and carrots. Dee-lish! A wine to go with it? Snuggle up to Four Virtues Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel. The back label explains what’s behind the name: “A renowned wine writer said the best wines must exhibit four virtues: a distinctive style and quality unlike any other; a unique expression of origin (terroir); an intense but not overpowering flavor; and satisfying to the palate and intellect – in other words, be a wine worth talking about!” That hooked me right away. And this wine is worth talking about. It demands attention as the aromas of dark red fruits and smoky vanilla jump out of the glass at you. On the palate, those flavor notes come alive – dark cherry, blackberry, and the effects of the charred bourbon barrel aging – creme brulee flavors and seductive smokiness. This is a wine to take you from the dinner table to the fireplace with a lot to talk about.