Shorter days, cool – no, cold! – nights, harvest season. It’s time for red wine.

Browsing a wine store recently, I read a description for a red blend that sounded like it would hit the spot while also letting me try something new.

It’s a Greek wine called NoTios from Gai’a Wines and is made from 85% Agiorgitiko and 15% Syrah. At 13.5% alcohol, there’s more bang in the glass than the local wines I’m used to, but that was part of the pleasure.

This is an affordable ($15), very pleasant wine with notes of black currant and ripe cherry. It paired beautifully with the Dal I had for dinner. Oh, and it has another feature I appreciate now, a screw top.