It’s a week in which it would be nice to be far, far away. Books can take you there, of course, but so can foods and beverages – like wine!

I’ve confessed before that I shop by labels. The Wolftrap caught my eye for its dramatic central image that really asks you to engage with it. When I saw that the wine was from South Africa, I thought, “Aha!” I haven’t had a wine from South Africa for a long time. It was less than $15, and it was a blend of some of my favorite grapes, so into the cart it went.

I twisted off the screw top the other night when I was making a lamb burger. It’s a blend composed of 91% Syrah, 8% Mourvedre, and just 1% of Viognier – a really interesting addition, as this is a white wine grape with very floral notes. In the glass, the nose explodes with blackberry and hints of violets. There’s a tobacco-y depth to the taste, but it’s beautifully balanced with notes of plum and dark cherry.

The hint of Viognier added a lovely spark of freshness. It paired beautifully with the lamb burger.

I should have cue’d up Invictus!