Cool, drizzly, Saturday evening, but the grill was smoking and there was a thick porterhouse that needed cooking.
The wine of choice was the 2007 Paul Jaboulet Aine Cotes du Rhone, Parallele 45. The wine is 60% grenache and 40% syrah. Not a thought provoking wine, just a basic red with a solid core of strawberries and a few red plums to taste. Good acid, appropriate tannin, good dry finish with a hint of earth in it, and a great palate cleanser between bites of the steak. Easy to drink and at a sale price of $12 very easy on the wallet. 14% alcohol.