Yes, you heard that right. Let me start by saying that this is a whimsical wine. Wine has no ego, so no reason to be judgemental and serious, open the mind, and go with the flow. As I’ve written before, I admire that Virginia winemakers are currently quite adventurous and experimental. This is a Viginia wine made with Syrah, Pinotage, and Mourvedre. Never have I thought that I would ever put those names in the same sentence. Syrah is a broad, strapping muscular grape. Pinotage is a hybrid grape, known in South Africa, for crossing Pinot Noir with Cinsault. Mourvedre, while obscure, is amazing. I had the pleasure of imbibing this wine in a wooden lodge in the Shenandoah Valley over a Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, and all the dressings. The high acidity of the wine, the subdued flavours of tart raspberry, cranberry, and orange peel, went surprisingly well with the food and the ambiance. This wine was a bit of Americana–not for everyone’s tastes, but it tried hard and put up a good showing. Even the wine’s name, Cotes d’Orange, perfectly dances that line of tacky and hillbilly charm.