A wine made for ribs? Sounds like a one-hit wonder, but Rib Shack Red is more than that. The South African blend favors the southern clime's favorite grape - Pinotage and kicks it up a notch with Shiraz. The result is a full-flavored, non wimpy wine that really does go well with ribs - and adding a splash to deglaze your pan as you cook them turned out to be a good idea, too, as I discovered on a recent Saturday night. So ribs as well as similar fare - chili for example - are well matched to the full bodied wine, which has fairly big tannins. The flavor profile included sour cherry, cranberry, and black pepper.
New Yorkers can find Rib Shack Red at Heights Chateau wine shop. Anyone lighting up the grill or smoking some ribs for football tailgating may wish to pick up a bottle.