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Slather up with these four wines

Here's some ways to perk up your menu
Here's some ways to perk up your menu
Julia Hollister

Are you in a lather about which marinade enhances the flavor of your wine? Well, relax here are some answers for that dilemma.

(Here’s the best news: all four red wines are under $20.)

From the Mendoza region of Argentina comes dark red 2013 Mountain Door malbec. Aromas of cherries and cranberries combine with hints of vanilla. This winner is soft with plum, raspberry and cherry flavors.

A blue ribbon sauce panels picked Stubb’s Smokey Mesquite Bar-B-Q sauce paired with flank steak and chicken. The pairing is delightful because round notes and hints of smoke unite on the grill.

Educated Guess’ 2012 Napa Valley merlot was barrel aged with flavors of dark plum, wild berries and cassis with a heaping helping of chocolate. Try this with burgers and ribs marinated in Napa Jack’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce. Bright, rich flavors emerge with this pairing. Unami is the common thread that makes this pairing sing.

Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki marinade enhances the lush aromas of Bing cherries in 2012 Layer Cake cabernet sauvignon. Deep rich flavors of toasty oak and espresso add to the excitement on the palate. Pour this with marinated salmon and pork.This cabernet has a rich, creamy texture and powerful structure with flavors of chocolate that linger on the finish

Winding out this savory quartet is 2012 the inky deep purple Sum Red Blend paired with Terrapin Ridge Farms Moroccan Date Sauce. This full-bodied wine exhibits layers of blueberries, espresso and chocolate tastes and aromas. Pair this with marinated lamb chops and steak.