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Drink like Olivia Pope Without the Expense Account

It’s been a long, cold, wine-and-popcorn-less winter without Pope and Associates. Well,  thirsty Thursdays are back, starting tonight at 9 pm on ABC. Not sure which reds Olivia would approve of? Relax, it’s handled:

  1. You-have-thrown-attended-wine-cheese-partyPrimal Roots 2011 Red Blend ($8.99)
    A blend of Merlot, Myrah and zinfandel, this berry-licious wine with hints of vanilla is big, bold and perfect with all-BBQ-everything.
  2. Frey 2011 Biodynamic Field Blend ($17.99)
    This sulfite-free, biodynamic red blend is made without pesticides, zero-manipulation in the cellar, and only native yeast used for fermentation.  It’s 35% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 20% Petite Sirah and has an earthy richness to it.
  3. Domaine de Fondrèche 2009 Côtes du Ventoux Cuvée Fayard ($17.99)
    Planning to eat a spicy snack? Tame the flames with this herby, woody blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan.
  4. Barrel 27 Wine Company 2011 Grenache Rock And A Hard Place ($21.99)
    Love currants and jam? You’ll <3 this yummy sweet-yet-tarty wine from a Californian vineyard whose sole aim is to help you relax.
  5. Pra Di Pradis 2005 Stuccara Merlot Cabernet Franc ($36.99)
    Like your wines with a little kick? Sip on this blend of Merlot and Cab Franc with notes of blackberry, green apple and a hint of black pepper.

Pro-tip: Don’t forget to let your reds breathe before you imbibe. Don’t have an aerator? Watch this aerator hack using ordinary kitchen tools.

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Shaina Vinayek

Shaina is a DC area native and global health policy nerd. She can be found during work hours engrossed in Excel or attending lectures at CSIS and other think tanks. At night, she transforms into a food enthusiast trying new and funky restaurants and recipes. To keep her figure, she has been known to run a half marathon or two.

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