Agoston Haraszthy (hare-ass-tee) is the father of Wisconsin’s wine industry, planting grapes on what is now Wollersheim Winery near Sauk City in 1842. He followed the gold rush to California in 1849 and fathered the first commercial winery near Sonoma.

Haraszthy died in Nicaragua in 1869 — some say he was eaten by an alligator — but his wine legacy is carried on today by sixth-generation Val Haraszthy.

This Lodi red is a blend of zinfandel, shiraz, petite sirah and a few other varieties for a nicely layered wine with lots of fruit. It’s a tamed bear that will please your taste buds.

Sherry: “Fruity and medium-bodied with accents of black cherry, mulberry and blackcurrant with a touch of clove.” (3.5 stars out of 5)

Chris: “A candy bouquet with nearly semi-sweet flavors of black cherry, currants and a chocolate finish.” (3.5 stars out of 5)

Available from $10 to $13.

Coming next week: Cosentino The Dark

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