The cooler weather and darkening skies got me thinking about stew. I also was thinking French and remembering one of my favorite sausages, the Merguez sausage. Widely popular in France this sausage traces its origins to North Africa and 12th century Arabian Andalucía. Lamb Scented with cumin, coriander, cinnamon, fennel and pepper is a great way to brighten a darkening evening.
A classic pairing for Lamb Stew is Bordeaux, but with the touch of spice in this dish I recommend a new world merlot. Something with a little more fruit-forward style and not too much tannin; Washington State Merlot to the rescue! We turn to a top a notch library selection with the 2016 Five Star Cellars Merlot. There’s rich aromas of black fruit and black plum that introduce this full bodied wine with more black cherry and plum on the palate. Its hard to imagine a more delightful evening dinner.