Côtes de Gascogne, France
Cubik is a soft and fruity red wine that surfaces from an ocean of white grapes. The vineyards around Domaine de Séailles are famous for producing Armagnac, and are therefore planted mostly to white grapes, which go into the local spirit or still white wines. Séailles has had such success with their red wine that they can't make enough. In addition to their own fruit, they now purchase organically-farmed grapes from their neighbours to satisfy the demand while keeping the same excellent quality. A medium-bodied mix of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this entices with blackberry, smoke, baking spices and white pepper. We like it with saucy BBQ chicken wings and heaping plates of smoked ribs.