Generally used as a blending grape in Bordeaux, Petit Verdot has come into its own as a varietal in the new world. It creates a dark, purple, full-bodied red wine characterized by dense, dark fruit, including blackberry, black cherry, and black plum. Spicy notes of leather, coconut, smoke, and dark chocolate commonly mark this wine, which offers bold tannins and ages beautifully. Blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other Bordeaux reds, Petit Verdot can balance out a perfect Meritage, but don’t overlook the stand-alone Virginia Petit Verdots; they are beautiful, dark, weighty wines perfect for a winter’s night. Pair with steak, rich sauces, barbecue, and strong cheeses to showcase both wine and food to their maximum potential.