Purple Heart Red Wine salutes U.S. military heroes

Winemaker Ray Coursen is a Vietnam veteran. (Image courtesy of purpleheartwines.com)

Winemaker Ray Coursen is a Vietnam veteran. Iraq War veteran David Grega also worked on this project. (Image courtesy of purpleheartwines.com)

A generous winery in Napa Valley and two winemaker/war veterans are making a statement with their Purple Heart Red Wine, and that would be: Veterans deserve our support and respect. This is the second vintage of Purple Heart Red Wine for C. Mondavi & Family, which makes a healthy, annual donation to the Purple Heart Foundation on behalf of this brand. The Purple Heart itself is a U.S. military decoration awarded to those who were wounded or killed in the service of this country. The winemaker/war vets who created the Purple Heart Red Wine are Ray Coursen (Vietnam) and David Grega (Iraq).

Purple Heart Napa Valley Red Wine 2014, $19.99: Soft, chewy texture, savory flavors, lots of body. This red blend is the real deal from Napa: bold spice and plum/dark berry flavors infused with vanilla and cedar. Tannins are like velvet. Its a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

You can reach Sandra Silfven at ssilfven@hotmail.com.