kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Featured Wine: California 37 Cabernet Sauvignon

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to chat with Train guitarist Jimmy Stafford about their Save Me, San Francisco wine line. (The band was in town to perform as part of GWU's Parents' Weekend. For the full scoop on my interview and their wines, read my Washington Life article.)

Train's wines, by the way, are no gimmicky celebrity bottles. Stafford is an admitted wine geek, who likes to indulge in a glass or two of red before heading onstage for each show. Out of their four current offerings, my favorite is California 37 (named for the band's seventh studio album, and the iconic California highway.)

The band says this wine reminds them of the first California Cabs they had during their early days. It's got blackberries, ripe cherries and a hint of eucalyptus. Oak gives it a pleasing vanilla note, and its soft, approachable tannins make it perfect with or without food.

You can buy this and other offerings in Train's wine line at Whole Foods Markets. It's also on the menu at Bonefish Grill and Ruth's Chris.