As for the wine, you’d be correct in guessing Woodwork Wines’ 2013 cabernet is heavily influenced by oak. After all, it is named Woodwork. Diageo, the beverage company behind Woodwork, forgoes the classic winemaking image of dark caves filled with wooden casks and instead soaks the wine with oak staves before bottling. (I’m not up on the details if the oak staves are used pre- or post-fermentation.) The resulting oakiness, along with berry notes and a chocolate finish, creates a wood-forward wine that’s bold enough to pair very well with wild game. I do get a little smokiness in the nose as well. At just 13 bucks or so a bottle, it’s a great everyday drinker for the home-cooking hunter.