Two words – pleasantly surprised. I bought this $10 bottle of Zinfandel because the name was kind of corny and I had very few expectations. C’mon, let’s face it, when a name is odd it makes you want to buy it just to try it. That’s how this week’s wine got its shot.
I poured this wine through an aerator into my glass and tried to smell the vanilla, plum and coffee aromas the bottle describes. I did not smell any except maybe the plum at first. I immediately tasted the berry and chocolate flavors the label said I should. The interesting thing is, since I was cooking while tasting, the wine sat on the counter for a while before I went back for a second drink. During those 10 or so minutes, it really opened up and I smelled and tasted vanilla. The wine actually mellowed in that short amount of time.
Overall, I really enjoyed this corny-named gem. When I went to the website to find out more about the wine, I discovered it was from Ravenswood Winery in Geyserville, CA. For the price of around $10 it’s a nice bargain for those who like a Zinfandel.
Price: Around $10
As I mentioned, I am a red wine drinker. Chardonnay is one of my least favorite kinds of wine – especially the buttery tasting ones. I wanted to make sure I got a Chardonnay that I could actually drink so I went to my favorite wine shop – Tutto Vino – and had my friend Raj pick a Chardonnay that didn’t make me gag. I let him know I needed a crisp wine that didn’t have that “wang” that lingers on your tongue. He did a nice job on this selection.
This wine had a citrus and apple aroma. The first thought that came to mind was lemon Pledge – but it was much more pleasant. The taste was true to the smell – not the Pledge part, the citrus and apple part. It was crisp and non-buttery (thank goodness). It was more sweet than I anticipated for a Chardonnay, but not overly sweet. If I had to drink a Chardonnay, this one would be a good option.
Recommend: Yes (for a fruity Chardonnay)
Price: $17.00 at Tutto Vino (www.tutto-vino.com)
A special thanks goes out to my friend Raj for picking a nice wine for this week’s tasting. Those of you who live in the Central Ohio area and have not been to Tutto Vino in Dublin, they have a great selection of wine in their cellar and a great Bistro.
This week’s wine was one that a friend received from being a member of the vineyard’s wine club. Viansa Winery is in Sonoma and offers a wide variety of wines to choose from.
This Cab was smooth, really smooth. The label said that one could expect blueberries and toffee; I didn’t taste that. I tasted blackberries and licorice. While it wasn’t overly sweet, it didn’t have the ‘punch’ that I like in my Cabernets. We had this wine with red velvet cake and it actually paired really well.
Recommend: Not for the price.
Price: $40 according to the website.
This wine got a shot because it had horses on the label. I know that’s goofy but those who know me understand the relevance.
The main word I would use to describe this wine is ‘soft’. When I pulled the cork it was really pale which made me raise an eyebrow. The aroma had slight hints of cherry and berry, but not too fruity. The label said there should be oak detected in the smell but I did not notice it. The flavor was light for a merlot, again with cherries in the background. It was not as fruity as I expected – a pleasant surprise If you like a milder merlot, this is a pretty good pick.
Recommend: Yes, if you like merlots on the lighter side.