Wine, Wine, Wine

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So…due to deadlines I’m republishing my wine blog I wrote last year.  But I love hearing from you guys, so do let me know what your favorite wine is.  In a couple of weeks, I’ll share with you some of my other favorite wines.

Wine, Wine, Wine.

I admit it.  I’m a wine lover.  No, I’m not one of those true wine lovers who keep a second refrigerator just for my wine.  And I haven’t even considered putting in a wine cellar, or renting one yet.  But nothing finishes off a day like a glass of aged grape juice.  I mean, I write about murder, mayhem and sex, so I’m worn out by the end of the day.   I need something to help me wind down.    And what better way to do it than by sipping a glass of wine?

This isn’t new for me.   I’ve been enjoying my glass of something red in the evenings for several years.  True, I’m mostly a red fan.  Now, I can appreciate a good Chardonnay.   But I’ll go for a red before a white most every time.  And it’s not about what I’m eating.  It’s that warm finish I get from a really layered and complex glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.  However, this last couple of years, I’ve experimented and stretched my wine pallet.

We joined WineStyles, a wine club here in Spring, Texas, where we go and taste some of the finest wines from all over the world.  For a monthly fee, (a very reasonable fee—remember, I’m married to a very frugal Scottish guy with short arms and deep pockets) we get two bottles of nice wine, at a reduction of the original cost.  So I’ve spent a lot of time sipping, savoring, and sampling some pricey bottles.  Much to my husband’s concern, because some of them I’ve really liked.

“How much is this?” I’ll ask my WineStyles attendant pouring the tastings.  I never ask unless I like it.  And if it’s over twenty, my husband’s brow wrinkles.  If it’s over thirty, it brings out a full-fledged frown.  If it’s over fifty, he reaches for his chest.  For those bottles over a hundred, I just wake him up from his dead faint when it’s time to leave.

Ahh, but the truth is that some of those pricey bottles of wine have left me wishing I had a spit bucket like in the Sideways movie.  Basically, wine is a lot like art.  What appeals to one person may not appeal to someone else.  And price isn’t always the best way to judge the quality of a good wine.  Or shall I say, price isn’t always the best way to judge the wine that appeals to me.  Unfortunately, my hubby will tell you that “inexpensive” isn’t the best way to judge my pallet either.   Poor fellow, it’s hard being married to a wine lover when your tastes runs more toward Strawberry Boones Farm.

However, being a writer and a lover of words, I’m big on the wine names.   If the name of a wine draws my attention, I’ll pull it from the shelf and read the label.  Not that reading the label does a whole heck of a lot for me.

For some reason wine makers like to add things like…It brings to the pallet the flavor of grass.  Or things like…a finish with tobacco, earth, and sweet oak.  Maybe it’s just me, but some of those descriptions turn me off.  It’s been a while since I’ve gnawed on a blade of grass, chewed tobacco, or ate dirt.  And I wouldn’t know the different flavor of a sweet oak to a sour one.  I just know what I like.  But needless to say, I’m still drawn to wines with usual names.   And if they aren’t in the bad expression to the fainting price range, I’ll give them a try.

Here are three that I brought home: Bitch, Ass Kisser, and Working Girl White Can you tell what kind of mood I was in?

Thankfully, none of these wines puckered my husband’s brow with their price tags.   And they all turned out to be enjoyable wines.   However, for what it’s worth, I did rate them.

Because I like a bold red, with lots of fruit flavors, and a nice finish, my number one, the favorite of these was . . . pucker up for this one:  the Ass Kisser.  It’s South Australian–this wine is 59% Shiraz and 41% Grenache.  Anyway, Ass Kisser has lots of fruit flavors, it’s bold, and to me, it has a hint of chocolate.  Now you see, I know what all that tastes like.

My second place winner of the three was Bitch.  And the name sounds better if you say it from deep in your throat and with meaning.  This one is a product of Spain, Grenache Aragon.  It’s sweet, light, and has notes of strawberry and raspberry.

The third place winner, and it may not be fair because I am a red wine lover, was Working Girl White.  It’s 60% Chardonnay and 40% Riesling, which makes it very smooth, sweet, and refreshing.

So, there you have it, a little wine education from a not overly educated wine drinker.  So . . . do tell. Do I have some wine drinking readers out there?  What’s your favorite wine?  Are you a real connoisseur or just know what you like?  Is Boones Farms your choice of grape juice?  Come on, share—especially if you have a great wine with a funny or unique name.


5 thoughts on “Wine, Wine, Wine

  1. I’ve learned to enjoy wine this past year too. A nice glass of mead is my favorite in the evening. If that’s not available, then I’ll go for a glass of moscato. I enjoy the bubbly sensation and the sweet fruit flavors that tickle the throat. So nice and relaxing. However, with all wines…I’ve learned that they’re best with a nice gentleman sitting across from me smiling over his glass. Thanks, Christie!

  2. Sorry not much of a wine drinker, gives me headaches. I will drink a few wine coolers of something like that. I had my neighbor get me a bottle from a local winnery a while back and I really tried to drink it but every time I did I would have a headache so I gave the bottle back to my neighbor. It was about a twenty dollar wine.

  3. OK, like you I do enjoy a glass of wine. I’m more of a red wine lover, but do like Rose’s. Not much on white, there are a few I’ve tried that haven’t been to bad. Had to laugh that you rated Working Girl 3rd. We had a women’s show in Seattle and there was a wine tasting center. I did not like the Working Girl at all, either red or white. My friends laugh because I do choose wines sometimes by the name on the bottle.
    Have you tried Bandit. It comes in a little carton (almost looks like an orange juice carton). Very inexpensive but the Cab is really good. I bring this with me when I’m go on little trips, it’s easy to pack. Also, if you attend outdoor concerts in the park it’s easy to sneak pass the people checking bags you are bringing in. (Yes, I’ve done this on more than one occasion)

  4. Traditionally home-made, wine coolers have been bottled and sold by commercial distributors since the early 1980s, especially in areas where their lower alcohol content causes them to come under less restrictive laws than wine itself. Because most of the flavor in the wine is obscured by the fruit and sugar, the wine used in wine coolers tends to be of the cheapest available grade. .

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