Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wine That's Fun

It's easy to get caught up in the serious side of wine, drinking only top flight wines and bemoaning the fools with their Two Buck Chuck. I'm actually not one of those wine enthusiasts, enjoying my Charles Shaw on occasion (it ranges from sublime to ridiculous, depending on the bottling). While I'm not comparing these as equal experiences, sometimes it's okay to find the fun and humor in wine, for it to be about enjoying what's in the glass and not thinking too much about it. Lately, I've been receiving wine samples that fall along this end of the spectrum. Here are a few of them.

Fun Wines

2012 Downton Abbey Bordeaux Claret - I'll admit off the bat that I've never seen this show, nor wanted to, though I was a huge fan of Masterpiece Theater growing up and it should be right up my alley. This Bordeaux blend, made up of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Malbec grapes sourced from the Entre-Deux-Mers region in France is a nice, simple blend. Earth and bright berry aromas lead into a dark fruit and forest floor palate, well-balanced and easy to drink. Okay on its own, better with food. At a SRP of $17, this is a decent buy. Cork closure and 13% ABV.

Stack Wines is a bottle of wine separated into four unbreakable, stemless wine "glasses." Each is 187ml of wine and available in Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Red Blend. I received the Chardonnay and the Red Blend and was amazed at how light each 4 pack was. The plastic cover keeps the glasses together, along with each glass being stuck to the one(s) next to it. The wines were decent, on the sweeter side for my palate, and, at a SRP of $13, not bad for a bottle of wine that is so portable. Stack Wines are ideal for picnics, hiking, or camping.

Fifty Shades of Grey Red Satin: Primarily Petite Sirah and Syrah; aged in a combination of new and neutral French oak barrels; dark fruit, vanilla, and spice aromas; cherry, cocoa, vanilla, and spice flavors; 13.5% ABV; cork closure; SRP $18.

VOGA Italia's Red Fusion: 65% Zinfandel and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon; earth, dark fruit, and subtle floral aromas;  dark berry, cherry, bright red fruit, and floral flavors; plenty of tannins mean a dry finish; twist-off closure; SRP $12. I'll admit the packaging was off-putting to me, as the bottle resembles a can of hair spray, in my opinion (maybe I'm just showing my age).

So I promise you some people will look down on these wines as gimmicks or unworthy of your attention, but sometimes wine should just be fun, and these wines fit the bill.

These wines were received for review purposes - all opinions are my own.

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