I like red wine, and my favorites are Zins. Lush, jammy, fruity Zins. And the one that literally makes me smack my lips is Rombauer Zinfandel. Unfortunately, it’s almost $29 a bottle at our local liquor store so it’s saved for special occasions. My birthday, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve. Selling a script…still waiting to open a bottle for that reason. Having a best selling novel…still waiting. Finishing the third book in my Caribbean romantic paranormal series…that might actually happen in the spring and there’s a bottle of Rombauer waiting in the wine fridge.
My husband usually drinks white wine and he’s quite happy with Yellow Tail Chardonnay which is cheap. So I’ve been looking for something cheaper to drink since I usually have a glass of red every night with dinner. Medicinal, I tell myself.
So on the idea that wine is like art…you know what you like, I visited Town and Country Liquors. Near the front door there are always cases of wine and nothing is more than $11. I wondered if I could find a decent red, that I liked, in that price range. My director friend, Talley Wilford, works there. (When you’re a writer or a director you need a day job unless you’re retired from income producing employment like me.) So I asked Talley for some recommendations. This is what he came up with and I did a wine tasting.
I opened all three bottles and let them breathe. The Dancing Bull had an odd after taste. I couldn’t figure out what it was, but I didn’t like it. The Zin Your Face was a little better, but had the same after taste. The third bottle, 19 Crimes, was the best of the lot, but I now had three open bottles of red wine that I really didn’t want to drink. None of them had the fruity, jammy flavor I wanted. Sorry, Talley. What to do?
My solution was to add a little Creme de Cassis to each glass. It took me awhile to finish off those three bottles. Some big splashes (without the Cassis) went into a pot of red sauce I was making.
While I had the Cassis out, I wondered if I could add a little to a glassful of Pelligrino. Voila! A nice treat without the calories of wine.
My husband went back to Town and Country and stocked up on St. Francis Zinfandel. It has to be the Old Vines. Not as cheap as the $10 bottles, but I didn’t have to add Cassis. And not as expensive as the Rombauer.
If you’re a red wine person, tell me what your favorites are. And if you are a wine snob and hate the idea of somebody putting Cassis in wine think Kir.