I’m a sucker for a good glass of wine, but unfortunately I’m not a fount of knowledge about the stuff. I tend to go into wine stores and talk to the owners about what they recommend. That usually ends up pretty pricey and frustrating, since I also have a quest to find good wine for ten bucks or under and that’s difficult when you’re at a good wine shop.
At restaurants, if I have a great glass, I try and remember the bottle to buy for future reference. This rarely works out. Maybe I have early onset Alzheimers or something, but I hardly ever buy the wine I find in restaurants, because I forget the names. I also tend to shop at Trader Joe’s and it’s pretty much a guessing experiment on what label looks best. Where is all this going you may wonder?
Well, I’m doing an experiment. I’m buying a different wine each week at Trader Joe’s and giving it the taste test. I’m going to try to stay in the ten dollar range. This week I hit pay dirt cuz I tried the Castoro Cellars Syrah and it was great. It’s $9.99 and for that price, I didn’t expect so much. It has a warm, rich flavor and a decent amount of body. I’d definitely buy it again because it was so easy to drink. It’s not super complex, but nicely smooth and drinkable.
BTW: If you have any favorites for me to check out…. chime in!