(Part of an ongoing series)
I’ve been on a mission to find good wines for under ten dollars, specifcally at Trader Joe’s since that’s where I shop the most. My most recent try was “Novella 03”. Truthfully, shallow as it sounds, I was once again attracted by the label (an ongoing problem in my life). The name ‘Novella’ reminded me of literary aspirations and the fetching female beckoned me with her grapes… and it only cost $7.99, so it definately fit with the program. I was pretty pleased when the guy at the counter told me that this wine was an underground secret at Trader Joe’s. It’s supposedly from Eos Vineyard in Paso Robles, which has pretty good reds, but because it was a blend, they couldn’t make it a vintage (03). So they relabled it specifically for Trader Joe’s to move it. That was the story anyway. It made me excited to try it, thinking I was getting a steal!
I served it last night when some friends dropped by and we all agreed, it was pretty nice. It tasted very berry like. I got a strong undertone of blueberry’s, which got much more subtler as the night went on. I always wonder about that…. am I just getting tipsy… or is the wine really tasting better and smoother?
Anyway, once again, a winner for under ten dollars! If you have any suggestions, I’m open. I’m getting ready to work my way through last week’s offerings and would love more!