Wine Wednesday!

And what better way to celebrate the return of Wine Wednesday than with a bottle of 74 CENT wine! Yes, you read that correctly. A while back, I hit the Target clearance aisle jackpot and managed to score two bottles of Sterling‘s Merlot, which normally retails for $12, for only 74 cents each! You can’t beat that deal, folks.

the proof

For that kind of deal I would have picked up whatever it was and just used it for cooking wine if nothing else, but we’ve had the Sterling wines before and they’re perfectly decent table wines that can accompany your dinner. This bottle was a 2009 Vintner’s Collection from California and was quite pleasant.

My notes:

  • color- dark red, light purple
  • scent- berries, woody, acidic
  • taste- woody, grassy, dark fruit (plum) aftertaste

The professionals: “Our 2008 Merlot combines the classic offerings of this varietal in a smooth, complex, fruit-intensive style. Bright aromas of black cherry and plum hold through the senses as they join ripe, chewy tannins on the palate. The fruit is complemented by ample caramel, mocha and toasty oak from extensive aging in new American oak barrels. With layered depths and silky body, this versatile wine is appropriate for many occasions, as a stand-alone sipper or paired with a variety of dishes, including roasted chicken, pasta or pork.”– from the winemakers themselves

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Wine Wednesday!

wine wednesday, rex goliath, merlot

A weekday wine you won’t break the bank on. Rex Goliath brand wines are great everyday drinking wines. They’re readily available, cheap, and pretty darn good for an under $10 bottle. I usually have a bottle or two of different varieties on hand for random nights when I’m not really looking to pair a bottle with food or anything, just would like a glass to sip while I’m reading or watching tv. This particular bottle was a Merlot, but you can’t really go wrong with any of their varietals.

My notes:

  • color- light purple
  • scent- fruit-filled, cherry
  • light body
  • smooth, easily drinkable
  • berry flavors with floral undertones

And how does Rex describe their own wines? “Mouth-filling flavors of plums, cherries and wild red berries dominate from start to finish. Soft, supple and complex. Pretty and seductive with a decidedly spicy nose of black cherry, cassis and cedar.”