June 15, 2007

Bonny Doon Blagueur Syrah 2005

We love it when our readers speak up, so we were very happy when we got this email from David telling us about a Bonny Doon wine we've never had before. It sounds really interesting, and after reading what he had to say about it we figure this wine really lives up to its name (blagueur is french for "trickster").

Try the Bonny Doon Syrah 2005 Blageur (means clown), it’s $5.99 at Trader Joe’s. Do this experiment though: open it, it’s a screw top – a plus – try one glass. Take good notes. Then close it up and try it the next day after some air gets to it. It’s a world different. I note viognier which was totally absent the day before. It might be too young and need another year, but for the price and the way it tastes left over it’s worth twice the price.
Note: The only label image we could find was for the 2004; David goes on to advise that 2005 was when they started using California Syrah instead of French wine...if it ain't 2005 it ain't gonna work like this. Thanks for the tip, David - keep reading and keep sipping.

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June 13, 2007

Red Truck, Pink Truck... truck, drink truck. It sounds like a Dr. Seuss rhyme, but this is serious stuff - two quality wines (a red and a rose) that both cost around $10 and both have something to do with trucks. We haven't tried the pink, but we bought some of the Red Truck for a friend who happens to have a red pick-up, and were pleasantly surprised, especially for the price and the locale where we bought it (a gas station).

Medium-bodied and complex, flavors of chocolate, berries, cherries and licorice abound. The black pepper finish settles with smooth tannins. You can drink red truck anywhere, anytime (it pairs well with pizza and tomato based dishes). And for you die-hard Cline fans, take it for a spin and floor it baby, metaphorically speaking of course!
Cline 2003 Red Truck - Red Wine

Pink Truck is a classic wine with a very sophisticated twist. This exceptional new blend exhibits berry and citrus aromas and strawberry, raspberry and pomegranate flavors that tantalize the palate. Juicy orange notes make for a delicious, bright finish — a refreshingly complex wine crafted in a balanced off-dry style. A WELL-CRAFTED BLEND OF: Zinfandel, Grenache, Mourvedre
Red Truck Winery 2006 Pink Truck - Rose Rose Wine

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