“What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.” — Oscar Wilde
Sometimes as a wine writer, with all the wine samples you receive, you forget the actual value of wine. When you don’t pay for much wine, you get jaded. Thank god for my wine buying buddies to bring me back to earth. Once I brought half-a-dozen bottles for a casual tasting with friends. After several bottles, I cracked open a wine that yielded universal approval. When the price of $39 was revealed, Eve shook her head. “Nope. No deal.” I said I thought she liked it. “I do. It’s just one of my favorite wines is $20, and I gauge all wines based on that. This is good, but I’d rather have two bottles.” Light-bulb. On.
We all like to think money isn’t an object, but it always is. Whether you’re allocating your funds for something else, or if you only have a single Hamilton to your name, Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel is a good bet to satisfy your wine craving. This is a consistently reliable quaff with great jammy blackberry, raspberry and peppery notes. And you have to smile at the Ravenswood motto: “No wimpy wines.” I love pairing it with a grilled burger and steak fries.
The details: 13.5%. Cork closure. Appellation: California. The blend is a mix of 76% zinfandel, 9% carignane, 8% petite sirah and 7% mixed blacks (whatever that means). This was purchased at BevMo! For $8 USD. Available nationwide from $6-10.
The music match is “Black Balloon” by the Goo Goo Dolls from the album Dizzy Up the Girl.
This is the Wine Harlots entry to the Wine Ophelia Cheap Wines Challenge.