So my test has been delayed a week so I can attend my cousin’s wedding in New York. I fly out in the morning tomorrow; and since I’m the photographer I should have tons of photos when I return. I’ve also book quite a few wine related events before and after the wedding so I’m hoping for an eventful trip and a lot of content for my little ol blog.
So, since it’s the night before….and I’m all packed…why not crack open a bottle(s) from the stash! Today I’m profiling two wines. One staple, and one interesting red. First up Charles Shaw Merlot.
Anyone that lives near a Trader Joes should know about Charles Shaw Merlot (aka $2 buck chuck) an inexpensive red drinkable wine. Charles Shaw is a wine producer in California. I picked up the 2008 vintage which is readily available.
Although I classify Charles Shaw Merlot as a drinkable red keep in mind it has low sugar, and fruit, and subsequently high Acid and Tannin Wine drinkers that prefer Riesling, Chapagne, and Prosecco may not care for this Merlot. You can expect a fish and seaweed aroma, and hints of carrots, tangerine, oak, and pears on the palate
All in all and at $2.99 I think Charles Shaw Merlot is a great buy for those on a budget (like me). Pair it with something sweet like taffy or dark chocolate truffles with caramel.
The next wine is a fun red wine from the Piedmont region of Italy (I swear I have to move to this place The Wine is called Sweet Baby Sweet Red Wine and as the label warns it’s a very sweet and fruity red wine a nice sparkle and low acid and tannin. You can expect a sangria colored red wine, with a bouquet of fresh green grapes and cherries. You will taste hints of tangerine, cherries, and cardboard. I recommend Sweet Baby Sweet Red Wine to wine drinkers of all experience levels This wine is enjoyed best alone.
The Charles Shaw Merlot can be picked up at Trader Joes, and The Bosio Sweet Red Wine can be picked up at Whole Foods for $8.99. Check out these two wines and let me know what you think.