Wine Wednesday is where we discuss wines we’ve recently enjoyed, or not enjoyed, as the case may be. Because we are not wine experts, these “reviews” will be written in the typical B.S. style. We don’t take ourselves, or our wine, too seriously but hope you’ll enjoy our perspectives and maybe find a new bottle of wine to enjoy.
This week’s Wine Wednesday is courtesy of Winc, a wine matching and delivery service we recently tried. Winc lets you spend less time searching for great wine, and more time drinking it. We really enjoyed our first delivery. Let’s just say that as we’ve been preparing for the move, they’ve come in mighty handy.
We loved the variety of wines from our first shipment, but even if we hadn’t Winc has that covered. Satisfaction is guaranteed and you never have to pay for a bottle you don’t like. Now if that’s not good service, I don’t know what is.
Chommie Pinotage 2016
Of the four wines we received, I was most intrigued to try the Pinotage. I’ve had a few over the years, but my experience with this varietal is very limited. The popular South African grape is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. But even though it’s related to Pinot Noir, don’t expect a light-bodied wine in your glass. This wine was a deep, dark purple and boasted notes of dark cherry and leather on the nose. The Chommie Pinotage features tart cherry notes on the front, with a robust and herbaceous finish.
B.S. Bottom Line: Although Pinotage often gets a bad reputation for being over-produced and overly-acidic, this version is complex and incredibly food friendly. It would be a great barbecue wine!
Rogue Admirals Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
While Cabernet Sauvignon is a grape with which we’re all intimately familiar, I haven’t had many from Australia. This wine was made with grapes from select single vineyards across Australia’s Limestone Coast, known for its limestone-based red soil ideally suited for producing rich, bold red wines. This was a nice earthy wine, with a chocolaty berry finish. I didn’t love it quite as much as the other wines in our box, but it was a wonderful pairing with a simple steak dinner.
B.S. Bottom Line: Australia is all about Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz, the Cabs are worth a try too!
Funk Zone Rosé 2016
Now rosé, I know. Some people tend to turn their nose up at California rosés, but I’ve long been a fan. The 2016 Funk Zone blend is made predominately from Grenache grapes out of Santa Barbara County. This is a pretty traditional dry fruit-forward rosé, but it’s made completely vegan which is a nice added bonus.
B.S. Bottom Line: I’m glad to have tried this. I enjoyed it, but will probably look to different California rosés in the future.
Porter & Plot Pinot Noir 2014
So I used to be pretty anti-Pinot Noir. I preferred more full-bodied wines and didn’t really dig the mineral notes in most Pinot Noirs. I’ve been completely converted over the years, but California Pinots really helped me get on board as they tend to exhibit some of the features of bolder wines in conjuction with the soft, supple nature of Pinot Noir. This Porter & Plot Pinot is a great example of that happy marriage.
B.S. Bottom Line: Whether you love or hate Pinot Noir, this bottle is versatile enough to wine you over. Have it with penne pasta and goat cheese with grilled chicken.
We really enjoyed tasting our way through our first Winc box and are looking forward to the next! If you want to try it, click here for $22 off your first order (or use the code badsentences). Be sure to let me know what you think!
Winc provided us with a free initial shipment in exchange for our honest review. We are paying for an additional shipment on our own because we’ve enjoyed the service. Unfortunately, Winc cannot ship to all states. Check here to see if your state is eligible.
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