As I begin my blog journey, I’ve been trying to find what topics I want to cover and what I would like to share with the world. So, I made a list: affordable clothing, affordable things, recipes, cocktails and wine. I don’t necessarily have the funds to make cocktails every single week, nor the creativity to make anything other than a gin martini or gin & tonic. So, I came up with this! Wine Wednesday (working title)!
This past summer lead me to my new found love of red wine. Trust me, I know. Red wine and summertime don’t normally mix, right? I was so sick of the horrible tasting pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc I kept accidentally buying (think…cat piss), that one day I just bought a red blend and the rest is history! So that leads me here. I have not bought a bottle of wine that costs more than $12 ever. And I think the same is true for the rest of the 23 year olds living in their childhood bedroom! I wanted to make a comprehensive (I’ll get there) wine list for those of us who need a glass of pinot noir after working 9-5 and attempting to go to the gym at 5:30 just to come home at 6:15. For those of us who make dinner twice a week in leiu of paying $900 in rent to live in the big city near your childhood home. We WILL find you a nice pairing for that spaghetti with jarred red sauce that you jazzed up with some fresh garlic and a bagged salad.
And no, this is not an excuse for me to drink a new wine every week. I could do that sans blog, my friends!
Wine Name: Apothic Red
Price: $7.99 at Trader Joes
Type: Blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, and Merlot
First Impression: SWEET! Oh baby, is this wine sweet for a red. I semi-regretted buying this, because I had it prior to this bottle and thought the same thing. I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to be able to finish the bottle without complaining and regretting the entire purchase. (Ironically, the song playing right now is “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, I’ll chalk that one up to google reading my blog!!) Final thoughts: The second time having this wine, I had two small glasses. It’s definitely something I can stomach better expecting to have a sweeter wine. It’s dry enough, so it doesn’t leave your mouth wanting the dry feeling. (If you know, you know.) You can taste the blackberry and plum notes, again, the sugar! It’s the kind of wine you could drink without a snack, but I do not recommend with 13% alcohol. If you’re new to sweet wines, or like moscato and need to branch out- this is for you! Also please note- some people will turn their nose up at red blends, because they are sometimes a mix of leftover grapes. I take it this way…all the wines were SO GOOD they wanted to use all of them up. It’s a more optimistic philosophy!
Food Pairing: Pasta with Marinara Sauce (wouldn’t be too overbearing since it’s so sweet), or Pizza! I think the sweet tomato sauces would compliment the wine. Would also be a good wine for a cheese plate! Possibly a good dessert wine, but I would never dare put that much sugar in my body at once.
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
I am nowhere near an expert on this, please remember that! If you’ve ever tried this wine, let me know though. I’d love to hear your thoughts.