This is a big, luscious wine with lots of flavors that’s easy to buy in U.S. grocery stores. You can probably find it for $13.(!!)
A corkscrew from a company called HiCoup is a terrific upgrade over anything I’ve experienced before.
Why? This makes pulling a cork easy. Who knew that one corkscrew could be easier to use than another?
Continue reading HiCoup Corkscrew: A Fourteen Dollar, Very Expensive, New Favorite
This is a superb, expensive wine — I paid $66 on sale — from E. Guigal (gee-gall), 96% syrah and 4% viognier. Cote-Rotie is at the north end of the Cotes du Rhone. Cote-Rotie is among the fanciest places for wine. If you are fancy-wine-curious, this is an awesome choice: complex, primal, sensual, and fairly easy to find at good wine stores or online.
Luscious beyond the 14% alcohol, the viognier boosts the richness of the feel. Acidity is almost non-existent. The tannin is noticeable. Mostly, though: there’s a *lot* of earthy, primal flavor.
This is an expensive wine, but the extra dollars are rewarded. There is so much flavor and body and structure going on that it’s hard to notice it all at once. Take a sip and meditate on it for a while.
On my raid on Calvert Woodley, $13 bought me an E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone wine (on sale). It’s not intended to be super-fancy, but it’s an experience.
See Wine Folly’s “Styles of Port and Their Pairings“. Tip: Late Bottle Vintage ports will keep a few weeks in the refrigerator after opening, while Tawny ports can last a month.
As a Great Big Reds lover, I thirst for knowledge of big, luscious wines. WineFolly.com’s got the goods.
WineFolly.com is a cheerful, beginner-friendly website with a very pleasant design and lots of short articles on all kinds of wines and things wine-related. The attitude is young and fun. The articles range from short, easy introductions all the way to long, yet very clear explanations of the complexities of wine, wine making, and wine enjoying. They are published as a blog with a few new posts each week.
Team Great Big Reds puts the wine first. Here’s what we mean by that: we’re looking for Great Big Reds that are great to drink on their own. We want to sit down — before a meal, at a meal, after a meal, or with no meal in sight — and have a glass of wine that has so much flavor on its own that it’s worth writing home about… or writing a blog post about… or telling the story to future generations and passing it on to their children.
Did you know you can make a Great Big Reds wine tour south of San Francisco? Yes, you can!
South of San Francisco — around Santa Cruz — if someone makes wine it’s nearly always pinot noir and/or chardonnay, with a fair amount of cab s. thrown into the mix.
But in August we put together an excellent wine tour for Great Big Reds.
Great Big Reds Spotting
At your neighborhood grocery store, or even a convenience store, how do you spot full-bodied Great Big Reds?
Most large grocery stores near me have wine sections. The red wine section is usually endless shelves of cabernet sauvignon, then merlot and pinot noir, and some even have shelves of malbec. It can feel lonely for the Great Big Reds shopper.
But there may be one small section that has everything else… syrah, zinfandel, petite syrah, and blends.
What makes Great Big Reds, so Great and so Big?