Monday, March 18, 2013

Wine 4: Recas Cabernet Sauvignon
While making my way up and down the abundance of wine aisles at the Total Wine store in Northridge, looking for my next new bottle of wine to review, I was overwhelmed by the typical locations that are generally showcased; California, Chile, Argentina.  So I was surprised when I saw the label of my chosen wine for this review listed its origins as Romania, yes, Romania. Needless to say I was interested and in keeping with my intended purpose of this blog the priced was under ten dollars, around $5.99, so I committed to the Romania Cab, "Recas".

After twisting off the cap of the Recas Cab I poured a nice dark, deep burgundy glass of wine, and smelled the aroma of this very foreign wine.  The smell is sweet and spicy, very similar to the flavor which starts with a strong pleasant taste of vanilla and ends with just the right amount of spiciness. The Recas Cabernet Sauvignon is a great wine to serve to friends and especially in mixed company of red wine drinkers. The origin of the bottle is interesting enough to be a great conversation starter when you offer a bottle Recas as a hostess gift.

All in all, I recommend giving the Recas Cabernet Sauvignon a chance, I do not think you would be disappointed.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Week 3: Pacific Peak

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A very sad thing happened in the world of wine drinking mothers on a budget, Two Buck Chuck (aka Charles Shaw), has changed to Two-Fifty Buck Chuck, not only does it not have as nice of a ring to the title any longer, but a case of wine is now thirty dollars (previously under twenty-five).  With this heart breaking news I found myself on the hunt for an under five dollar replacement wine, or as I refer to these bottom shelf wines, my "Tuesday" night bottle.  My "Tuesday" night bottle of wine is the bottle that if I open and only have a small glass I don't mind leaving the open bottle with the cork in it on the counter for a day or two, no big money loss if it is not fresh enough to finish the next time I am looking for a glass.

Luckily I found a replacement bottle of "Tuesday" night wine, Pacific Peak, at the Total Wine and More.  The store offered three varieties of Pacific Peak, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, and (this is the good part) the bottles are priced at $1.87 a bottle.  The bottles and cardboard cases state they are Eco-Friendly as they are made from a lighter material, as well as the company uses a synthetic cork that is easier to recycle.  So far so good, great price and sustainability, next is taste.  Truthfully I am not going to get too specific per wine variety, the facts are that each type taste like a version of what it should be, the reds are mild and difficult to tell apart from one another and the white is fine.

Pacific Peak is what it is, an inexpensive glass of wine, I would not it serve to company with a meal I am proud of, but for a girlfriend who I shared in the buzz of Coors Light tall cans in the past, Pacific Peak would be a great companion.