Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wine 5: Oak Leaf Vineyards

As a mother of a five year old my life is chock full of stress inducing moments, a wood chip embedded into my son's sock can easily derail the entire morning, this is why an inexpensive bottle of wine is a staple in my wine rack. By no means do I limit how essential the inexpensive bottle of wine is exclusively to mothers, there are bad bosses, traffic, and long lines full of people with more than ten items in the express line at the market that we all have to contend with, inexpensive wine is vital to us all.  With these reasons in mind I would like to express my new found admiration for Oak Leaf Vineyards wines which have fulfilled my need of a glass of red on many a random week night.

The Oak Leaf wines are available at Wal-Mart for the extremely reasonable price of $1.97 (in California) in ten varieties, yes ten different wines to choose from. I have passed over a few of the wines such as a Sweet Red and Sweet White, but have purchased the Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and the Merlot.  Here's the the deal with the Oak Leaf, it is middle of the road, beige, standard issue, there is no big moment of wine bliss bottled under the synthetic cork.  The two stand out winners of the Oak Leaf varieties are the Sauvignon Blanc, which has a hint of fresh pear, and the Merlot with it's slight black cherry flavor, either of these are suitable for company (preferably company you know very well).  The truth is the Oak Leaf wine is on the thin side, my husband complains about it's unfortunate watery pour, and the flavor is not knocking any one's socks off, BUT for two dollars it is a great week night alternative to a bottle of wine within the five to ten dollar range (honestly I have had twelve dollar bottles that are not as good as the Oak Leaf).

Next time your at the Wal-Mart for toothpaste, socks, and sinus medication pick up a bottle of the Oak Leaf Vineyards wine, I do not think you will feel that you wasted those hard earned two dollars.