I didn't realize when I purchased the 2011 Plungerhead Zin a few weeks ago that it was made by The Other Guys, whose mission, it seems, is to make good wines at everyman prices.
I've spent some time reading the varying opinions of winemakers, wine growers, bloggers, columnists, ad nauseum, and finally decided to jump into the fray myself.
Jocularity and minds-in-the-gutter snickering aside, I want to talk about my first time with specific types and varietals of wines and the impact that they made on my wine-loving experience.
On the nose I detected a whiff of watermelon interspersed with strawberries and beach. Yeah, beach. Think northern California beach, early morning, breezy and cool. Just a whiff of *that.*
Alex gave me a look and said, "You lost him?!? With THAT hat?!?" And it's been an ongoing inside chuckle ever since!
This is one of the most expansive wine trails, but once you're in "the neighborhood," you don't have to go far to get to the next one. In a word, Explore!
People, like grapes, come in all colors. And like grapes, can sometimes be surprising with their personalities, characteristics, and the way that other people perceive them.
It tasted like cherry soda that had passed by a wine barrel while picking up nuances of Skittles.
Well, now that the end of the world is nigh, I figured that I may as well find something that's worth drinking while the Earth is exploding (or we're being invaded by aliens, Zombies have attacked, the waters have flooded the desert, blah blah blah. Or whatever).
Paso Robles has the best Zinfandel. Period. Everybody else is fine, but for a full appreciation of this singularly American-style grape, Paso Robles has everyone beat. By a mile. (yes, yes, I know. Primitivo. I got it.)
I'm going to be 60 my next birthday. Do I want to spend a gazillion dollars for a wine that will be good enough to drink in ten or more years, possibly "peaking" in 25? Uh. No.
The fifth annual HenderZIN was held, as usual, at the parking lot at Khoury's at 9915 S. Eastern in Henderson. OF COURSE I had to be there! Of course I had to take pictures! Of course!