Actually, there were only about five that I knew I bombed on (one being so elementary that anyone who could spell Two Buck Chuck would slap me).
Between studying for every test on earth and being in the middle of a major IT/web project at The Day Job™, I have had nothing remotely approaching a social life.
The Smith & Hook was far too rambunctious and showed its youth. Wait. Let's back up. Did I really say that?!?
Warning! The word "geek" or the phrase "geek out" appears a lot in this review. Because I geeked out over a lot of stuff.
They are always amazed as I text (using Siri and hands free – I practice safe text) things such as “I can’t believe the traffic on Flamingo! I’m stuck here at Caesar’s Palace!”
It's one of a new type of wine from a maverick group of winemakers who are taking traditional grapes and doing very untraditional things with them.
My search has taken me to several go-to favorites including Costco, Trader Joe's, Fresh and Easy, and even - shock! - Whole Foods. (Motto: Why Pay Less?)
Until these last few bottles, this had been one of my go-to "daily drinkers," one of those wines you pop, pour, and don't need to ponder over.
There's no way that you'd confuse it with one of its Burgundian cousins; it is quintessentially California, and it wears its California style proudly.
It's based on a scale that I can hang with; the usual wine rating systems award 50 points just for being wine. So if the wine really stinks, it still gets 50 points!
I hope to be able to unveil the new look on August 31, leaving the Labor Day morning for tweaking and then barbecuing later. Of course!
But when a pet quality wine being touted as a potential Best In Show winner, then something has gone awry somewhere.