Tonight is babysitting night: an irregular feature in my life that is always a special treat. The child I tend to is at a very fun age (3), is generally precocious and lovely, and has very cool parents who happen to be both friends and colleagues (sort of. It’s complicated.).
My night, thus far, has consisted of: safely transporting R from daycare to home, feeding her, bathing her, and putting her to bed; finishing my book (Camilla Gibb’s Sweetness in the Belly, which you can expect a blogpost about soon); playing Mario Bros (the original!) on a cartridge with no capacity for saving; and drinking some Bear Flag red. Oh! And trying to keep a very sneaky pup from sleeping on her people’s bed. Who am I kidding though: she is actually just conked right out on their pillows right now, and refuses to wake up/register my voice/care at all when I call her. Anyway, this wine is $12.95, but I’m babysitting, so it it also technically free.
It’s very dark in color. It might be lighter if I weren’t drinking it from a (small) mason jar, but even when I tilt the glass to let the light shine through it’s a nice purpley-plum color. With no sediment, and virtually no legs, this wine is sending some mixed signals. “I’m real rich, but not *that* rich.”
Very little is going on with the nose on this. It is maybe a little fruity, but it kind of mostly smells like nothing. Possible reasons: I don’t know how long this bottle has been open for; this room is very cold.
I really like the taste of this wine. It is smooth, and pretty dry but still fruity. Well balanced, overall. Some flavors that I get are: a nice flowery taste in the middle, and a rich plum flavor up front.
What Dirtbag Snacks Can I Pair With This Wine?
Foods that I have eaten with this wine: pretzels, saltine crackers, a single baybel cheese wheel. None of these are the right snack. I think I would like to pair this wine with milk chocolate, but it is hard to tell without any milk chocolate around.
10/10 for “would I drink this while relaxing after work” and 6.5/10 for “goes well with heavy winds,” though I would want something a bit more tart/firm for a full-fledged storm.