2008 Apothic Red Winemaker's Blend: Good and good and good
nov. 15, 2010: sometimes you just have days when you deserve a glass of wine, and this was the night that sealed the deal. we opened this bottle after i had greg taste the residuals of the yalumba viognier i had purchased on saturday -- and that he hated, as grapefruity as it was. but this modesto, californian, is starting to become reliable, a perfect blend of syrah, red zinfandel and merlot. it's hard to believe this is $8 or so at schnucks on north green river, since this is a good one, definitely a wine to try whether paired (as we did) with pasta, or matched with an empty glass, yourself, and a table to place it on. 13.1 percent alcohol.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.