2008 Concha y Toro Xplorador Malbec: Decent secondary wine
nov. 5, 2010: this one had a deeper color compared to the apothic red. this mendoza, argentinian, has texture you can breathe in and take with you -- like lifting sand from the beach, only this is heavy stuff, the fibrous texture you try to filter through at the end of a talkative evening, when the words hang like mist, and the bottle sits, empty, on its side ... somewhere else. big red liquors. $5.99-$9.99.
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.