2008 Herding Cats Merlot/Pinotage: A wine you serve when you want people to leave your house
nov. 20, 2010: we picked this south african up at schnucks on north green river. it was the name that got us, and the low price ($6.99). but do not, under any circumstances, confuse this wine with something you'd actually choose to drink. this was unfortunate since the nose was encouraging -- it was earthy and pleasant. but drinking this was like stuffing a wet and moldy dishtowel into your mouth. we decanted it for about an hour, but there was still no improvement. 13.5 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.