Wine Whore Review
Score = 7.9/10 Points
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Summary:
The brilliant potential of wine would never be realized if kept trapped within the solitary confines of a glass reservoir. Wine yearns for a life of enjoyment, socializing, talking informally, and drinking together. Wine seeks to �hobnob� and as wine lovers we uncover pleasure in the same.

Tonight I celebrate the opportunity to hobnob with fellow wine lover and writer from �Wine at Five?� Many wine enthusiasts mask themselves by gravitating towards a persona of pretentious and stuffy garble, however Shelly remains solid to the true meaning of life, love, and wine. Holding firm to reality yet still enjoying what�s real, she teaches us all through her life in text that �life is short and full of surprises. Live it to the fullest and drink lots of wine in the process.� Life�s manual for living masterfully simplified in two short sentences.

Surprise, enjoyment, and unpredictability are fundamental to the mystique of hobnobbing. Hob Nob Wine verbosely bottles this essence like a fine perfume. This wine is not about the stuffy and conventional. Masquerading as a hip California wine, Hob Nob�s trendy label cleverly masks this product of France. The label coupled with the fact that it bears the Shiraz title proudly reserved for Australian wine of the sort is especially unconventional.

Hob Nob expresses the new age, loud, impulsive side of wine which refuses to conform to constraints, categories, and norms. Its atypical Shiraz bouquet and delicate finish are unpredictable yet enjoyable. From its grape jam glow to its sweet spice aroma, this wine stands apart and like Shelly, teaches us the magnificent beauty of surprise and why we must all enjoy a good glass of �Wine at Five.�

(Hob Nob with Shelly's review of this wine at Wine at Five?)


Recommended Food Pairing:
While Hob Nob recommends that this wine is paired with �mushroom sauces, pizza, swiss cheese burger, and sushi� I chose to pair this plum nectar with a steaming plate of lasagna. The soft fruity characteristics of the wine conversed well with the decadent parmesan cheese without overwhelming the tangy flavor of the spicy meat sauce.


Vintage Info:
�Mood: Loud. Character: As succulent as a dark chocolate covered cherry. Cherry aromas, hints of vanilla, velvety palate.�


Stats:
Vintage: 2006
Varietal: Shiraz
Appellation: French Table Wine
Residual Sugar: N/A
pH: N/A
Production: N/A
Alcohol %: 13


Wine Whore Score:




With its subtle spice and delicate cherry-plum fingers, Hob Nob Shiraz comes in with a total of 31.5 out of 40 points and an average score of 7.9 out of 10 points. This low cost wine will leave you amazed to discover that a French wine can be fun, modern, relaxed and enjoyable. Like every day that passes, this affordable wine is meant solely to be enjoyed.


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2 comments:

Shelly said...

I had mine with spaghetti. I usually make a rather bland sauce so the rest of the family will eat it and then add extra garlic, crushed red pepper, zucchini, squash, and red onion to mine. I ate the "bland" version which is why is was probably overpowered...and I never put parmesan on my spagehtti. Just waiting for a video to upload and I'll be done.
Thanks for the shared wine and the fun in reviewing.
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The Wine Whore said...

This was definitely not what I expected in a Shiraz but more than I expected in reviewing it with another wine lover! Thank you Shelly for reviewing this one with me. :) Any wine, any time... want me to choose the next one?

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