Things Just Got REAL Ugly

Posted by The Wine Whore |

David Letterman isn't the only person with skeletons in his closet (or in my case, wine cellar). While there are some things that I am proud to admit, there are many others I hope never to recount. After another week of affairs with wine, it is time to report back my findings... the good, not bad, and the UGLY!

The Good:

Hitching Post St. Rita's Earth Pinot Noir 2006
Price - $30/bottle

After last week's Pinot throwdown, I am still weary about this fickle grape. I recognized this bottle's name from the movie Sideways and also remembered that it came highly recommended during last week's discussion. From the moment my nose approached the glass, I was seduced. Lots of great fruit and a very well balanced structure made this Pinot a pleasure. I'm going to seek out other Hitching Post Pinots to see if they are as good but this one definitely is worth a second affair!

The Not Bad:

Rudera South Africa Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Price - $30/bottle

While everyone is familiar with the many Cabs from California, South Africa is a foreign place for me when it comes to this full bodied grape. This particular bottle came off gritty and grotesquely different than any other Cabernet Sauvignon I've ever had. I enjoyed it with a nice rich steak but had a little trouble drinking it on its own. This was definitely a strange yet unforgettable affair.

The Ugly:

Boone's Farm Strawberry Hill
Price - $3/bottle

Let me just start by saying that this bottle was given to me as a joke after my post about Gateway Grapes. I don't know if it was all of the old memories that came back to me, the three bottles of wine already pumping through my veins, or just the need to get rid of this bottle as fast as possible... I instantly tore of the cap and began chugging this hideously flavored strawberry wine until it was all gone. I can honestly say that when I woke up the next day and saw this empty bottle perched on my kitchen counter, I couldn't help but regret what I had done. I felt cheap and dirty to say the least.

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George R Perry said...

Ah Boone's Farm - like your High School ex. You still kinda care about it, but you know the night is only going to end poorly.

The Wine Whore said...

Hello George!

That's exactly how I would describe the feeling... and it ALWAYS ends poorly! :)

In this case, I should not have chosen to end the night like this... bad call!


bricksofwine said...

No, tell me it was a joke. You didn't chug a bottle of Boone's Farm, did you? The thought takes me back to high school and makes me somewhat nauseous just thinking about those wicked hangovers.

The Wine Whore said...

No joke! I finished the whole bottle... it didn't hurt that I already drank quite a bit before this happened!

Of course, neither events helped much the next day! Old memories of bad hangovers came rushing back faster than the Tylenol could take effect!


The Wine Whore said...

Hello Phil!

Thank you for enjoying the post! Boone's is definitely a beast not for the faint of heart!

I'll head over and check out the poll right now!


Brian said...

I laughed my a$$ off man after reading the Boone's review. Thanks for the smile. On a different note, I need to try the Hitching Post Pinots. I've heard (and read) some great reviews on all of them.

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! I just re-read it and couldn't help but laugh too! I'll have to post the pics of me downing this $3 gem... priceless!

While I can't speak for all of the The Hitching Post Pinots, this one was really tasty and reasonably priced for what it had going on. I wish I could remember who recommended this one to me during my Pinot frustration... in any case, I have been looking for more of these Pinots at my local wine shops and haven't found any.

The search continues...


P.S. Any good wine plans this weekend?

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