Blind Date with a Grape

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Those of you who follow my palate probably would not be surprised to hear that my favorite grape is Cabernet Sauvignon. The first bottle of wine that I ever fell in love with was made from this grape. Ever since the moment I fell in love, I have spent a great deal of time and money in search of what I would classify as the perfect bottle of Cab.

Although I never thought this day would come, lately I've become bored with my old favorite. I don't know if it's because of the flood of "value" wines being pushed right now, or the fact that my palate and taste are changing with every sip. In either case, my tongue is looking to fall in love once again. Despite the fact that Cabernet Sauvignon will always be my wife, I am looking for a mistress.

After soliciting suggestions for a new favorite, I decided to open this up for some fun in a sort of reality TV (The Bachelor, Rock of Love, Flavor of Love) fashion...

Set me up on a blind date.... Tell me which grape you think is capable of rocking my world.

Using the comment section below, nominate which grape you think would make a perfect mate for my palate. I'll go out on a date with each of the top ten nominated grapes.

Don't forget, this is going to be like Reality TV:

I'll share the play by play gory, intimate details of each of my affairs as I search for my new mistress. Every week, another grape will be eliminated from the pack. The winner will be the last grape standing... or should I say hanging.

This winning grape gains ultimate bragging rights as I profess my love through an entire month dedicated in homage to its beauty and awesomeness. In true reality TV fashion, I am sure there will be some sort of horrible, paparazzi laden breakup for everyone to gawk at... but I'll leave that to unfold later.

Creative suggestions welcomed... I am hoping to find a new love that I never would have discovered otherwise.


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Yer fav reporter said...

This wine, if you can find this grape as a solo player, will remind you of how Cabernet Sauvignon once was...lively, peppery, bold, surprising. Complex, for goodness sake, not the mild-mannered "beverage" we often find now. Randy, if you can find it, you will fall in love all over again.

The Mourvedre is a late ripening red grape variety that is widely planted along the French and Spanish coasts of the Mediterranean Sea. It is used in the Rhone river valley of France in blends of Cotes du Rhone and Chateauneuf du Pape. Mourvdre performs well in warmer growing areas and well drained (even stony) soils. Its wines are medium bodied, deeply colored and full of fruit (cherry and berries). It can improve for up to 10 years when stored properly.

The Wine Whore said...

She sounds hot!

I can't wait for our steamy first date! :)


craigswinejourney said...

Ahem, Randy, allow me to introduce you to my beautiful friend Nebbiola(o). She has a hard edge in her youth, but surely, with age, she becomes wildly herbacious, tastes like cherry pie, and is a wonderful partner to satisfy your raspberry cravings. Her name means noble, or fog depending on your etymology.

The Wine Whore said...

Well, hello there Nebbiola! ;) I'm looking for a sweet yet bold partner who can satisfy my entire palate. Very nice to meet you!

Are you ready for our date?


Yer fav reporter said...

Hey, craigswinejourney? Back off! He dates my big, sassy girl first, you understand? Otherwise...I got connections, ya see? I wouldn't wanna see anybody get hurt, if ya know what I mean.

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! No need to fight... I've got plenty of palate to go around!

As far as my liver is concerned, that's another story!


Jeff said...

Why don't you try some Cab Francs? They're the anti-Parker to a certain extent.

Paula said...

I think you should dish those others and hit the mature, worldy-wise Carmenere....

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The Wine Whore said...

LOL! Anything that's anti-Parker sounds sexy to me! :)


The Wine Whore said...


Carmenere sounds both sophisticated and seductive... I like it!


hestika said...

Aghiorghitiko, my favorite greek grape. 100% or in a blend, I love it.

I've also been on a Carm�n�re kick recently.

CChamberlain said...

Why not try a night with a girl that's truly exotic? Zweigelt from Austria. Fruit driven and fun when she's young. She's a great blending partner with Cab Sauvignon so if things get crazy one night and you need a reminiscent one night, I'm sure Zweigelt will be up for the challenge! ;)

Kevin said...

Forget a solo grape and go for this hot little number...Monstant.

She's feisty (she is Spanish after all) and while she is a blend and not a single varietal, that just means it is like having multiple affairs at once, but without the extra layers of deception. Hot stuff.

The Wine Whore said...

I'm loving the grape nominations... lot's of hot, eligible grapes to choose from!

This is going to be fun!


Mark Wine said...

After you've played with all the other mistresses you should settle in for the night and cozy up to a Sauternes from that wonderful place you just returned from - Bordeaux.

allan said...

I agree with Jeff, remember that Cabernet Sauvignon is just a cheap knockoff of Cabernet Franc. The thing about Cabernet Franc is that she'll surprise you, she has spent so many years blending into the background that people often forget about her, forget that she is the wind beneath Bordeaux's wings.

But, when she gets a chance to shine, she has a spiciness and depth to her. She'll hit your tongue with a little bit of pepper just to shock you, but this grape can go the distance and she'll stick around your palate long after the bottle is empty. She is not one that is easy to forget.

The Wine Whore said...

I'm getting excited just thinking about it when you describe Cab Franc that way!

Which region of the world would you say I can find the hottest Cab Franc?


allan said...

Well, like the Beach Boys used to say, "I wish they all could be Virginia Cab Francs"

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! I've been meaning to explore more VA Cab Francs... everyone keeps telling me that they are great! Maybe it's time for a road trip!


Ed said...


You'll be perplexed yet intriqued and fascinated by my friend with benefits: Pinot Noir. She's a high maintenance, a little finickey and particular, but when she's in the right state of mind, she'll rock your world. She's from Willamette valley so she's a little bit more black cherry, light spice and cola. But, her cousin from Burgundy is a lot more refined, should that be your fancy. Give them both a try, I'm sure they won't mind sharing.

The Wine Whore said...

Now that sounds like a hot threesome! It's going to be hard to choose between these two twins. I really enjoy that cola taste but the other side of me likes the refined Burgundian flavor.

It's a good thing they don't mind sharing!


Rachele said...

You know I'm a fan of Norton from Horton, since someone brought up Virginia wines. They also have a cab franc. Here's a link to the Norton

craigswinejourney said...

Wow, Randy, this is a raucous little convo you got started. Sexual innuendo everywhere. WHORE.

Haha, love your style bro. Keep on keepin on.

tweeps, friend me up @CJsWine

The Wine Whore said...

Cab Franc is definitely getting a lot of good rep from all of the VA folks! I love it!

CJ, I love it when my wine talks dirty to me! Thank you for the compliments and for stopping by... any grape nominations you'd like to add?


Argento Wine said...

Malbec, Malbec, Malbec. She's got all the sultry elegance, complexity and structure of a good Cabernet, but with an added sexy boost of juicy fruit flavors. The two of you could tango all night long!

The Wine Whore said...

Care to dance Miss Malbec?

This sounds like quite the tasty tango... I'm looking forward to dipping her into my glass! :)


LIwinegirl said...

Randy, I think you should try a seductive cab franc from the east end of Long Island.

The Wine Whore said...

First of all, you had me at Cab Franc... secondly, how do the wines of Long Island compare with the Finger Lakes? Sorry for sounding dumb, I don't get a lot of NY wine exposure except from the folks over at Lenndevours.com


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