Today has been a day of ups and downs... My wife finally (after two weeks) got her stitches taken out of her foot. The bad news is that she found out that she still has to wear a protective boot and still can't drive. This left both of us disappointed. Her because she can't free herself from the boring confines of our house to go shopping, and me because she'll still have two more works of being out of work and paycheck free.

So, what did we do to celebrate?

Mrs. Whore made some pork chops and I was tasked with choosing the wine. The pork chops came out dry and overall not so good so I decided it was only fair to pair dinner with a wine that sells for less than whopping $10.

In the end, I think the wine won!

The Wine:
Asunto de Vino Central Valley Chile Shiraz Carmenere 2008

The Good:
I'm always surprised and somewhat disappointed to open a nice, expensive bottle of wine, only to be met with that "pucker face" response from my wife, friends, family, or anyone else who happens to be sharing my wine. Tonight, the reaction was quite different. Not only was the wine "drinkable," but she actually really enjoyed the wine. I always know it's a good bottle when she asks to see which one I opened. Tonight was one of those nights.

My opinion? Well, this wine was enjoyable and went well with dinner... For less than $10, I couldn't have made a better choice on an otherwise uncertain day.

The Bad:
Just because my wife likes it, doesn't mean that it's going to rock your world. Sure it was fun to drink, enjoyable, and a perfect companion to my wife's dry rendition of the household pork chop, however it was NOT a bottle of wine that I would order at a fine restaurant while trying to impress a first date. Instead, this is a bottle of wine you drink during the week to unwind, relax, and sink into happiness with your wife. A perfect "everyday drinker."

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in vino veritas said...

Sorry the Mrs has to stay in the boot. You should be making dinner for her. Chile is a region that I hope to try much more of in 2010. If you can find any wines from the Koyle winery, be sure to pick them up. I had dinner with Cristobal and he is the most enthusiastic winemaker I have ever met, bar none. The Undarraga family has been making wine since 1885. My posting of our dinner is dated October 11, 2009. His wines are just making it to the States, along with his brother's wines - Terrapura. Highly recommend these wines.

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you for the concern! I think she actually wanted to make dinner last night... if I had made it, the chops wouldn't have just been dry, they would have been inedible. :P

It seems to me that Chile is a region capable of offering wines of a good cost/quality ratio but finding the right ones is the key!

I'll have to give Koyle and Terrapura a try! If you say they're good, then I bet they rock! :)

Joeshico said...

"I feel your pain." I don't often quote Hillary's house mate, but I thought it appropriate.
Daughter picked up her new boot yesterday. 4 to 6 weeks she will not be able to drive. Shirley and I have become her personal cab service till then.
On the Chilian wines. I've had the Carmenere and the jury is still out on that variety, but two years ago I had two nice Cab/Sauvs from Chile. Can't remember the labels, but if I do find again I'll be sure to let you know.

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! Yep 4-6 weeks of being a cab driver, fetching things around the house, and just being an overall loving husband... I could use a break! :P Hope your daughter gets well soon!

I've got a couple of Cab/Sauvs hanging around, I'll have to give 'em a chance to see how they compare. Let me know in the meantime if you remember which ones you liked... I'd love to give those a try too!

This one was cool because it had some of that spicy Shiraz to cut the Carmenere... made for a nice blend. I think I like blends much better nowadays anyways!

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