I know close to nothing about wine. I do, however, know what tastes good to me. I also know how to read articles on Wikipedia. (Wikipedia is like the “For Dummies” series of my generation. I love the quick information to help me understand something with minimal effort…the information might not be accurate enough to use in a term paper, but for something like this, I can’t praise it enough!) With all of that being said, I decided that I wanted to try some wines recently…and what fun is that unless I can document my experiences here?!
Ok. Before you can drink a wine, you obviously have to go to the store and pick one out. I went to a local grocery store here, Hy-Vee. They have a pretty decent liquor department, so there was a lot to choose from. I know nothing about wine, other than that there are reds and whites. I decided I wanted a red wine because of the health benefits.
For the first wine, I choose a lower priced (around $9) bottle of Hazana 2007. I believe it was a Cabernet Franc. This wine was wonderful! It was drier than I usually like, but sweet and kind of light. The color was a pretty cherry-red (even though I didn’t have the presence of mind to take a photo of this one.) I don’t have too much to say about this wine, because when I was drinking it, I didn’t really think about making a wine-related blog post. I’ll try harder next time, I promise!
The second wine I purchased last night, and really like even more than the Hazana. This wine is called Running With Scissors! The name and packaging appealed to me right away, as I am a sucker for good marketing! This wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon from 2009, and it was priced around $10 at Hy-Vee. The first thing I noticed is that I suck at opening wine bottles! However, after Shane helped me out, I discovered that even the cork is cute with this wine! Haha.
|I'm a sucker for cute details.|
Anyway, on to the actual wine.
The color is a beautiful dark burgundy color that was very appealing. The aroma is bright and reminds me of cherries or currants. This wine is much less dry than the previous one was, but still as sweet. It tastes like the currants it smells like and there’s really no bitterness at all. (This is why I was apprehensive about drinking wine in the first place…I assumed it would be bitter, and I wouldn’t like it because of that. I was wrong!) It’s really smooth and easy to drink. There is a pleasant aftertaste of fruit and almost a little hint of something like chocolate. I’m a fan!
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I’m really excited about the fact that the first two bottles of wine that I purchased (blindly really, since I had no idea what I was doing) turned out so well! I would recommend both of these wines to anyone looking for an inexpensive bottle of wine to go with their dinner.