We are being adventurous tonight and trying this wine that we purchased at Trader Joe’s for a very small price (I’m guessing under $5). This is just a simple table wine. The wine label doesn’t tell us the year nor does it say which grapes were used in this wine. So, one must assume that the wine was made economically with a “deal” on certain leftover grapes.
The nose is not offensive but it certainly doesn’t suggest that something wonderful is in store. The taste is simple. So simple, in fact, I might as well be having a glass of cran-grape juice. There is just nothing complex or interesting about it. I think this is a wine that I should use for sauteing mushrooms, not sipping, to be honest.
For dinner tonight, I had some ground beef to use. So, I made a kettle of beefy/vegetable soup. It is simmering now and I have a loaf of sour dough bread to go with it. Should be a cozy dinner for a dark, damp and cold December evening. (Now, I think I will put this wine away and find something else. . .)
Tom: This Gold Rush Red is a simple light-to-medium-body red, with cherry-ish fruit. It would be awesome chilled in the summer with something grilled. It will serve fine as a middle-of-the-week table wine.