Oakwood owl counting
pilgrims at the Stryx end gate,
"Whooo passes this night?"

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Robert Parker Be Damned

My buddy John and I exchanged books after our wine dinner a couple of weeks ago. John has probably spent as much money on wine as I've made, but he still likes to find good economically priced wines. He is, as his son says, a bottom feeder. This book was a revelation. I would recommend it to anyone who likes wine or thinks they know a lot about wines. If these blind tastings are any indicator, you probably don't. If the labels are covered, we all know a lot less than we thought we did. 

The cork reads "What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch? - W.C. Fields". It is from an $11 bottle of Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel. It's a three time trials winner. Now nobody is going to claim a big concentrated Zin is subtle, but this is damned good wine. And besides, it was on sale.

And Goddammit! I don't want every wine in the world to be targeted at Robert Parker's frickin' sweet tooth pallet! Thank you.


Oldfool said...

I've never met a wine I couldn't drink.

Steve Grimmer said...

My folks turned me on to Bogle, and they are serious about very good budget wines. It's terrific.
steve in the 'Peg

Gunnar Berg said...

Will Rogers, right?

Oldfool said...

He said something like that.

Silk Hope said...

Ridge, nuf said.

Jonny Hamachi said...

Ridge Rocks, but Bogle is Every Day.

Gunnar Berg said...

And if you couldn't see the label and know the price, Ridge might be every day and Bogle for special. Paying more makes it taste better. And in spite of what you believe, blind you couldn't a Ridge out from a variety of wines. Everybody thinks they can, but it reality, nobody can. I know you don't believe this, that is why I recommended the book.