How I Roll

Last night, I was heading over to a friend’s house for a little get-together.

He asked everybody to brink an appetizer and a bottle of wine.


Some folks stress out about what to bring, but not me.

This is how I roll.

Earlier in the day, I stopped by Trader Joe’s to get some apps and wine.


I got two types of frozen samosas, and tossed ’em in the freezer.


I also got me a bottle of Trader Joe’s Reserve 2009 Lot #72 Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and put it in the fridge.


Some folks may question why I would put a red wine in the fridge, but it totally makes sense.  First, it had been sitting at room temperature for a couple of weeks in a grocery store.  That, coupled with the fact that it was pretty hot yesterday, meant that I had to bring the temp of the wine down.

Let’s keep going…


About an hour before the party, I pre-heated the oven…


While the oven was getting to temp, I took my dog for a walk.


After I got back, I was ready to throw the samosas in the oven.


While the samosas were cooking, I took the wine out of the fridge.

By the time I got to the party, the wine was at perfect cellar temperature.


Now let’s talk about the wine…

You know that I’m a fan of the Trader Joe’s Reserve wines.  It’s tough to go wrong with quality juice at $10.  This Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was produced by Mazzocco Winery (a great Zinfandel-heavy winery in Healdsburg).

Color: Dark ruby.

Nose: Chalky raspberry, blueberry, and plum with hints of leather.

Taste: There are some aggressive (yet chalky) tannins on this wine.  Great fruit notes of raspberries and blueberries.

Score: This is a solid, solid wine.  I love the fruit to this wine, but there is not a whole lot more to it.  Still… at $10, this wine totally over-delivers.  88+

The next time you have to bring apps and wine to a party.  Don’t stress… roll like me.

Stay Rad,


What’s your wine-of-choice to bring to a dinner party?  Leave a comment, and let us know.


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5 Responses to “How I Roll”

  1. Lynn Says:

    Funny you should ask that. Usually, it depends on what food is being served. I was invited to a Christmas party last Dec. and the hostess asked me to bring the wine(s). The dish was Greek Lasagna. Flashback to one of your earlier episodes about the A to Z Pinot Grigio. I thought it looked vaguely familiar like I had seen it before. Shrugged it off, as I’m not usually a pinot grigio drinker. While going through my inventory last week, I saw that in fact that I had purchased one for this party to go with the Greek lasagna. So there is a new food pairing for you to try if you ever buy that wine again.

    What happened to Marcello’s clarinet solo?

  2. Marcello Buonarroti Says:

    Why was the cab in the fridge?

    • jeffisrad Says:

      It was 90 degrees that day, and about 75 in my kitchen. Red wine should be served at about 55-60 degrees.
      By leaving it in the fridge all day, then pulling it out an hour before the party, you’re gonna have it at the perfect temp when you’re ready to drink it.

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