Posts Tagged ‘Target’

Don’t Think too Much

February 26, 2012

The other night, Kara and I were picking up a few items at Target.

It was getting close to dinner time, so we decided to grab a bottle of wine to go with our meal.

Now look…

The wine section of Target is not that big.  It’s not big at all.

And yet…

In an instant…

I found myself stuck.

I was in that wine vortex.

I didn’t want to pay too much.

I also didn’t want to come home with crap.

I found myself picking up a whole bunch of bottles, just to put them right back down in frustration.

I wanted to pick the perfect wine.

I’m sure you’ve been there…

Feeling totally overwhelmed.

15 minutes later, Kara poked her head around the corner and asked, “Are you ready to go yet?”

“In a moment.”

“What’s taking you so long?” she asked.  “It’s just wine… And we are at Target, for Pete’s sake.  Just pick one, and let’s get out of here.”

Not a bad idea, I thought.

“Just pick one,” I said to myself.  “No need to over think it.”

I scanned the wines quickly, looking for a familiar label, and came up with this…

Bogle 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel

We picked up the Bogle 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel for 11 bucks.  You should be able to find this one anywhere.  I grabbed it because Bogle, as big as they are, makes consistently good wine at a fair price.

Nothing mind-blowing.

Nothing to brag about to your wine friends.

Just

Consistently

Good

Wine.

Here’s how it did…

Color: The Bogle Zin has a dark strawberry red color.  So far, so good.

Nose: Nice fruit aromas of blackberry, plum and cranberry.  Nice and chalky, with a subtle hint of vanilla and oak.  Nice.

Taste: This is my jam!  Bike tires and plums up front.  Good acidity of grapefruit zest.  This Zin has an alcohol content of 14.5%, but you’d never tell by taste.  The Bogle has mad balance.

Score: I was really impressed with the quality of fruit, acid, and mouthfeel on this wine.  At 11 dollars, I can’t think of many other Zinfandels at that price point that could compete with this Bogle.  89 points.

Because I know this wine is can be found all over the place, and because of its price, I’m recommending that all of you give it a try.

Don’t think about it too much…

Just drink it.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 1: A Hella Blind Tasting!

November 3, 2011

In this episode, I had Kara pick up a wine from Target so I could put my skills to the test.

Feel free to play along.

Now this is on Target!

October 19, 2011

After my run today, I had to swing by Target to pick up some stuff…

Then it hit me…

I should to do a Target wine tasting!

Target has an okay wine section.  It’s slightly bigger than Wal-Mart’s, but with a few higher priced wines.

Since it’s a Wednesday (and I ain’t about to lay down the big bucks on a Wednesday foo), I picked up a simple little bottle of Ravenswood Zinfandel for $6.99.  I decided to pair it with a DiGiorno frozen pizza.

So here is how it all went down…

Ravenswood 2009 Vintners Blend Zinfandel

Ravenswood is a well-known producer of California Zinfandels ranging from cheap grocery store wines to high-end single vineyard bottles.  The Ravenswood 2009 Vintners Blend Zinfandel falls under the former category.  For a Zinfandel, it has moderate alcohol (13.5%).

Color: Dark ruby-red.

Nose: Chalky and spicy bell pepper and oak.  Blackberry and strawberry fruit.  Fresh herbs.  Nice.

Taste: Chalky (I love chalk) dark raspberry and plum fruit up front.  There is some nice subtle oak on the palate.  The only part of this wine that I’m not into is this touch of unripe cherries.

Score: This is a nice wine for a weeknight.  Give it an 86+.  For seven bucks, give it a try.

Now to the food…

DiGiorno Spinach, Mushroom, and Garlic Pizza on a well-seasoned pizza stone.

This was a good pairing!

The spicy garlic and creamy cheese brought out a really nice fennel characteristic.

Hella nice!

Now THIS is on Target!

Stay Rad,

Jeff


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