Friday Night Wine…and Contest Winners

File Aug 28, 9 13 25 PMGuys, I won a contest! I love winning contests! This one was sponsored by Julianna Glass, a specialty crystal retailer featuring beautiful glassware. I entered a few times by tweeting and liking some of their social media posts, then I promptly forgot about it. Imagine my surprise when I got an email telling me that I’d won. A pair of red wine glasses arrived this afternoon, so of course I had to test them out and give them a try.

Not sure if it was the excitement that I’d won something or the fact that it was Friday and my brain was fried, but drinking out of these glasses was a dream! Extremely delicate and dainty, you can tell they are high quality. They’re also beautiful, with elegant swirls running across the glass with a smattering of crystals throughout. A lovely addition to my collection of wine vessels!

Speaking of contests, you may recall that I did my own contest during the wine buying marathon for a free bottle of wine. All you had to do was sign up for Last Bottle, the company running the marathon. If you haven’t signed up yet, you should. The wine deals are amazing. I had quite a few entries[1] and the trusty random number generator spit out the number 14, which was The Bob Barron[2]! Congrats Bob! Last Bottle still hasn’t gotten the wine shipments together, but when they do I’ll be sending over a bottle that I ordered during the marathon. Not sure I remember what I bought because the adrenaline was pumping, the fingers were clicking and the wallet was getting lighter, but I’m pretty sure I got some good stuff! Can’t wait for that box to arrive!

I needed some wine after this crazy marathon week[3] and this bottle didn’t disappoint.
To:                   Alleged Blog Readers
From:              WineEsquire
Date:               August 28, 2015
Wine:              2011 Bogle Phantom Proprietary Blend
File Aug 28, 9 16 25 PMThis was one of those wines where I forgot to stop and taste it until after I was done scarfing nibbling my pepperoni pizza[4]. When I stopped to take a sniff, a smile spread across my face. This had a rich, deep scent that transcended into a rich, deep mouthful of spicy, delicious wine. Seriously spicy with notes of leather and a hint of oakiness.  Medium bodied and a touch on the dry side. Paired well with our Friday night feast and was excellent on its own after the pizza disappeared.

A perfect way to start the weekend! Cheers!

Wine Dossier
I found it interesting that the label on the bottle calls this a “proprietary blend” without a listing of the varietals used. The Bogle website, however, tells you the exact breakdown of the blend: 46% Petite Sirah; 40% Zinfandel; 11% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Mourvèdre[5]. I thought there would have been a lot more cab in there, but I can definitely see the Petite Sirah and the Zinfandel.

I totally nailed it in my tasting notes. The official description on the website refer to the wine’s “relentless spice” and tells me that it was “aged for over 24 months in 1 and 2 year old American oak.” #WineEsquireforthewin.

Another wine from Clarksburg, an area I’d not heard about before my last blog post. This confirms that there is some seriously good wine being made there and it is definitely still on my wine bucket list.

This bottle was a gift[6], so I don’t know how much they paid for it. It retails online for between $15 and $22. At this price point, you should get a bottle as a gift and give it to someone you want to impress. Then you should try and drink it with them so you both win.


Lawyer Footnotes
[1] Thanks to all who participated!
[2] He’s one of my wine friends. Check him out on Twitter and Instagram.
[3] Unfortunately there wasn’t another wine buying marathon, just a work marathon. #lawyerlife
[4] I didn’t have pizza this week (though I may have had a bagel or two…), so I’m doing pretty good. #theregoesthatdiet
[5] According to Dr. Vinny, this is pronounced more-VEH-drha. Per Wikipedia it’s a widely grown grape used mostly in blends. It’s also known as Mataró or Monastrell.
[6] At least I think it was a gift since I don’t remember buying it.