Sometimes what I write about is predetermined. At other times the topics find me. This one is a combination of both.
The plan was to have cheeseburgers for a meal, and I wanted to find a wine that pairs well with them. As per usual, I did a Google search, and you get two dozen opinions on what goes well with anything. There is something to a food and wine pairing, but it’s all perception. What might look good to some, might be hideous to others.
Based on the consensus; Malbec, Syrah, and Zinfandel were the ubiquitous suggestions to complement burgers. Do you detect a theme? These are three of the more full-bodied reds, with alcohol contents higher than 13.5%.
In looking at our collection of bottles, I only saw one Zin. And I present the 2012 Old Moon (Old Vine) Zinfandel from our pals at Trader Joe’s. This is part of an exclusive collection, that can only be bought at their stores.
Not much in the way of superlatives to say about this wine. It’s pretty standard. But for $5.99 you really can’t complain. I didn’t care for it at first. But, after a few minutes of breathing it got better. It’s extremely fruity. And in reading various reviews of it, every fruit known to man has been detected. It’s best to go with your senses as to what you taste. There’s little oak that I could detect. And not much in the way of tannins. It’s very easy to drink. It can be enjoyed without food, for any occasion.
But if you’re looking for something groundbreaking, this is not it. It’s a very basic wine. This is a great wine for folks who are new to wine drinking. And then your palate can only expand from here.
Not every wine is going to pair well with your dish. My bacon cheeseburger with sides of regular and sweet potato fries was tremendous. However, the wine didn’t heighten anything or bring about any new flavors. It’s a decent and affordable bottle that serves its purpose. If you are fortunate enough to be in a state where your local TJ’s sells wine, this is not one I would go out of my way to buy. For the price alone, it’s ok. But there’s plenty of others at a few dollars more, with better quality. And I will be getting to those in proceeding posts!
How great does that look? 🙂
Thankfully, like I stated in the beginning, sometimes the topics are shown to me. This is a great lead in to talk about my first visit to a Trader Joe’s that sold wine! It was a serendipitous visit around the holidays in 2013 to their Old Town Alexandria, VA store! I will be discussing some of my past and recent purchases in hopefully a fun and harmonious way.
And if I feel the need, I will be talking about my sadness over the Charles Shaw wines.
Thanks so much for reading!