So I recently had some really great wines that I wanted to share.  I’ve always been a firm believer that some of the best wines out there are under $15 dollars.  (Now don’t get me wrong – I wouldn’t turn down a Chateau Margaux 1937, but at $920 a bottle, it seems unlikely I’ll ever get that opportunity.)

Anyroad, the shear number to wines to choose from today can be overwhelming, but I’ve realized that I’m really drawn to unusual labels.  Give these a try –


freak show
Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi California

Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Lodi California, Michael David Winery

This cab is wonderful – very dark colour, rich stone fruit taste.  I had this with a grilled cheeseburger (new find – chipotle cheddar – outstanding) and okra fritters, but I can see this being a great pairing with short ribs.

Plungerhead Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, California

Plungerhead Old Vine Zinfandel, 2011, Lodi California, The Other Guys Winery

Zinfandels are my favourite and this is one of the better ones out there.  Dark, luscious, and substantial, I had this with barbequed sausage and sweet potato latkes.  That sounds heavy, but it worked perfectly.  (If you can get your hands on it, I definitely recommend V & V sausage, from Cistern, Texas.  It’s exactly what sausage is supposed to be!)

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Toasted Head Cabernet Sauvignon, Yolo County, California

Toasted Head Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Yolo County, California, Toasted Head Winery

I’ve had this before and it never disappoints.  Not has dark as other cabs, but it certainly holds its own.  I had this with Cashew Pork and Edamame over Udon noodles – a great pairing.




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