Speaking of sour grapes, I thought I’d write a quickie wine critique.
I don’t usually buy cheap, red wine with a screwcap regardless of how amazing/clever the marketing may be, but I did purchase a private label organic wine brand with all of the above that has been around since 2005 called Our Daily Red at Henry’s the other day.
Since it is a California wine, I was expecting swill. (Yes, I’m looking at you Beringer et al.) But I was very pleasantly surprised to find that Our Daily Red is not only inexpensive, but goes very well with the usual entrée suspects -steak or a robust pasta dish-
The best part about ODR isn’t the price or even the taste. (Although the taste is pretty friggen good. Not much of a bouquet, however, but then again, a pretty smell does not necessarily mean good tasting.) It is the absence of sulfites which is a necessary evil of wine production, or so I understand. Now this means very little to a great majority of wine connoisseurs, and to the rest of the drunks who think Turning Leaf is just the best vino they’ve tasted EVAH, it means even less. But if you have a sensitivity to preservatives, this is outstanding news.
Since I’m not a big drinker and it only takes about 6 oz. of wine to zonk me into an alcohol induced coma, I almost always wake up with one of those wonderful headaches one usually gets after imbibing. Not so with Our Daily Red. Please note that this is not an endorsement to go out and get shit-faced on all the ODR you can afford. If all you’re looking for is a cheap buzz then you can spend half the money and get that with a bottle of two buck Chuck. And if you have not had the pleasure as of yet, then don’t sweat it because you aren’t missing a thing. Cheap tequila works just as effectively as Chuck. And you can buy it outside the State of California. But let’s get back to ODR.
As someone who is a bit of a wine snob (I don’t drink mass produced California swill such as Turning Leaf) I highly recommend ODR. Look for it at Henry’s Market and Trader Joe’s. You can also run a search online and have it shipped in as well, but please note that certain pain in the ass States with a Liquor Control Board don’t allow alcohol to be shipped in (because they won’t get their cut of the tax money.) So you may have to be a little bit more diligent/creative in finding Our Daily Red. But don’t go balls to the wall to find it if you prefer white wines over red because you won’t appreciate ODR.
If, OTOH, you enjoy red wine with dinner, or a bit of Asiago or even a wedge of gouda, then go get yours today. I give ODR a solid 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest.