Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Sunday, March 25, 2007


Reduced to an inadequate choice at a supermarket, I foolishly chose a ten dollar bottle of wine when I could have done much better for less than five. Give me Two Buck Chuck or give me death! Why did I buy a $10-$15 bottle of wine, when I could have done better for three bucks? Well, first of all, the nearest Trader Joe's is at least thirty miles away. And secondly, I made two classic wine buying mistakes. One was being sucked in by the words "Old Vines." Just how old were these vines anyway - six years? Besides, no matter how old they are, they seem to come from the wrong place. The second mistake was one of signification. Just because a winery is in a great appellation or makes a great wine doesn't mean that the wine you are buying comes from that appellation or is a great wine. In this case, I bought a bottle of 2005 Bogle "Old Vines" Zinfandel. Now, Bogle is situated in Amador County where I've had great times tasting big rustic Zins. In fact, my favorite Zins are from Amador County. Was this gem from Amador County? No way! The label says California, but my guess is that at best the grapes come from somewhere in the Lodi/Modesto area or just the Central Valley, the great lake of California wine. This swill is passable if you just want something to wash down your food. It is light, slightly sweet, with no real flavor. Not really like Kool Aid and there are no real imperfections. It just tastes like factory wine and not as good as some other factories such as Beringer's lowest level or Mondavi's jug wine. I must say I've done a lot better with those little bottles they serve on airplanes. Normally I don't even specify appellations or AVAs when writing about wine because wine names and terminology are already confusing enough. But this is a good example of how important they can be . If these grapes had been from Amador this might have been a completely different wine Fool me once....


  • At 3:05 PM, Blogger Beaumont WineGuy said…

    That's what you get. Your in Washington buying Bogle wine. I'm sure there were lots of Columbia Crest on the shelves.

  • At 9:13 PM, Blogger SeattleWineBlog said…

    Beaumont,thanks for your comment. You are absolutely right. Columbia Crest is one of the best buys around. How are things with your son-in-law? Gene


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