Monday, July 25, 2011

Freebies. Chapter 1

Hello friends and loyal readership,

As some of you know I am currently working at a place where the pay is low but there are often decent freebies in the form of food (good) and bottles of wine (better) or even sometimes gin(best).

I am embracing the opportunity to taste lots of crazy and different wines and spirits for free by attempting to take as much of said wine/booze/beer/name-your-freebie as is socially acceptable (still figuring this out, still walking a bit of a line).

So! Today I begin with a bottle of Sawtooth Chardonnay from Idaho! See map below :

I think that what they're going for here is a "this wine must be good because I see Walla Walla and Willamette Valley here on the back" sort of trick. Trying to pull something over on East Coasters/ Midwesterners less familiar with the climate variations out West? Or maybe this little Idaho valley is in fact similar to Walla Walla or Willamette Valley. I don't actually know, the point I am making is that this map sketched me out and made me expect kind of a crappy wine. Also the fact that it sat on the freebie shelf for quite a while and I assume usually that the good stuff disappears fast. (I'm finding that is not really the case though as time goes by - its that social acceptability thing that stops people I think. I'm not letting it stop me!)

ANYWAY, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I actually quite enjoyed this wine! Now call me a child of the 80's but I like rich and creamy Chardonnays, and that's precisely what this was. Deep yellow in color, it even smells rich. That said, there is some lightness in the actual drinking, maybe something a little bit lime zesty? Regardless, there was enough of that zesty tang to make for some perfectly enjoyable sippage on this past Thursday, aka the HOTTEST DAY ON PLANET EARTH.

So for $10, I'd say this is not a bad buy if you happen to be in the mood for a rich and luscious cheapish white! But that's of course just my tongue's opinion so you could hate it. Can't possibly say.

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