Monday, September 10, 2007

Picking Wine by the Label

I read Wine Spectator, and I go to wine tastings. I like to try at least one new wine each week. That said, I am definitely still a novice in the wide world of wine. Time for a little "vino confessiono": I will occasionally pick out a bottle of wine just because I like the label. If I were to design a label, it would have to combine something I like (maybe dogs, or in this case, cake); sound appealing (layer cake -my favorite treat); and be a varietal that I like (Shiraz.) Such is the case with this bottle we tried recently: the Layer Cake Shiraz. I had eyed this one in a local wine shop, and knew I wanted to buy it. Since I was the only one in the shop this particular afternoon, the clerk and I were talking about different wines and regions. When I picked up this bottle of shiraz, he mentioned that this one is flying off the shelves. He said it was the best shiraz under $30 that he has ever had. (It retails for about $16.)

Don't be misled by the label -- this is certainly not a "dessert wine". Filled with hints of blackberry and cherry, this shiraz did not disappoint. Done in a new world style, it wasn't as heavy and "in your face" as some of the big syrahs. Very smooth and velvety. We have had a few more bottles of it since then,and it has become my favorite shiraz. As an added bonus (purists and wine snobs can stop reading now) this is a screwtop instead of a cork -- perfect for those nights when you want to keep a glass to try the following day...although it is rare that we have some left for the next day...

Shown below with a layer cake we enjoyed earlier this week.

5 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! It was your birthday!?! I hope you had a wonderful day! :)

    Where did you buy the wine? From your description it sounds like something I'd love as well.

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  2. Duh - I noticed the link for the wine shop after I posted. I've never been there so I'll have to check it out.

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  3. Christine,

    I've also seen the Layer Cake Shiraz at Cost Plus World Market. It is really good!

    Thanks for the birthday wishes. :)

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  4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Layer Cake wine, and the name just makes me like it more. I ADORE cake of any kind.

    Happy Birthday!

    PB opens again this week - as soon as I can confirm we have a reservation I'll get back with you & Chrissy!!

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  5. Happy Belated Birthday, Maureen!

    (I like Layer Cake too).

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