Wine Book Club

I thought I would let everyone know that there is a new wine group forming on the internet, courtesy of Dr. Debs of Good Wine Under $20. Dr. Debs recently contacted a group of wine bloggers with the idea to start a Wine Book Club on the idea of Wine Blogging Wednesday.

The premise is this: One wine blogger, every other month, will choose a book for everyone to read. You’ll read the book and post your review and the host will round-up all the entries for the month. I like the slightly less ambitious schedule of every other month, as it might be difficult to keep up a monthly schedule, though, who knows, in the future it could become more frequent.

You can read all the details over on Good Wine Under $20, and you can head on over to McDuff’s Food and Wine Trail to read the details on our first book, Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy. David has kindly offered to serve as the first WBC host.

The Weather Outside is Frightful

But the wine is so delightful! This bottle of wine is a great winter red, big and fruity in all the right ways, and perfect to drink in front of the fire with some beef stew. Which is what we did. Winter has really arrived this week, it was 10 out yesterday with the wind chill!

The wine was a 2005 Quivira Anderson Ranch Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley. It came in a club shipment, cost us $27.20, clocked in at 14.8% alcohol by volume, and had a real cork closure.

On the nose I found blackberry, spice, cranberry sauce (yes, I do mean the kind you serve with turkey), and vanilla. In the mouth, the wine was tannic at first, but after we let it sit, the flavors came shining through. I got tart cherries, blackberries, and cranberries. Overall, the wine was really dark. The fruit appeared fresher and more vibrant as the wine opened up. A delicious bottle of wine.