Man, the cherry vendor saw you coming. Eat lots of them when they are in season and $4.99 for Rainier Cherries is the going rate. If they made a Rainier Cherry wine it would probably only be $6 a bottle.
Ruth B wrote:Hi Hoke,
You are right about the occassionally nifty bottle at a nifty price.
I picked up a bottle of NZ Babich Sauvignon Blanc the other day at the Liquor Depot because I didn't want to drive the extra hour to the wine shop. It was terrific wine for sipping on the deck on a hot sunny day.
Ended up with A.Mano Primitivo much the same way.
Nice post, made me smile.
OW Holmes wrote:Years ago I read a post by someone on wine that is "good enough." Wine that no one will put down in the cellar and show their friends, or bring out during that special occasion. Wine that, while not complex, is properly made, balanced, and varietally correct. Maybe even a little interesting. Obviously, that post made an impression on me, as did this one. I love wines that are"good enough."
Last night my daughter and her kids came over for a simple summer dinner of grilled chicken, corn on the cob, veggies, etc.. and I pulled a bottle of Laboure Roi Pinot Noir, $8.99, from a mixed case of "cheap wines to try" I had picked up the week before. It was the first I grabbed, and I thought, this is "good enough." Actually, quite a lot better than good enough. Varietally correct, good acid, sufficient but not obtrusive tannins, and very quaffable. And really enjoyable dining on the deck with the family. It's nice what $9.00 will buy. Three gallons of gas, 8 bottles of water, or a nice bottle of wine.
This probably sounds hubristic as hell, OW, but I think I may be the guy who made that "wines that are good enough" post you referred to. I vaguely remember doing a post on that some years ago. The more I think about it, the more I think it was me. (Which would be cool.)
James Roscoe wrote:What the hell are Rainier cherries and why are they so damned good? I actually prefer my cherries baked so I suspect these $9/lb cherries would be wasted on me. It is true that there are plenty of decent wines for under $10. Unfortunately the stores push the crap not the good stuff. you really have to search out the good buys, but they are out there.
Hoke wrote:James, Rainier cherries are a type developed in the Pacific Northwest, and most prevalent there. They tend to be delicate, thin skinned, sweet but not cloying, not as heavy or pronounced as Bing or Black. The skins are a lovely mottling of pink and yellow.
I think they don't ship well, because with their light thin skins they show bruises easily. But for me they epitomize summer, and I gorge myself on them when they are available, for all too short a time.
Ruth B wrote:Dirk keeps trying to convince me of the merit of Prosecco and I have tried a few. Not my favourite style of wine I must admit. I don't hate it, I just don't love it.
I do love champagne and I think I keep hoping that Prosecco will taste more champagne like, even though intellectually I know the grapes are different and it should be very different.