Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wine Review: Shiraz

I was going to do an updated post about chocolate chip banana bread today, but I'm tired and don't really feel like writing it up at the moment. Tomorrow I will, I promise. So today what you are going to get is a teaser pic and a Bakespace wine review. First, the pic:
Mmmmm, chocolate chip banana bread. Now, the review:

Name:Pensacal
Price: 6.99
Year: 2004

Short intro from the wine maker about the wine: Nope, nothing on the bottle. Didn't bother looking on the net.
Review: I smell cherries quite strongly, with an herbal smell underneath. Hmm, a bland, timid entry, possibly suitable for patients recovering from surgery. Heh. Seriously though, the taste is flat, no richness at all, with a very clean finish. Not much to it at all really, much more scent than taste. I honestly can't pick out a single flavor. So that's why this was in the discount bin. How sad.
Would you buy again?: Nope.
Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes: I made a red sauce with it that turned out good. I deglazed the pan with about a cup and reduced it to 1/4 or so, which brought out the closest thing to flavor I got from it. I ate Chinese food with it and all of it completely overpowered the wine.

10 comments:

tamilyn said...

Bummer about the wine, but at least you weren't out a ton of money. Sounds like you salvaged some of it with the reduction though. Bought a sangria today that I didn't really care for. I know-make my own, but the first time I did it was excellent, next time-total dud. But had a nice bottled one with my friends the other night and couldn't find at the liquor store where I was shopping today. I need to text her and see where she purchased it.

Tangled Noodle said...

The good thing about a bad bottle? There's always a use for it elsewhere! I'm with Tamilyn: my first option would've been to make a sangria but that was before I read what you did with this! Great save. 8-)

5 Star Foodie said...

Sorry this Shiraz wasn't so good. We really like Wolf Blass Cabernet-Shiraz - those are always excellent.

Lo said...

That's the sad part about "affordable" shiraz, I'm afraid... always just a little bit of something lacking. But hey, bargain bin wines present so little risk, we always try them at least once!

Bob said...

tamilyn: Mmmm, sangria... Sorry, was somewhere else for a minute. Heh.

Tangled Noodle: Thanks! I need to get a good sangria recipe.

5 Star Foodie: Good to know, thanks!

Lo: Me too. :)

Joie de vivre said...

I hope you feel better soon!

Reeni♥ said...

Sorry you didn't like the wine but at least you put it to good use. I was thinking of making banana bread today, I have a whole bunch of overly ripe bananas and it's snowing!! I love to bake when it snows.

Spryte said...

Yeah... Shiraz wasn't a favorite for me... but it was nice mixed with 7up!

Mo Diva said...

this bread reminds me of the amish bread I made the other day! Gotta love those carbs!

Bob said...

Joie: Thanks!

Reeni: Yeah, it could have been worse. At least I got some red sauce out of it. :) I also love to bake while it's snowing, it just seems so right. Heh.

Spryte: Lol. :)

Mo: Oh I love my carbs. I have the physique to prove it, too. :)

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