VINTJS 2012 Paso Robles Petite Sirah ($6.99 at Trader Joe’s, Union Square)
Smell: Smells like it’s about a $1.50 step-up from a $4.99 wine. But is it worth the TWO WHOLE DOLLARS more I paid? Smell alone suggests not.
Taste: Um. Strange. Initially it hits the tongue with the metallic smack of a $4.99 (or even a $3.99) bottle of TJs random red. But then something strange and magical happens: It doesn’t suck!
I’d be hard pressed to describe what I’m really tasting here except to say that it is:
- Wine, and
In fact with each sip it gets better! It’s kind of like drinking sea water. Both in that it’s suspiciously salty and that the more I drink it the more I want more of it.
Glasses Two Through Four:
And then maybe this Snapchat happened:
This glass was sitting half-empty next to my head when I woke up this morning nearly 2 hours after I was supposed to get up. Because apparently instead of setting an alarm before going to bed I set my iPad to play various podcasts all night long (at least that explains why Jad Abumrad and the Glow Cloud were getting it on in my dream).
Oh, and this was on my Desktop:
I’m left with so many questions: How the hell am I supposed to pronounce VINTJS? Is the “TJS” at the end an oblique reference to Trader Joe’s? And where or what is a Paso Robles?? And–– wait a second–– am I actually just drinking three-buck chuck with chintzy gold foil??
I guess I’ll just have to buy another bottle of VINTJS 2012 Paso Robles Petit Sirah to find out…