Red, White, and Blue Fin

Happy Independence Day to all my blogging friends in the U.S.!

July 4th is always a big to-do in my area.  All-day free public concerts, folks setting up picnic celebrations in the park early to get the best view of the really big fireworks show just after dark, and that awesome fireworks display.

I’ve done my share of time in our Independence Day mosh pit.  I loved it and even took my kids into the fray when they were young.  One year we were maybe a bit too close to the firworks, and my oldest son got a little scared because they were so loud.  In the last couple of years, however, I’ve taken an overnight bike ride with my sweetheart – escaping the city but still tuning in for coverage of the festivities in the evening with a glass of vino in hand for a quiet celebration.

This year we’ve had to reschedule the biking due to circumstances beyond our control.  Much to our disappointment.  So instead, we’re opting for a an early dinner of burgers and a quick dash to a nearby high point where we will have a good view of all the excitement – from a distance.  We thought it fitting to choose an inexpensive American wine to accompany our Independence Day repast.

Winemaker:  Blue Fin
Varietal: Petite Sirah
Vintage:  2012
Appellation: California
Price: $4.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  Color on this one was a dark red/purple.  On the nose I smelled berries, oak, balsamic vinegar and a hint of caramel.  Acidity was good, tannins were gentle, and alcohol was at 12.5%.  On the tongue I caught flavors I of plum, berries, oak, quinine, touches of tar and ash as well a green herbal notes.  Not too bad for five bucks!  It may be missing some structure and finesse, but it definitely had a more complex flavor profile than I was expecting at this price.

J.L. Quinson Rosé 2014

Provence is known for their Rosé.  Finding a wallet-friendly offering from Provence, it was a foregone conclusion that I would buy a bottle.  Wouldn’t you?

Winemaker:  J.L. Quinson
Wine:  Rosé
Vintage:  2014
Appellation:  Côtes de Provence AOC, France
Price:  $7.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:   This blush wine was an interesting shade of pink.  It had a tinge of orange to it.  It was light-bodied with good acidity.  The bouquet was very faint with just-there scents of strawberry and pepper. Alcohol was at 12.5%.  Flavors I found were simple but pleasant, including strawberry, grass, and a touch of pepper.  Nothing surprising here in a very good way.  This is a Rosé I would be happy to drink again.