Schoolhouse Red is the “pizza and pasta” wine from Bliss Family Vineyards, whose winery in California's Mendocino County dates back to the 1930s.
The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot and Syrah. I had passed by this wine every morning for about a month as I stopped into Walt Churchill’s Market in Perrysburg to get my morning muffin on the way to work. Green Dragon had made a comment that she didn’t know what wine to drink and didn’t want to open a “special” bottle accidentally.
So I grabbed this bottle for a casual sipper. At $12, it seemed a small price to pay to finally know what that bottle I saw on the closeout shelf each work day tastes like.
Alas, we didn’t pair this with pizza, but instead uncorked it while I caught the latest episode of Top Shot. Although the guns were blazing on the show, the wine seemed to miss the target. It was tight and unremarkable.
A couple days later we poured a couple glasses and were surprised. The glass offered up the flavor of warm berries with a touch of tartness and a medium to long finish. Bull's-eye!
This is an enjoyable non-vintage wine that’s a good value. Rated **+ of *****.