Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bliss Family Vineyards Schoolhouse Red, Mendocino

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 *****.
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