Hey fellow lushes! I hit the cheap wine trifecta this week. Found a bottle of Italian Primitivo that was $5! It did not suck. And it had a twist top. Score!
Ilustration by Andrew Saeger, tHE ARTdept.
I was on the hunt for something to pour for a crowd at my brother's birthday party. I made his childhood favorite, spaghetti and meatballs, so wanted something from Das Boot. That pasta-pounding country makes lots of high-end reds that give wine nerds tremors of pleasure, causing them to spout phrases like: It's so barnyard-y!
Many moons ago, I got so smashed on cheap red, red wine in a trattoria in Rome that I begged the server to sell me the rooster-shaped carafe in which that nectar of the gods was served. Still have it, a very tangible reminder that not all house wines taste like the bottom of somebody's shoe.
Because I bought six bottles, I got a 10 percent discount, so that $5.99 bottle of Pinetti rang up at $5.39. Or roughly the cost of a supersize big-ass cuppa at Starbucks. (With tip, of course.)
I loved the pop of bright cherry fruit and the spice in this rustic red, the gentle slap of pepper was just about perfect-o with those big, juicy meatballs. Went back and tried it again the next day just to make sure I wasn't swept up in the joy of drinking this while chomping down on some balls of beef and -- damn -- it was still impressive.
The Wino's going to award an unprecedented Golden Brown Bag to this wine. That's five out of five brown bags, plus a bonus bag for providing a headache-free buzz. Go. Get. You. Some.