Hey fellow lushes! Are you sick of Snowpocolypse yet? I've been holed up for days and I cannot help myself from gorging on the incessant TV coverage of Snowmaggedeon. Make it stop!!
Ilustration by Andrew Saeger, tHE ARTdept.
That's why The Wino's flying south -- in an armchair travel kind of way: Queuing up a viewing of Invictus (don't you just love Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela?) and twisting the top off one of the most easy drinking reds I've tasted in a long time.
Herding Cats is from South Africa, a gorgeous wine region that produces the European varietals we're used to seeing in the U.S., as well as a grape that's unique to that area.
Herding Cats has a blend of Pinotage and Merlot that's as soft and friendly as a fluffy kitten. Without the pesky claws.
Maybe I appreciated this pleasantly fruity red because it perked up the meal I had to throw together using the dwindling supplies in my pantry. After a couple of glasses, I had rechristened my boring bean soup "ribollita" by adding croutons and shaving Parm on top. By the third glass, this meal tasted like a four-star restaurant.
Now, I broke my rule by cracking open this particular twist-top. I don't usually drink wine with cutesy names or silly labels. In fact, I have done extensive guzzling, I mean research, to come up with this conclusion: The cutesier the label, the worse the hangover. But Herding Cats is going to get a pass, mostly because that label features a leopard print instead of a clowder of adorable kitties.
A bottle of Herding Cats Pinotage/Merlot is about $10. It also comes in a party box size, but unfortunately, it's not available in the Seattle area.
Now, if you'll please excuse me, I have to get back to 24/7 Storm Coverage.