Let's Head South, Where It's Warm, To Drink Herding Cats

Ilustration by Andrew Saeger, tHE ARTdept.
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!!

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.

Pinotage is a cross between Pinot noir and Cinsault grapes and it's just a lot of fun to say: Pea-know-tage. The last bit rhymes with stage, if you said it all posh. Like Sir Elton John would.

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.

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