Hey fellow lushes! Don't mind the bruises. I've been beating myself, trying to track down the source of this fantabulous bottle of Italian wine I pulled out to serve with my Easter dinner, spaghetti and meatballs. (Yeah, this cook bent to popular demand of the fam and skipped the ham.)
Ilustration by Andrew Saeger, tHE ARTdept.
The wine, a 2010 Il Sogno Sangiovese, was the second bottle served. The sticker on the bottle said $5.99, so I wasn't expecting a whole lot. Twenty lashes with a wet noodle! This rustic red packed plenty of sizzle.
When drinking $6 bottles of wine, it's pretty common to describe them as "one note." That note usually being "G" for grapey. While this swell sipper was far from a symphony of flavor, it was a mighty pleasant song that made my meatballs sing. That's amore!Here was the bee-bop bitcheroo: After draining that bottle dry, I could not remember where I bought it. The price tag yielded no clues. I looked up the Web site of the Seattle-based distributor and came up empty. So, like any good detective, I started to retrace my steps, searching in my usual favorite wine shops. Nuts! Not there.
Next up, the supermarkets where I shop, looking high, but mostly low. Because you know that's where all the $6 bottles can be found, on the bottom shelves. Those premium eye-level spots are reserved for the high-end stuff. More dead ends.
I nearly crawled inside a bottle and gave up until I cleaned out a purse and found an old receipt with a clue. Met Market! Of course!! Go get you some!
The moral of this search is that it's probably a good idea to keep track of where you buy what. Hell, there's gotta be an app for that. Or maybe The Wino needs to come up with one. Yeah, and when I get rich off the proceeds, I'm gonna throw a big party and you're invited. I'll be serving $6 Sangiovese.