Putting On My Zinfandel Dancing Shoes

Last Friday was a rough workday for me.  I’d missed a Thursday night “reunion” happy hour with former coworkers because I had to work late, and from what  my current coworkers told me on Friday morning, it was a bad happy hour to miss.  There were some good stories and fun times had by everyone who attended.  After catching up on all the gossip, I tackled my most recent project with a determination to make a significant dent in the rapidly growing pile on my desk.  When Hubby text messaged me halfway through the day to say that he was going out with some of his friends and that it would probably be a late night for him, I quickly paused to respond that he should have a good time and then went back to my task at hand.  By the time the day was over on Friday, I was exhausted, although I’d accomplished a lot.  I left the office a little later than usual, particularly for a Friday, but since I was on my own, that was ok.  With the severe thunderstorms that were happening in the DC area that night, I decided to keep things simple by going to the local 7-11 on my walk home from the Metro, where I meant to purchase dinner, but walked out with an inexpensive bottle of wine.

2008 Dancing Bull Zinfandel

The 2008 Dancing Bull Zinfandel (winery, snooth) was a medium-to-dark ruby color.  On the nose, there was blueberry jam, blackberry, and black cherry aromas, followed by a lot of cedar, smoke, earth, and vanilla.  In the mouth, there was IHOP syrup (although without the viscosity), blueberries, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla.  The wine had low tannins, and high acidity and alcohol.

Is this worth a glass after work? Sure…you won’t be drinking anything out of the ordinary, but you’ll have a decent, reliable glass of wine. At $10, this wine surprised me.  As it was a wine that I purchased at the 7-11, I didn’t expect much complexity and figured it would be simply passable.  Was it the best Zin I’ve ever had…no.  But considering that I was “slumming it” when I purchased the bottle, it was a very drinkable, had a number of things happening both on the nose and on the palate, was very food-friendly.  The wine not only went well with my Thai takeout, but also was a nice pairing with my night of knitting and cheesy chick flick.

Overall: 3 Corks


  1. says

    Hi! Been posting some of your post on facebook lately to some very positive results:

    “Thanks for posting, David. I’m going to follow this as well.”

    “Wow”! I like it- entertaining yet informative.Her tone and style make me want to try every one! The “corks” are a cute alternative to “thumbs up”.

    Know there is a lot of work in blogging and just want you to know your work is appreciated. Keep up the good work.

    • says

      David–Thanks for sharing my blog posts on Facebook, and, even more, thanks for sharing the feedback with me. It’s always hard to know how my posts are being received, so I really appreciate it.

  2. Kristian says

    Nice post! I’m looking for a nice cheap zin to go with my at home dinners. I have to say that ihop syrup is not very advertising, though :/

  3. says

    Thanks for stopping by! Finding an inexpensive Zin can sometimes be tricky, but this one was good. I promise, I meant the IHOP reference in the most flattering way possible (as odd as that sounds).

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