The Peraj Petita Disappoints

Hubby really only started drinking alcohol during the last year, and while I’ve turned him into a bubbly and white wine lover, he won’t drink red wine because he thinks it tastes like cough medicine. So, since he’s not drinking for 48 hours before, during, or for 48 hours after chemo, I’ve been taking advantage of that time to open up some red wines.

That first Monday of chemo was a tough one because Hubby ended up being allergic to the medicine. Reactions aren’t unexpected, but his was more severe than most, although, thankfully, it was “just” hives and not life threatening. The infusion nurses and his doctor monitored him closely, but they continued giving him the medicine, along with extra Benadryl and steroids, and a saline drip to help flush his system. What was supposed to take about four or five hours took more than eight hours. After he was done with the infusion, they hooked him up to a portable pump that dispenses another one of his chemo medications over a 24-hour period. By the time we left the infusion center, we were both emotionally and physically drained. When we got home, Hubby relaxed as I heated up the leftover lasagna and opened a bottle of wine for myself.

2014 Peraj Petita – At $18, this kosher red wine from Spain was a disappointment. While others give it glowing reviews, the candied strawberry flavors mixed with the savory characteristics just didn’t work for me. Rating: 2.5 out of 5 |

2014 Peraj Petita

The 2014 Peraj Petita (winery, snooth) was a kosher wine from Monstant, Spain and made with 60% Grenache, 20% Tempranillo, 10% Merlot and 10% Syrah grapes. The wine was a deep, clear ruby color. On the nose, there were raspberries, candied strawberries, and smoked meat. In the mouth, there were raspberries and candied strawberries mixed with leather and hints of cinnamon, and nutmeg. The wine had a medium body, tannins, and acid, along with a little bit of spritz on the tongue.

Is this worth a glass after work? At $18, I was disappointed in this wine. All of the reviews on were positive and one of my go-to kosher wine reviewers, Wine Musings Blog, loved the 2012 vintage, so I tasted the Peraj Petita expecting to love it. But, I didn’t. In fact, I didn’t just not love it, I disliked it. The candied strawberry mixed with the savory characteristics just didn’t do it for me. Oddly, everything I mentioned that Hubby says he hates about red wine is what I was tasting in this one. After drinking about a quarter of my glass, hoping the wine would grow on me, I decided it wasn’t worth it after the day we had. So, I dumped it out, and opened up a KickAss Britchen Red…which was absolutely kick ass.

Question of the Day: Do you dump wine out when you’re not enjoying it?  If so, do you feel guilty? And, do you open another bottle or just give up on wine for the night?

Price: $18
Purchased at
Overall: 2.5 Corks


  1. says

    It would be interesting to see if you like the wine better on a day when you’re not quite so stressed – another good reason for staying with comfort wine. But to answer your question, I’m probably more likely to suffer through less than great wine because some of the bad stuff is wine my husband made. Most of his stuff is good to even great. Alas, not all. That being said, it has to seriously suck pond water before I’ll toss it.

    • says

      I did wonder if I was a little unfair to it while I was tasting it, but then I opened the KickAss Britchen Red, which I loved, and decided that it was the wine and not me. At least in this case.

  2. says

    What a stressful day. I am so sorry you and your husband are going though this. Will be sending good thoughts your way. As for your question, if I really don’t like it, I will not drink it. Why sip what you aren’t enjoying.

    • says

      Thank you, Lori. It’s definitely been hard, but we’re trying to stay strong, count down the days until October when this is over, and drink some good wine to help us through.

      And in terms of the question, that tends to be my philosophy, although it took me a while to get there. There is just too much good wine to spend time drinking something I’m not enjoying.

  3. says

    I’m a “dumper” if I don’t care for it…and then head back to the rack to find a replacement. Sometimes my husband will hold onto it for cooking, but usually not since a wine not suitable for drinking usually isn’t suitable for cooking either.

    • says

      I used to keep the wines I didn’t like as much for cooking too, Ann,, but usually the flavor just comes through too much to make that a good idea.

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