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October 22, 2020

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Sinful Grin Petite Sirah 2018California I am in the mood for cheap. So tonight we are having $7.99 wine with a $3 salad kit and blueberries from Lidl paired up with a Publix $6.99 lemon pepper rotisserie chicken. This is one good, but very inexpensive meal. Mrs. Dan and I were at Lidl last Sunday afternoon and I naturally wandered over to their wine aisle. When they first opened years ago their wine display was fancy and had everything displayed by value and was pretty snazzy. No wines you’ve ever heard of but they were pretty good. Now it’s down to some simple shelves and about 1/2 the selection of different wines. Cheap is still the mainstay here. I saw this one lonely bottle, the only thing on the shelf, and it called to me. The fact it was under $8 had something to do with it too. I got…

La Jota Vineyard Co. Merlot 2017, Napa Valley Cost: $82-86 There is something special about mountain wines. Struggling at high elevations in rocky soils pushes vines to produce grapes with more depth and complexity. Wines from mountain vineyards usually have a little extra flavor. The grapes get a lot of sun, but because they are at a higher altitude with cooler temperatures, it takes the grapes longer to ripen. All of that gives them more intense, complex flavors. The mountain soils also usually impart a mineral flavor that I particularly like. The La Jota Merlot is a great example of a mountain Merlot. La Jota also gives the grapes a lot more attention than most wines, showing what a premium wine is all about. The wine is a gorgeous deep garnet in the glass, with dark fruit aromas. On the palate I picked up flavors of black cherry, ripe raspberries…

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