Wine Makes Everything Better

Let me tell you a little story.

Nearly two years ago, I submitted myself to allergy testing – mainly because nothing I took helped me breathe better and partly because I wanted to know what in the world I was allergic to ALL YEAR LONG. I’m not even joking about that. I had a perpetual runny nose, sneezed like crazy every day, and was generally miserable.

So, off to the clinic I went for an environmental allergy panel. It looked like this. That, my friends, is what it looks like to be severely allergic to EVERY DAMN THING IN CENTRAL TEXAS.

Anyway, here we are, 23 months later, and I’ve finally completed the “ramp-up” series of allergy shots. If you’re not familiar with allergy shots, these are progressively more powerful shots (in each arm) at least once a week until you reach maximum dosage. Which by the way, is not called maximum dosage. They use the word “maintenance” which cannot possibly describe the pain, irritation, itching, and general exhaustion of being administered the maximum dosage of every single allergen that triggers your histamine reactions.

It’s miserable, is what I’m saying.

But, at the end of the day, there is a soothing balm for all the pain one must endure to desensitize one’s body to all those horrible allergens: there is wine. (Insert chorus of angels here.) (Hi Mom!)

This week, we’ve enjoyed a couple of delightful new finds that I think you’ll enjoy, even if (especially if) you’re not suffering from what is basically self-induced torture. Allow me to introduce:

Bohemian Highway Merlot (California 2009)

Believe it or not, I found this wine on the most ridiculous clearance sale ever. What is normally a $6-7 wine, was on sale for about $1.75! I can’t believe it either! It’s a nice dark russet red in the glass, with an earthy cherry-tobacco fragrance. It actually tastes really fruity with a hint of dark chocolate. It’s not complex by any stretch of the imagination, but by God, it was the best $1.75 wine I’ve ever enjoyed. Try it sometime, I’m sure you’ll like it!

The Little Penguin Pinot Noir (Australia 2010)

This is by far the best non-Washington, non-Oregon Pinot Noir I’ve purchased in ages. And for only $4.20 (heh) at Spec’s, it’s a total steal. It’s dark, dark magenta in the glass, and all fruit in both fragrance and flavor. We enjoyed it with Italian sausage one night and then with pasta & mushrooms another night. It was excellent – you should get some.

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3 Responses to Wine Makes Everything Better

  1. Jeff says:

    Bohemian Highway always reminds me of gummy bears. Good stuff. Wee jealous about the price – there has to be more to the story. I’m thinking you broke bad and threatened the wholesaler.

  2. Knighton says:

    Not even. My HEB was having a blow-out clearance of all their discontinued wines, about 75-80% off on average. I bought a mixed half-case to get that additional 10% off, and ended up scoring the Bohemian Highway for about $1.50-ish.

    Sadly, they don’t carry it anymore, so I’m forced to visit Spec’s and pay full price if I want more. I should have bought every last bottle they had.

  3. Jeff says:

    … and thrown a party. FTFY.

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