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Wine

Wines are rated on a scale of 1 to 20.

Winery Type Year Day We Drank It Price Paid Rating
Purple Moon Merlot 2002 March 2004 $3.99 4
Comments:
"YUCK! Pretty bottle, but the only thing good I can say about the contents is that it contains alcohol. Tastes like glue!"
—Chris

Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 2001 February 2004 $10.99 18
Comments:
"This is currently my favorite wine. It's somewhat spendy, but sooo worth it."
—Chris

Charles Shaw Assorted Varieties 2003 All the time! $1.99 8
Comments:
"We're practically swimming in this stuff! At $1.99 per bottle from Trader Joes, you almost make money by drinking it. Granted, the taste isn't real impressive, but, you know what -- I don't care! All the sophistication of wine-drinking, at the cost of Schlitz...the perfect every day wine. When I pick up a case for $24, I truely feel blessed to live in California."
—Chris

Crane Lake (California) Merlot 2001? April - May 2003 $3.50 9
Comments:
"It's so cheap, it's worth it! At 2 bottles for 7 bucks, it's almost as cheap as high quality malt liquor. Taste-wise, it's not real impressive. But, the price is right!"
—Chris

Vampire (Romania) Merlot 2001 March 16, 2003 $6.99 16
Comments:
"I thought it was pretty good."
—Margaret

"It says 'Drink the blood of the vine'! It's from Transylvania! It's reasonably cheap ($6.99)! For maximum enjoyment, heat it to 98.6 degrees. Aw hell, stab yourself (or someone else) and drink that. You wouldn't know the difference, you dumb uncivilized barbarian."
—Chris

Forest Ville (California) Merlot 2000 March 16, 2003 ? 12
Comments:
"A tasty treat for the right price!"
—Margaret

"Our friend Mark says, 'Here's what I know about wine. Merlot — usually pretty good.' This one is no exception. The name cracks me up. I imagine it coming from the land of the hobbits or some shit."
—Chris

Turning Leaf Reserve (California) Merlot 2000 Feb. 17, 2002 ? 10
Comments:
"This stuff has a bite that you can smell and taste. It's the kind of wine that gives your mouth a little shock. I think that I like my wines a bit smoother than this. It also packs another kind of punch: it gets me drunk in one glass. Powerful stuff."
—Margaret

"Gets points for packing a punch. Points subtracted for turpentine-like aftertaste and throat burn."
—Chris

Beaulieu Vineyard Coastal (California) Pinot Noir 2000 Feb. 18, 2002 ? 15
Comments:
"Mostly mellow going down, with a little zip on the back of the tongue."
—Margaret

"Fruity. Tastes like grapes, specifically. I agree about the mellow-ness and the zippy-ness. Definately tart, but not abrasive. Yum."
—Chris

Llano Estacado (Texas) Signature Red Meritage 1999 Feb. 19, 2002 ? 17
Comments:
"Tasty. I'd like a piece of cheese with this one!"
—Margaret

"Nice n Mellow with a berry thing going on. I like it."
—Chris

Santa Rita (Chile) Merlot 2000 Feb. 26, 2002 ? 14
Comments:
"Very nice and smooth. A good wine to drink on its own."
—Margaret

"A nice merlot at a nice price — $6."
—Chris

Lindemans (South Eastern Australia) Shiraz 2000 Feb. 27, 2002 ? 11
Comments:
"This is a zippy one, though not as zippy as the Turning Leaf Merlot. A dry taste from down under."
—Margaret

"Strange complex taste that my untrained palette can't understand."
—Chris

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