I’ve been spending a lot of time solo of late, as Kevin has been working quite a bit. Last week, I had a bad day at work, and with no one to share my woes with when I came home, I decided that cooking and wine would have to be my therapists. Although I sometimes complain about being left alone, I have to say that there is something wonderful about being alone in the house, turning your music on as loud as you want, and getting out the cutting board and a wine glass.
And, so, to the sounds of Ray LaMontagne, I opened a bottle of Sunrise Cab Sav and started making a wholesome favourite, Saucy Pork Chops. I love chopping veggies and the colours of them mixing around in the pan, the sizzle of pork chops browning, the sounds of rummaging through cupboards to find the ingredients for the sauce. Add in the music, the wine and the smells of dinner cooking, and you have a soothing sensory masterpiece. I don’t think anything calms me down quite like cooking dinner.
That evening was my first time trying this wine, and I have to say it was a good match for my mood. It’s quite mellow, easy to drink, doesn’t make you think too much. It was a bit too light bodied to be a bottle I’ll buy again, but for $9, it was reliable, smooth, somewhat fruity and not too tart. I didn’t pick up much on the nose or even in the taste, so I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone who takes pleasure in decoding the mysteries of a wine bottle. But for someone who wants an easy, affordable and reliable bottle, this one would do nicely.
Overall, I give this wine an 8/10 for taste and 4/5 for value.