Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Omega is pretty good cab, especially considering it comes from Lodi, an area better known for California's historic Zinfandel grape, corporate vineyards, and jug wine.
As it turns out, though, Lodi today grows more premium grapes than Napa and Sonoma combined. Omega is one of the newer (2002) wineries at the forefront of the changing trends. And if you shuffle on in to one of the local wineries you may be served by the actual winemaker. Lots of folks find that intriguing.
Honestly, I'm rarely disappointed in the people pouring wine. Except that stingy chick at Silver Horse. I mean that girl was tight. You'da thought it was coming out of her paycheck. Lordy. Nice place though. To be sure, being served by the winemaker is a nice treat, but that doesn't mean that corporate hires drones.
Trying to remember that winery way back down some brown dirt road outside of Paso where the guy pouring was hammered cuz he'd been tasting all day himself. The late afternoon sunlight was stifling but it was cool inside. Dude's shirt was from Rocking Horse and he was filling the glass, none of this half finger nonsense. Now THERE'S a down side to wine tasting. He steered us to a fun dinner in Paso and iffen I can recall, I think he may have joined us later. Lessee, pretty sure that was before BA & Robey, although she joined us. We'll see if she catches that. Five bucks says no. Henderson says that place sold out and it's all sterile and corporate now. Too bad.
Oh, the wine? Well, it was pretty good. Did I already say that?
Herbs, blackberry, currants. Smooth and easy on the palate. It was a nice surprise and I was expecting less. Ruby red, medium to full bodied.
The label is understated, no kitsch, no flambé, no cool factor. Have I been warped by the very thing that violates the rule? You know which one. Repeat. The quality of the wine is inversely proportional to the coolness of the label.
The wine was good. It retails for around thirteen dollars US. That puts into a market niche where there is stiff competition. If it was eight bucks, it'd be a great wine for the price. At thirteen, it's not bad but there are better wines to be had. That said, I'd open another bottle. That's cheating though because somebody gave me several bottles. Just living right I guess.
Serve this wine with mesquite grilled top sirloin, ribs, or hearty pastas with red sauce.
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