The theme he chose for the 48th WBW is to go back to your roots. Your "wine drinking roots." As he says in his announcement for this particular WBW, I just want you to pick one of the wines from the beginning of your journey, taste it again for the first time in a while, and tell us about it.
Well, I was going to go out and get a bottle of Mateus Rose, since that's really the first bottle of wine I tried that I liked. I would happily have that with pizza that I took out from this place called Compari's, in Inglewood (to this day that my memory tells me made the best pizza I have ever eaten). Or a bottle of Gallo Pink Chablis that I remember drinking at Lawry's The Prime Rib, thinking it went swell with the meat.
But then last weekend during lunch at my sister's place, she opened a bottle of 2006 Sutter Home White Zinfandel. Now, the first sip I ever took of a white zin was a while after my Mateus and Pink Chablis days, but I figured what the heck, they are practically interchangeable! And it would save me the trouble of having to go looking around for one of those other two wines.
And so... how was it? Sweet. Sweet, sweet, sweet. Orange/pink sugared strawberry water. Like drinking monotonous candy. Were my Mateus and Pink Chablis this bad but time has sanded away the edges? Was Compari's really not the best pizza I've ever eaten but it has attained living legend status in my mind?
I really can't say, but what I can say is I would not drink this Sutter Home White Zin on my dime, that's for sure. It is best described by saying it was sugared water. Regrettably, after a lengthy string of thumbs up wines, I've got to turn the thumbs down for this one. You're better off with Two Buck Chuck.
Here's the matching YouTube video for this wine. Click here if you can't see it below (or don't click if you don't want to see it).
I'm not even going to post a link to the Amazon CD page..