I'm having a non-bourbon night tonight, after working the noon-9 shift at the liquor store. I brought home a couple of bottles of a red wine I've been eying for a couple of weeks -- 2001 Trinity Oaks Zinfandel. It's an inexpensive, light-ish Zin, but I generally prefer red to have a few years of bottle-aging, and 2001 was one of the better recent years for the varietal in California. It was a case of lousy stock rotation by the distributor -- we've sold the 2004 Trinity Oaks more recently -- so this has tempted me since the moment I saw it.
Anyway, am pleasantly surprised. While lighter-bodied than I expect Zinfandel to be, this has very bright and lively fruit -- dark cherries, red raspberries -- and still it contains purple tints in the glass. Yet, a solid backbone of tannins lies underneath. The color leads me to believe there's no hurry to open it (though certainly it's not exactly age-worthy, either), so I may just grab the remaining 4-5 bottles on the shelf. Having paid just $5.94 each for two bottles, I feel well-rewarded.
As a sometime angina sufferer, I too often forget to remember that red wine is a more proactive and enjoyable cause of a headache than nitroglycerine tablets. I need to remember to give over a few nights more often to the grape spirits.