Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday Find, December 16

Each Friday we highlight a wine from the Northwest that we think is a real "find." By find we might mean that it's a steal, as all of these wines we'll feature weekly are under $20. We might also mean "Hey, you really need to go find this" and it might be a wine that we feel not enough people know about. In any case, with the weekend pending we're hoping to help you "find" a wine to kickoff the weekend right. We'll tell you a little bit about the wine and try to help you track it down here in the Northwest.

The song Is There a Ghost? by Band of Horses is nearly 3 minutes long.  You know how many words make up the song lyrics?  14.  Seriously, 14, I counted them.  Pay attention to those number 3 and 14.  Acutally mix them up, you get 413.  Sure, there are other patterns, but I don't care about those.  The Ghost of 413 is a wine created by the Giant Wine Co.  Winemakers, Chris Gorman and Mark McNeilly have teamed up on this Washington value blend.  I've been next to both of these men and neither of them are giants, though Mark is tall.  So, maybe the name is an inside joke?   The song Is There a Ghost? is about an attractive young woman who breaks into homes and steals people's pillows ultimately resulting in domestic violence, infidelity and a street brawl.  I've provided the video above so see for yourself.

The Ghost of 413 is the kind of wine at $15 that makes you wonder why you ever paid $40 for that red blend.  It is dark, rich, full bodied.  It's like somebody came into your house and instead of stealing your pillows they covered you and the whole place in dark red velvet tapestries. This wine coats the inside of your soul... er mouth, with blackberries and smoke.  According to the website it's 90% Cabernet and 10% Merlot and Syrah.  That's 110%.  That's what coach always asked for.  There's only 5,000 cases, so don't dilly-dally.


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