I've finally found the wine to present as tribute to a fearsome
foreign 17th century Shōgun.
It's fascinating how a three-hour drive can alter your identity. Not who you truly are, but how you are perceived by others. Coming from New York, I'm considered a pretty average, skinny jeans wearing, man bun sporting, adult male. But upon arriving in Delaware three months ago, I seem to have evolved into Tom Zacharia - Lord of the Hipsters.
I can't count the number of times I've been asked, "But...what are you doing in Delaware?" This in mind, it seems like little coincidence that I'm currently deeply entrenched in James Clavell's 'Shōgun,' a romping adventure about the fictional English pilot, John Blackthorne, who after being marooned in 17th century Japan on an ill-fated cross-Pacific voyage, is forced to navigate the complex web of an entirely foreign culture.
The Cotes Du Rhone Reserve Perrin Blanc 2015
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If heaven were a sunny day, it would be filled with Perrin.
- When it comes to flavor, think of a wine with the sturdy body of the chardonnay, and the pear and citrus aroma of a Sauvignon Blanc.
- It's pronounced 'Vee-Own-Yay,' as in, We-Own-You, because cash rules everything around thee (though fortunately not this wine, as the price rings in at a reasonable $12).
- Much like 90s boy bands, Viognier wines are best consumed young. They'll only let you down later in life.
But why, you're probably now asking, would this wine be helpful in a foggy, foreign situation? Well friend, thanks for asking, let me tell ya: It works for both wine novices and nerds. Those who are brimming to the bursting bunghole (that's actually a wine term) with wine knowledge will be wooed by the Perrin family name. Those who could care less what cold concoction they consume can simply enjoy it for the delicious, approachable flavor, roundly reasonable price, and your topical humor when you relate my aforementioned 'Vee-Own-Yay' joke to them. Take it, it's yours.
- The Wine: The Cotes Du Rhone Reserve Perrin Blanc 2015
- The Price: Sacrifice three Grande Caramel Frappuccinos from Starbucks, and you'll have made up the $12 it costs to enjoy this bottle.
- The Flavor: Peaches, tart apples, and a cloudless sky. That's where this wine takes me.
- The Application: The next time you yearn for a refreshing drink on a sunny day, that's when you should consider reaching for this bottle. For maximum impact, share with tight mouthed strangers at a barbecue, or in my case, a neighborly gathering at the campground.
- The Rating: 2 - You'll want this bottle, but not so badly that it creates an itch for daily consumption.