Saturday 2nd of June 2012

The Bad Wine Club

May 25th 2012
A friend of mine like myself loves his wine, but like me often ends up with undrinkable bottles.

These can come as rushed cheap offerings from dinner party guests, or simply bad personal choices, choosing massively reduced offers that are not really offers. They can sit around untouched for years, shunned and gathering dust, with no hope of improvement with the passing of time. Sometimes these orphaned bottles are all that remain in the wine cupboard. With no choice left to you, they plead to be rolled out again as an offering to a dinner party you have been invited to, but this is very bad form. Even if you do not have the time to find a wine merchant or supermarket on the way, giving someone a cheap wine feels more of an insult that an enhancement to an evening (unless they gave it to you in the first place).

Another option is a local tombola, but once there, the wine will probably never escape. The lucky person who wins it would most probably put it back in the tombola the following year, and so on. An eternity of church fetes (whenever I now think of church fetes I have the image of David Walliams in drag being sick, maybe he won and drank one of those bottles).

Taste is very much subjective, so there would be a vague chance that my wine loving friend may like my dislikes and visa-versa. And so was born the 'Bad Wine Club'. A perfect excuse to give someone a bottle of unwanted wine, before time turned it to stronger vinegar, it ruined a perfectly good gravy, or it became an appalling dinner party gift

It would also be fun to see who could come up with the most terrible bottle.

So my friend kicked off with Echo Falls Red Wine which I reviewed here, enough said.

I replied smugly with Ogio Zinfandel Rose of which I have several bottles for some reason (either gifts or supermarket online shopping substitutes). I find this wine very sweet and empty. A real dissapointment. At just £4.99 from Tesco my expectations were low, but not that low. Apparently reduced from a massive £9.99, a typical candidate for the Bad Wine Club.

I will report back as more bottles exchange hands and avoid death by tombola.

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