Just in time for the playoff party crowd, Block Red Shiraz is a bargain in a box.
And at $10 for 3L, it’s good for extra points.
The grapes come from Australia and the bottling from California. (It is sold at Trader Joe’s.)
The box is equivalent to four 750ml glass bottles priced around $3.25 a bottle. Two elements that ruin wine taste – oxygen and sunlight – are kept at bay by the unique wine cask packaging.
Producers of this box wine declare that “The wine would taste as good after six weeks as it does when you first opened the easy twist spout.”
Whether sold as syrah or shiraz, these grapes produce powerful red wines. Australia is the world’s second largest shiraz grower, after France.
Block Red is deep strawberry hued with aromas of blackberry and fresh earth. Swirl the glass and then sip. Black currant, blueberry chocolate flavors surface along with hints of fig and oak on the palate. The finish is somewhat sweet and similar to a merlot.
This is a food friendly wine that will not overpower the menu choices, in fact try it slightly chilled. Football fare – hot dogs with mustard and sweet pickle relish, garlic fries and buffalo wings – would let you score easily as the host.