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Modern House Wine - Expensive Red
Alison Brooks

Presswork Wines, Modern House Wines


There is nothing wrong with buying wine based on the label. (Especially if the wine is actually good!) Two recent wine buys were chosen solely on the labels of the wine. Just so happens that the prices were right!

The first of the two wines was spotted at Trader Joe's in Clarendon, Presswork Shiraz. Dark bottle with a white label with blocked letters spelling out PRESSWORK. Below an old press machine with fingerprint in the bottom corner of the label. Very cool. It stood out among all of the other wines in the aisle. And the wine itself is not half bad.

From the land down under, this Shiraz comes from Barossa Valley, one of Australia's oldest and most popular wine growing regions. Presswork Shiraz is a perfect example of Barossa Valley's wine. What's cool about this wine is the grapes used for Presswork were actually meant to be used for a well-known wine label, but the winery had too much juice and couldn't use it. No one likes to waste wine. So Trader Joe's did what it does for most of their wines, negotiated a deal and got the juice!

This wine is inky in color. Swirling the glass and you are greeted with currant notes, and dark red cherries. Sip this wine and you get wonderful spice notes with vanilla and oak on the finish. For a modest $9.99 and a very creative label, this wine is a winner. You'll also find a red blend and Cabernet Sauvignon at Trader Joe's with the same label. All three are phenomenal.

Another one of the most creative wine labels out there graces the bottles of Modern House Wines. Each label has a witty "one liner" on it. There is something appealing about such a simple, yet creative and funny label. A real conversation starter at a party that's for sure! The wine labels are black with white sayings on them like : Expensive , With Love, Here's to You, Help is Here, Go You! Good news: the wine itself is actually very pleasant.

A blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah and Petit Syrah make a wonderful smooth red blend. Think juicy blueberry and plum on the nose followed by blackberry and plum on the palate. Smooth and well balanced, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser, not only for it's very creative labels, but the wine itself is elegant and it was featured in O magazine part of Oprah's favorite things. This wine can be found at Target off of Arlington Boulevard for $12.99 and $9.99 on sale.

So for your next party bring a wine with a creative label that is bound to start some conversations. The bonus is it will also pay off in the glass!

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