New York City…Famous for Broadway and BBQ?

This one earned a half glass.We ought to write a play about two frustrated cheap-wine lovers who find a vintage that seems only to exist in an empty bottle.

Notebook in hand, they set off on a worldwide web adventure that takes them right back to … well … here.  And while we were anxious to start “Spreadin’ the news…” about our latest wine find, it would appear that outside of this review there isn’t a lot of additional information. On a recent jaunt to the Grocery Outlet, amongst the several selections that caught our eye was the 2008 Bar-B-Q Red.  The label was up to par, the $4.99 price agreed with our bottom line and we had just picked up a package of tasty free-range ground beef at our local co-op.  There’s just something about a wine originating from the Rhône Valley in the south of France and imported by a wine distributor in New York City that makes us want to get our ‘grill’ on. And so, by way of propane and propane accessories (yes, a little King of The Hill reference for all our hickabilly cartoon wine lovin’ friends) we grilled up a couple of savory ranch burgers piled high with feta cheese and drizzled with horseradish mustard. This wine was the perfect accompaniment to the robust flavor of our main course alongside a helping of seasoned tots and Some Dude’s Fry Sauce.

We’d like to say that this wine is redolent with Big Apple flavor, but it’s not. At least we don’t think so; we don’t really know what redolent means. The wine is a flavorful, hearty red full of spice with a smooth finish. But it does little to distinguish itself from the other reds out there.

We like to research our wine, share links to websites and give props where props is due, but quite frankly, we hit a lot of dead ends on this exploration. Simply put, no news is NEVER good news when you are trying to market or sell a product, and in the age of digital technology it’s important to keep your website current and functional. We can’t share the link to this wine, because it no longer exists.  And that’s too bad, because the label boasts we would find great BBQ recipe ideas based on their “Cook it low and slow” motto.  What we did find was the importer’s single-page snippet announcing the launch of a new site in January of 2011.  It seems the folks over at Biagio Cru and Estate Wines in New York are a bit slow cooking up more than just BBQ, which is a little surprising considering they are so close to a city that never sleeps.   We won’t be too harsh on the wine itself, because we’d purchase this vagabond vino again given the opportunity.  Bon Appe-Yee Haw folks!

Aromatique: Spicy and bold, full/round.

SipQuips:  Spicy intense flavor, not terribly fruity. Fairly dry.

Kitchen Couplings:  Robust BBQ meats, grilled burgers with feta or blue cheese. Food with equally bold flavor.

5 Responses to “New York City…Famous for Broadway and BBQ?”

  1. Nick M says:

    Laying here in bed, reading this review, gave me a hankerin’ for a tasty burger. A photo of the gem you described would have been nice! (Where did I get the idea that Brad was a veggie head?)

    • BraDebbie says:

      Well Nick, Brad’s actually a recovering vegetarian. Ate no meat, not even fish, for more than 20 years. He’s since adopted a more locavore approach, adding free-range organic or wild-caught meats and fish to his diet, preferably sourced locally and always treated humanely. No feedlot beef or caged chickens. The meat is way more expensive, which means that a lot of meals are still meatless around here.

  2. Stacey says:

    I don’t drink wine, don’t like wine… I just come here for the laughs!

    • BraDebbie says:

      Hah! Stacy, that’s awesome. We’ll try to keep the yuks coming, along with some food reviews and other things to keep your non-wine-loving interest up.

  3. Kristine says:

    We found ourselves in the same situation! We picked up 3 cases after a couple bottles of this & wiped out the supply here in Salem, OR at Grocery Outlet. Hard to find a good blend that goes so well with all the BBQ’ing we like to do. Too bad I have no idea where to find more of this! If you do, please let us know. :) Thanks for the info.


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