October 21, 2006

A Trip to Da Liquor Store with Jimbo.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 6:46 pm

Liquor Store.jpgThe one day I was home last week, I went into the basement to fetch a bottle of red wine. Holy cannoli! No red wine! Not a single bottle to be found. There were a few whites and even a bottle of “pink” for those who like “pink” wine. But, alas, no red.

I resolved that, upon my return to the Garden State, I would make a wine run and maybe, just maybe, pick up a bit of spirits as well.

After a morning walk, some backyard chores (blecch), a trip to the store to buy a new winter jacket, I finally hit the liquor store, which is just about one of my favorite places to shop. In fact, it’s not shopping; it’s an adventure

Seeing as how I don’t have any interesting content in mind, I thought I would share with you the haul from the trip to the liquor store. They looooves me at the liquor store.

Ravenswood Merlot , 2002 (2 bottles)
Ravenswood Cabernet, 2002 (2 bottles) – Had this one before. Primo.
Red Knot Shiraz, 2004, Australia
Muir Wood Syrah, 2000, California
Conte Priola Chianti, 2005, Italy
Twin Wells Shiraz, 2003, Australia
Toro, 2004 (Red from Spain – tasted it in the store, cheap and pretty good)
Blackstone Syrah, 2003
Sangiovese Di Romagna, Riserva, 2002, Italy
St. Francis Merlot, 2001 (Always a fave)
Rombauer Merlot, 2001 (I love this one; a bit pricey, but, for a special occasion – poifect!)

Chateau Reynella, McLaren Vale, Old Cave Fine Old Tawny Port (aged 12 years), Austraila (2 bottles) – A house should never be without port.

Three Olives Chocolate Vodka (2 bottles) – No surprise there.
Three Olives Vanilla Vodka (Based on my mondo positive experience with the chocolate, I have to give the vanilla a go, no? Abso-farookin’-lutely.)
Cruzan Coconut Rum (Straight from the freezer – very good!)



  1. Dude, that’s just obscene. I haven’t bought that much wine, total, in the last 10 years.

    Of course, my situation might have something to do with a 10-year-old daughter and her three younger brother…

    Comment by Ken Adams — October 21, 2006 @ 7:11 pm

  2. Ken,

    My daughter is old enough to enjoy it with me. Your day will come. 🙂


    Comment by Jim — October 21, 2006 @ 7:22 pm

  3. That is some kinda assortment! Considering your expertise… and, undoubtedly, your good taste… I think I need to copy this list for my own research/taste-feast.

    Comment by Jean — October 22, 2006 @ 4:29 am

  4. That Rombauer Merlot is seriously good. I’ve also had the Blackstone and Ravenswood – R’wood also makes a dandy old vine red Zin.

    Three Olives Chocolate Vodka is so going on my shopping list. That stuff rocks!

    “My daughter is old enough to enjoy it with me.” Same here. Elder Daughter and I have enjoyed a few tipples together. The Mistress of Sarcasm, on the other hand, is a tee-totaler. Maybe a sip of wine or a Cosmo now and then at most. Who’d a thunk it?

    Comment by Elisson — October 22, 2006 @ 7:00 am

  5. Personally, I loves me some Burgundy, and Shnapps, naturally (what Jew doesn’t love Shnapps?) …

    But the Coconut Rum … daaaayum, that stuff gives me the worst heartburn.

    So, Jimbo, you bought all of that wine … at the same time?

    Props, yo.

    Comment by Erica — October 22, 2006 @ 8:28 am

  6. Jimbo,

    wishe dI was there, I LOVE going to the liquor store, and am lucky enough to have an excellent one, right down the road. (hard to find down here)

    I am sad I missed Erics, and the chocolate vodka.

    I do have a question for your readers.

    I enjoy wine, but get headaches almost immediately with reds. So far the only red wine I have drank recently without a headache is some white merlot (that was red) …


    does anyone know of any other reds that might accomadate me.

    Comment by armywifetoddlermom — October 22, 2006 @ 11:49 am

  7. Oh, and before I forget, we managed to get through season 1 of Carnavale ALREADY.

    Did enjoy it…

    thought I knew who management was, but maybe not…

    do not tell me

    also anxiously awaiting Season 3 of Deadwood to be out..


    Comment by armywifetoddlermom — October 22, 2006 @ 11:50 am

  8. I second (or was it third?) the Ravenswood Cab. And Elisson is right – if you like that, you’ll probably LOVE the Zin. Ravenswood also very occasionally puts out some bottles from Amador County. If you can find them, grab them. My local mega-stores swear it’s not made anymore, but a little mom & pop store near me gets it once in a great while.

    Comment by Shamrock — October 22, 2006 @ 12:17 pm

  9. That is one damn fine assortment Jim. I am very impressed!

    Comment by Kate — October 22, 2006 @ 4:29 pm

  10. So, you gots to let me know whether the vanilla lives up to the standard of the chocolate…..

    And, BTW, in 2001 St. Francis was still owned by my mom’s cousin. Strange but true…. I love their wines.

    Comment by caltechgirl — October 22, 2006 @ 6:11 pm

  11. Want to adopt me? 🙂

    Comment by Lisa W. — October 22, 2006 @ 8:23 pm

  12. .. what?… no Scotch?… you Philistine!…

    Comment by Eric — October 22, 2006 @ 9:25 pm

  13. So which one came in cardboard???

    Comment by Brian, "Proud to be a Veteran" — October 23, 2006 @ 10:47 am

  14. Next time you make a wine trip, search out Liberty School Cabernet. I think you’ll enjoy it.

    Comment by gregor — October 24, 2006 @ 6:44 pm

  15. armywifetoddlermom (I hope I got that right!)
    ask yer local wine merchant for organic red wines. they are made without added sulfites, which could be causing your headaches.
    my personal favorite is called Radical Red. decent table wine, but heady enough to have with dinner.

    Comment by gregor — October 24, 2006 @ 6:47 pm

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