I am late.  There is a very long explanation as to why I’m late with my wine review post, but I’ll spare you and just say, I forgot that it was my turn this weekend.  How or why I could forget that it was my turn to drink is beyond me, but it happened.  So yesterday, as Bob headed out the door to run to the grocery store, I quickly added onto his list a bottle of wine.  It’s a frightening thought to think that I would trust my husband to bring back a good bottle of wine, but I think he did okay.

This week’s wine review is for a bottle of Bear Flag Smooth Red Wine.

I know Bob picked it because of it’s fun label, it is totally something that would have caught my eye.  But the twist off top (as opposed to a cork) had me a little bit worried.

The wine is described by them as:

Tempranillo, Touriga, Zinfandel and Alicante Bouschet.  Soft and Juicy.  Yummers.

“Yummers?”  Yep.  Their words, not mine.  Made me laugh.

But other than “Zinfandel,” I have no idea what those other words even mean!  I googled.

Tempranillo is a variety of black grape used to make full bodied red wines from Spain.
Touriga is another grape, a red wine variety from Portugal.
Alicante Bouschet is yet another grape variety originating in France in 1866.

I really had no idea there were so many grape varieties!  See, these wine reviews are totally educational.  Drinking wine in order to get smarter.

I have to say, I think the Bear Flag Smooth Red Wine was a good little $7.99 (with Rewards card) wine from the grocery store.  It was easy to drink and had no bitter aftertaste.  My mom and I both enjoyed it and there was no wincing while swallowing.  I always think that is a good sign!  It is good for a casual drink with friends.

Bear Flag is currently available in:  Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Oregon, and Washington.

For more weekly wine reviews, check out my drinking partners Heather and Cheryl.