Welcome to the November edition of the TGS Wine Club. I am writing to you all this month with a heavy heart. I was hoping we would be having a celebration wine but, as you know, a dark, Cheeto Orange cloud has fallen upon our beloved country. I am in the midst of my grieving process for a United States I thought I knew. For me, one of the most important stages in this process is the stage where I consume as much wine as possible. That’s the stage I’m currently in and feel I will be perpetually stuck in for the next 1,446 days. (Real talk though, now is when we fight, educate, donate, volunteer, help, have the hard conversations, and never EVER give up hope.)
Given the circumstances, this last week I’ve allowed myself to buy wine that is over $10.
We all deserve to treat ourselves and what better time than the present. Also, BevMo was lit the hell up with the “5-Cent-Wine-Sale” so it just made sense to splurge! BUT DON’T WORRY FOLKS I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN MY HUMBLE BEGINNINGS (lol and neither has my bank account) so I’m back at it with some cheap ass wine! So without further ado:
The November selection for TGSWC is…
This month’s selection is near and dear to my heart. For the first time at TGSWC our monthly wine has been recommended and selected by a loyal reader and one of our sites biggest fans: MY MOM! (Special shout out to my brother, Ben, who indulged in this wine with her!) How cool is it that my mom is not only okay with me binge drinking wine and getting drunk on school nights, but also feels compelled to buy cheap wine and recommend it to me?! That’s unconditional love, y’all!
Let’s start with the aesthetic of this bottle. The label for Our Daily Red last month was a work of art – we can’t deny that. However, this label makes me feel warm on the inside. That’s a big statement for someone whose heart and soul froze over the moment “HE” won Florida. (Florida was my least favorite state in the USA before November 8, 2016, but oh lord, did last Tuesday solidify my feelings.) Really though, this label is beyond cute. It’s simple and understated but stands out at the liquor store in comparison to all of the overpriced bottles whose labels are trying way too hard.
Lab Red Blend rang up at $7.99. Pricey? Yes. Quality? OFF THE CHARTS! Okay, I have to note that I am extremely biased on this wine because my mother selected it. HOWEVER, I am putting that aside and doing my best to be objective. It’s legit tasty! I’m a sucker for Red Blends (just a reminder that I don’t know what “Red Blends” actually means). Lab has everything going for it. It’s dry but not too dry, sweet but no tooth ache, acidic but not pucker-worthy. It goes down smooth and doesn’t give off a pungent smell like Our Daily Red. That’s basically my entire checklist for what constitutes a good wine.
I didn’t eat dinner before cracking this bad dog (get it?!) open so it is going straight to my head. I gave myself an extremely healthy “one glass” pour, which equated to half the bottle. *~*Whatever*~*
10/10! If I believed in ranking things over 10 on a 1-10 scale as some you basics like to do I would give it 1,000,000/10 simply because my Mom was the hero that graced us with this delicious bottle.
If you’re trying to get tipsy quick I recommend working out, skipping dinner, and then chugging a half bottle of wine. It sure did the trick for me! But at the same time, I don’t want to be responsible for any deaths, injuries, or generic bad decisions so maybe eat dinner and drink responsibly? IDK. Don’t threaten me with a good time.
Ideal pairing for Lab Red Blend: Hillary Clinton winning both the popular AND the electoral vote, Vanderpump Rules Seasons 1-5, “Human Touch” by Betty Who playing on repeat, or any combination of the three.
**I hope everyone who is reading this has allowed themselves a moment of self-care in the past week. We are stronger and greater than this hand we have been dealt. If you are hurting or struggling to comprehend as I am, just know that the entire Grayscale crew and I are a simple email/comment/text/call away. We are always available. We are your tribe. We will fight right alongside you.**