Talma Tempranillo Scores Big For a Few Bucks
I think it’s safe to say that everyone has now felt/is still very much feeling the effects of inflation and has modified their spending and consumption to reflect what they can realistically do with their limited dollars. We are definitely opting for more vegetarian dinners such as beans and rice, or eggs and toast (and no, we haven’t had a problem finding eggs, thank goodness). Eating one less meal out or using a cheaper source of protein (did someone say tofu?) all adds up and helps our poor wallets not be quite so emaciated.
Inflation doesn’t just affect our food choices, it affects our entertainment funds and even what type and how much alcohol we can buy.
And, I don’t know if any of you wine tasters have noticed lately, but some wineries and tasting rooms are charging exorbitant amounts to taste these days (I paid $30 for a tasting at one place in Oregon last year), and it doesn’t always even go towards a bottle purchase. 😦 I understand they are trying to make a profit, but, yikes and ouch!
Oddly enough, for a wine aficionada, I don’t actually drink a HUGE amount of wine, so when it comes to spending money on wine, I would often prefer to spend more on a few higher quality bottles than on a glut of vino cheapo. But that’s not at all to say I am resistant to a really good price for a good bottle of wine!
So if you’re wondering if there are any places left offering FREE tastings, let me give you some great news: yes, yes, there are! (*Hallelujah Chorus*). Your local Total Wine & More store offers FREE tastings on certain days of the week! OK, perhaps not everyone’s store does, but for those of you who live near one and are hankering to try some good wines (as well as spirits!), head on down.
For other ideas on where to taste for free in the PNW, see my page Places to Taste.
I tried this Talma Tempranillo at a Total Wine free tasting one Friday afternoon, and even
in the tiny plastic sample cup, it was aromatic and awesome and begged me to take it home. 🙂
Here is the scoop on this fun find that overdelivers for the price:
- $8.99 at Total Wine
- 100% Tempranillo from Spain
- Medium ruby color, semi-opaque
- 13% ABV, medium body
- Moderate acidity, mostly dry
- Medium tannins
- Aromas/Flavors: upon first opening, I got cranberry, currant, bay leaf, pepper. Upon further swirling/decanting: black cherry, raspberry, blackberry, herbs, Bandaid (this aroma is attributable to Brettanomyces yeast), orange, earth, leather, almost a floral aroma, cedar
- A fresher, juicier style of Tempranillo, this is a fairly young wine that hasn’t seen a long time aging or excessive amounts of oak.
- Finish/Conclusion: intriguing cola flavors on the finish. The finish is rather short-lived but that doesn’t detract from the otherwise positive traits of the wine, like the nose, good balance of acid/alcohol/sweetness, and overall great flavor and smoothness.
I hope you enjoy this Tempranillo as much as I did, and that you’re able to find a free wine tasting near you soon!
Has inflation changed how much alcohol you consume or the price point of the alcohol you buy? Comment if you like.