A few months ago, I came across a wine called House Swine at a nearby liquor store. I will admit that I was intrigued despite the little piggy on the bottle. Though I don’t automatically have prejudice against wine with critters on it, I do tend to avoid them as a twenty-two-year-old female because I don’t want to be profiled. Every time I enter a store, I half expect someone to try and sell me a bottle with a tap dancing cat on the label. That being said, if a wine is good, I’m not going to shy away from it because it’s adorable on the outside. Personally, I’m all for adorable…I just like tasty more.
I ended up picking it up as part of a deal while I was going a little crazy at the store. They give you a ten percent discount if you buy thirteen bottles of wine, which sounds like a steal to me. I know that this still means that the wines are ninety percent on, but I’d rather grab thirteen bottles in one go and save some money than spread it out and save no money. Clearly, I should have majored in economics.
After opening it up and allowing it to sit for a little bit, I started the whole swirling and
oinking sniffing process. The clear garnet Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara gave off aromas of ripe red berries, particularly strawberry, and cinnamon with a distinct meatiness to it. All of this followed through as I tasted and before I knew it, most of the bottle was gone. In general, this was a wine that was enjoyable, meant for easy drinking and pairing, and wasn’t overly heavy. It wasn’t a life changing wine, but it was one that I would feel comfortable sharing with both my “wine” friends and those who don’t know much about the craft. For me, this red was worth the $23 price tag, though as a poor postgraduate, I couldn’t pick it up every week. If you’ve tried House Swine, I’d love to hear what you thought of it as I’m still beginning my affair with wine and love hearing what others experience as well!
The label for sure looks cute, and this is how we all often buy wines (by the look of the label), so this makes sense. And of course Santa Barbara is one of the best Pinot Noir sources in US, so I’m glad the wine delivered.
Was going to ask where its from. I usually avoid wines with animals kn the labels but this does sound interesting.
Edited this one to add the location! I could have sworn I had it in there originally, but obviously not. I definitely think this one’s worth a try (despite the animal on the label, haha).
Definitely an enjoyable choice!
Be honest, did it make you want to slop around in mud? 😉
Debbie, I don’t think anything’s ever made me want to slop around in mud…I’m more of a waterpark kinda gal.
Lol! Just checking! 😄
I would have bought this for sure as I’m crazy for clever labels. Sometimes the wine is good, too!
This wine was definitely good! The label is also adorable. It’s a double whammy of greatness.
3 thoughts on your fab post: 1) Ok – lovely wine, cute art, but the name? Swine makes me think of a contagion, as in flu, not a clever pun. Swineaux would have been a little classier, non? 2) You should be unapologetic about buying 13 bottles of wine to save 10%. Think of all the gas money you saved. 3) I find it fascinating how you are a “poor” postgrad student who studies in an office that looks like it was decorated by the Musée de l’Ermitage in St. Petersburg. You are an enigma. 🍷😘xo
Swineaux just sounds like the French version of the contagion you mentioned above, but I’d buy it! The Musée de l’Ermitage is where I am living. They let poor college students live here rent free and we help out with the exhibits…just kidding, I’m living with my grandma who likes the finer home decor, but I’m still not making any money as a postgrad, so I classify myself as poor. haha.
Well Gma has good taste! Xo
I have read several reviews of this wine; all good. Guess I should try it. Thanks!
Definitely worth a try! I really enjoyed it.
Sounds like you came across a good one. 🙂
hahahahaha,..I laughed when I read the title! That wine sounds like a really good one!
Hahah! I was happy when I thought of it. Glad you liked the title!