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!