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In Pursuit of the Juiciest Wine: Day 112 – Bogle Phantom 2008

For this St. Patrick’s Day, I’m demanding real rock. The shamrock just isn’t as good.

Bogle Phantom 2008This St. Patrick’s Day I’m drinking Bogle Phantom 2008, but with a name like that, you’d think it would best be served on Halloween.

The Bogle Phantom 2008 is blend of 51% old vine Zinfandel, 47% Petite Sirah, and 2% old vine Mouvèdre.

The back of the bottle has a fun story:

In the dark recesses of the cellar you sense a presence, hear footsteps. Why is it these things only happen when you are alone? In the shadows, a glimpse of muddy boots and old blue jeans . . . the lurking legacies of hard work and determination left by those who have come before you.

We are proud to carry on this tradition of our founders with this unique red wine: a deep ruby apparition that personifies the true spirit of the Phantom.

There should be a Muwahhaahaha at the end, too.

To the Phantom.

The label says the color is “a deep ruby apparition.” I wouldn’t say “deep.” “Ruby,” yes. It’s not very deep, and it’s like 80% opaque. I’d expect deeper and darker with a Zinfandel and Petite Syrah blend.

On the antesniff, I thought of a wine for a child. (Yes, I jut invented a word. The “antesniff” is the odor that enters your nose before you consiously sniff. It’s the “before” sniff.)

Now to the sniff sniff. It’s flowery and light with some berries. But a dark fruit and smoke dominate the odor.

It tastes much different than it looks or smells. It tastes like scary. Dark and morbid. There’s a pepper finish, too. In fact, I keep thinking of a dark cellar with a dirt floor and hanging lightbulb with a pull string.

I taste dark berries and cinnamon.

This wine definitely needs some food to bring out the flavor, like a mild sausage. In fact, now that I taste it again, I pick up a dry, mild sausage.

I can also taste the Mouvèdre on the finish.

I’m not sure what I think of this wine. It’s enjoyable. Without food, it’s an 88. With food, I imagine it’s an 89, but it might reach 90. I think provolone cheese would also be a good complement.

You can read the Bogle fact sheet by clicking Bogle Phantom 2008 Fact Sheet. Interesting note: according to the fact sheet “Bogle” means “A goblin; a specter; a phantom; a bogy, boggart, or bugbear.”//


How Many Calories Are in a Glass of Wine?

I know some of you wine drinkers are counting calories or watching your weight, and you are probably wondering how many calories are in a glass of wine. As a result, I have been doing some research to determine how many calories are in a glass of wine. The calories vary by varietal, but they all have a similar number of calories. Below is a chart I made for the most common varietals, or the ones I drink most.

Three notes.

One: I broke this down by ounces, glass, and bottle. A bottle is 750 milliliters or 25.36 ounces, and a bottle is supposed to hold four glasses of wine plus a little more. (There are 1.36 ounces more, which, I have been told, have absolutely no calories!) So that is why there is a 6 oz column, because that’s a glass of wine. If you pour smaller or larger amounts in your glass, then you can multiply the 1 oz column by how many ounces you poured.

Two: Calories will also vary by vineyard. So the Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 may have a more or fewer calories than the Columbia Crest Cabernet Grand Estates Sauvignon 2007.

Three: Yes, I made that image above. Pretty good, hunh?! (Click it to see it large. Then click it again. I’m quite impressed with this image. I made the glass see through.)

Here’s the chart. It doesn’t include Tempranillo, but I assume they will be like a Granacha. If you want a printable version, click How Many Calories Are in a Glass of Wine?

Calories in Wine



in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day sixty-three (Concannon Petite Sirah Selected Vineyards 2008)

It feels like months since I’ve had a wine tasting. What have I been doing to prevent this. Well, first off, I have been drinking, but I have not been writing about. In the meanwhile, though, I was preparing for and having a reading with Sean Thomas Dougherty at A Different Path Gallery. (I should have pictures and some video of that soon.) I went to The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington, D. C. (I should have pictures and some video of that soon, too.) And I’ve been writing a paper for my lecture that I will be giving Saturday. The lecture’s title is: Lineation: An Introduction to the Poetic Line. It’s 24 pages with 1.5-spacing. Which may or may not be too long for the 40 minutes or so I have. Actually, the lecture is 17 pages for 40 minutes, and then the rest is for exercises that will be done after the lecture, plus a one-page bibliography of things I didn’t read but that I want to read or may have a long time ago.

Anyway. I realized I need and want to write a book about the line. If you can’t wait for the book, the lecture will be posted, with pictures, on this site on Saturday.

Concannon Petite Sirah Selected Vineyards 2008So enough of that. On to the wine – Concannon Petite Sirah Selected Vineyards 2008.

I’ve had this wine before but a different vintage. I remember liking it. So let’s hope it’s still good.

Duriff grapes

Duriff grapes

The Petite Sirah is not related to Sirah, Syrah, or Shiraz. The Petite Sirah is actually a big, strong grape. Some say it’s the same as a Duriff grape, some say no, some it once was the same and no longer is. Perhaps it was. Perhaps it comes from Larkmead and Louis Martini’s grapes from the forties. Whatever the case, today it is its own grape. Or is it? (The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau says Duriff and Petite Sirah are synonymous. ) Anyway.

Does it taste good?

It’s a dark and bright wine. It smells of laughter and fruit and flowers. It smells of carmalized brown sugar and plums and green apples.

It tastes thiner than it looks, but the body is still large. There’s a mild amount of spice to it, as well. It’s solid concentration of berries, especially black berries. My girlfriend gets blackberry pie. She’s right.  I also get cold, dark plums.

There’s a sweet taste on the finish that I like but that I can’t identify.

This is a good wine, especially for $9.  I give it 88.5 points. The half point is for having laughter in its nose.

This should go good with the tomato, spinach, shiitake mushroom pasta with vodka sauce and Parmesan cheese.//


in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day thirty

It’s been too hot to drink wine, especially to drink and discuss it. I even had to put a few bottles of red wine in the fridge to cool them down, but that made the wines too tart. So today is more bearable for wine drinking. However, today one of my full-length poetry manuscripts got rejected again. It’s been rejected at least 38 times in all of its manifestations, but this rejection was special. I sent out my manuscript at exactly 8:00 p.m. yesterday, and I received the rejection today at 2:55 p.m. That’s 18 hours and 55 minutes from submission to rejection. Crazy.

So now I’m having a contest. I’ve asked people, and now you, to read my manuscript and to write the most scathing review possible. The winning review will be posted here. So, if you want a copy let me know in the comments or email me, and I’ll send you a copy. Reviews need to be in by September 15.

Cupcake Vineyards Petite Sirah 2007To celebrate my 503rd rejection, I will drink Cupcake Vineyards Petite Sirah 2007. I have been hearing good things about Cupcake, so here’s hoping what I heard is right.

By the way, “Petites are anything but petite – they tend to be big, strong, muscular, and, well, purple” (Lisa Shea,

The Cupcake Vineyards Petite Sirah 2007 has a dark, dark purple color with a thin, three-layered meniscus: dark purple on the bottom, a purple-pink in the middle, and clear on top. That’s interesting. Maybe it is cupcake! You know, the cupcake, the filling, and the icing. Mmm. Mm.

On the nose I pick up leather, dark berries, blue berries, cherries really deep in, earthiness, and oak. My girlfriend also picks up crayons. This should be fun.

It has a slightly bitter finish, but that could be because it’s still a little warm in the apartment. In fact, a half hour later, it has dissipated quite a bit.

It tastes thinner than it looks, but it’s not thin. It has a medium-big body. If I were to guess, I’d say this wine came from Australia, but it comes from the Central Coast of California.

Hostess CupcakeIt’s fairly mild in flavors and is smooth. It’s not that exciting to me except for what tastes like the melted chocolate frosting on a Hostess cupcake.

For $8, I’d get it again . . . mmm, maybe. Or maybe I should let it go another year.  Maybe that’s what it needs. Another. See ya soon, Cupcake.//

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