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Happy Hour: Oreana Winery "?"

Happy Hour: Oreana Winery "?"

The other day a good friend came over for a bit of chit-chat catch up (it'd been awhile since we'd hung out without other people). She's a great guest and showed up on my doorstep with a bottle of Oreana Winery's "?" wine. She chose the wine for its striking label and appealing price (under $10). Apparently it's called ? due to a tank snafu that blended two wines. The back of the bottle states:

Mistake or fate, I pondered this as I removed the hose from the stainless steel tank. The wrong tank: lot 1203 and lot 419 were now one. Once destined to be bottled individually, now and forever fused. A phone call to a mentor elicited a quick response, "Varietal wine? What for? Blend it man and blend it well." So be it, I decided, and reached for a glass to see what blue ruin had been created by this mishap.

Not being ones to turn down adventure, we gave it a try. Since it was a "mistake" and under $10, I figured there was no way it would be tasty, but I was wrong. The flavor ended up being well-balanced and smooth, with a bit of a peppery undertone. It wasn't an amazing wine, but it was perfect for the occasion. I would definitely try it again and besides, the bottle is quite a conversation starter. It would pair nicely with rare meats and as the winery suggests, "your own favorite culinary error."

Note: My friend found this 2005 blend at Trader Joe's, however you can purchase the 2004 blend (this accident has been happily reproduced for several years) online.

Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
3Sweeties, I'm so anywhere that there is free wine! I love hearing about good, cheap wine...keep 'em coming!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
How cool!!! I tried an American wine over the holidays called Jake's Fault. I had the shiraz and it was cheap and quite lovely! We had it with bbq'ed steak, asparagus and baked sweet potatoes and I would definitely have it again!
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
How fun! I love sampling wines. I want to have a tasting party, but I don't know a lot of wine drinkers. Anyone wanna come over?
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
Love the label!!!!
a-geek a-geek 10 years
I'm always scared to try wines with cool names or catchy labels because I assume they need the extra marketing. :) I'll try this if I see it in the store!
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