mmm... Franzia. And I'm not being facetious, either. Good stuff. (And I live next door to a winery!)
Funny story about that wine (which retails from $8-$10 or more locally)....A few years ago, for Christmas I bought my brother a really elaborate corkscrew in a wooden box, a really nice gift, and bought a couple bottles of wine to go with it. We'd begun a few years prior a Christmas Eve wine & cheese party, within our family. We'd also eliminated the tradition of opening gifts on Christmas Eve, preferring to open them on Christmas Day. Well, I left work, and hit a wine shop across the street for a non-gift-type of wine, and saw the very line you have there in your pic. Cheap red wine and Cheap white wine. I stopped, looked at the very affordable cost, and the surprising price that really didn't relegate it to the "cheap" shelf. I picked up the red variety and even walked around with it. What a great gift for my brother, who'd shown up at a wine & cheese party at my house a few years prior bearing, as a joke, processed cheese slices. In the end, I put it down, deciding I had enough between gift and communal wine. That evening, though, as Mom declared gifts would be opened the next day, my brother and I BOTH said that we had certain gifts that were meant for that evening. I may have the exact order wrong, but here it is anyway: Brother opened my wine kit first in the wooden box, and was very happy. This prompted him to hand me his own, which turned out to be a corkscrew set in its own right (albeit not nearly as elaborate as the one I gave him! SCORE! I GAVE THE BETTER GIFT!)Then we exchanged the wine, which was awesome on both parts. Then he handed me another one, told me to open it with a mischevious glint in his eye. His girlfriend was smiling widely in anticipation. This seemed very generous..I hadn't forseen exchanging 2 gifts of wine, but...ok. What I unwrapped matched exactly the bottle I'd considered in Roseville. "CHEAP RED WINE"If I hadn't been sitting on the floor, I would have fallen out of my chair laughing. Wiping tears of laughter from my eyes, I explained that I'd nearly bought him the SAME. EXACT. WINE. And...it's was actually pretty darn good. A similar thing happened this Easter. We both independently went to wine tastings in our respective parts of the world, looking for proper wine for our family dinner. I picked up a Torrontes white wine. A few days later when I arrived at my brother's home and presented him with our dinner wine he showed me the same obscure vineyard...a Torrontes red wine. We're not twins. I swear. Wanna bet into our family so you can enter the wine coincidence each year? It's really fun, and we always enjoy the wine...
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