Cheap Fun Wine: Kitchen Sink
Continuing in my series of Cheap Fun Wines, it is time we talked about Kitchen Sink, a blend of delicious California varietals, that adds up to a very drinkable and very inexpensive bottle of red.
Kitchen Sink is made of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Syrah. It's very smooth (thanks to the Merlot), fruit-forward (thanks to the Zinfandel) and has a bit more depth of flavor than other blends, because of the Cabernet and Syrah.
With flavors of blackberry, chocolate and just enough oak, this deeply satisfying red can be had for around $10, and as low as $8, depending on where you find it. I grabbed it at Total Wine not long ago for no reason other than I liked the name; my wife and I finished the bottle so quickly, I had to go out and buy a few more for good measure.
Essentially made from a bunch of leftovers, Kitchen Sink's red table wine is a reminder that sometimes the most humble of "scraps," thrown together in a thoughtful manner, can add up to more than the sum of its parts. This approach basically made "Two Buck Chuck" a household name: leftover juice in a fabulous vintage can result in some very drinkable, but cheap, vino!
I hope Kitchen Sink can continue this quality as time goes by. Since the blend consists of grapes from different vintages (years), there's no way to know how well it will age, but it's very drinkable now, and a fabulous value for the price. Try it with pasta, beef, or by itself. It's an easy-drinking, party wine that you and your friends will enjoy.