I can’t wait to share this bottle of wine from Winc with you. Not only was it delicious, but it was super fun as well! I have never been this entertained by a bottle of wine before.
2015 Wordsmith Red Blend
The crossword on the label is real! It’s written by David Kwong who is a professional at this type of thing. You just go to their website to get the clues, and then you can solve it right on the bottle! Or if you prefer they have a printable version. I love crossword clues because sometimes you think it means one thing when really it’s a play on words. For instance, one clue was “job creation”, which I figured would be some economic answer, but the actual answer was “iMac” (get it?). Since we’re wine noobs we struggled with this puzzle because it was full of wine trivia. We only got about half way through the puzzle before finishing the bottle.
My husband and I have been pretty stressed out trying to get ready to move halfway across the country by September, and this wine and puzzle combination was a great way to relax.
Moving on to the wine itself, I really like red blends because they tend to be pretty mellow and well-rounded. I believe Wordsmith described them as “mix that demonstrates heightened nuance and complexity.” I rated this one 4 out of 5 stars.
The recipe pairing was for Beef Meatballs with Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce.
Meatballs are really easy to make, and it’s fun to get your hands messy mixing it all together. Hands really are the best tools for this job.
The meatballs are supposed to be 3oz each, and there are definitely tools other than your hands out there to help with this job. You should use a little kitchen scale to weigh the meatballs to make sure they are actually 3oz. If they’re too much bigger or smaller then they won’t cook in the appropriate amount of time. Your meatballs should also be of a consistent size or they won’t cook at the same rate. I like these scoops. I was able to determine that this scoop created meatballs that weighed 3oz, so I didn’t have to weigh each one. Yay for efficiency!
After coming out of the oven the meatballs finish off in the homemade tomato sauce. The roasted garlic added a nice sweetness to the tomatoey sauce. Pro tip: the recipe called for canned whole tomatoes, but I bought crushed ones because that was easier. I highly recommend sticking with the San Marzano tomatoes though, those are the ones that make your sauce taste like real Italian food.
The result! This was probably my favorite wine and dinner combination so far, made all the better because of the crossword. I hope Winc makes more things like this in the future.
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