Cleaning Up a Wine Spill - Plus Great $20 Wines
Has this ever happened to you?
I've told the boys time and time again no playing ball indoors. This time dad was involved and so was his red wine glass.
I think they've all learned their lesson. It was a costly one. Have you ever dropped a glass of red wine on your carpet?
I'd love to hear your suggestions for how to get it up. I tried vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, Oxy Clean, club soda, you name it! I even brought in the shop vac and tried to suck the stain out.
The carpet cleaners couldn't guarantee that they could get the pink out of the carpet. One tip they did tell me for next time (but there won't be a next time) is to pour on white wine to get out red wine stains. They said I must act immediately after dropping the red wine. Apparently the white wine soaks up the red, somehow. It has something to do with the tannins in the wine. Of course their advice didn't help me the next morning.
So how do you like the new carpet? Okay, it's not new. It's the old. It just looks new. How did I do it?
Old-fashioned elbow grease and a gallon of vinegar. When the stain was fresh I sprayed each area with undiluted white vinegar. Let it sit. Blot, blot, blot. Sprayed with warm water. Let it sit. Blot, blot, blot. Repeat.
I did this over the course of four days before the carpet cleaners arrived. A costly mistake is right.
So some bottles of wine can cost a whole lot more than what you pay for them. To celebrate Wine Down Wednesday #3, I've compiled a list of a few favorite red Zinfandels and a few delicious Cabernet Sauvignons. All will come out of your carpet should you spill. So drink up. Cheers!
Great Zinfandels that Won't Break the Bank
Bogle Zinfandel - 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel - Around $15
Vibrant, ripe notes of summer raspberry intoxicate the senses, enticing you to take a sip of this lively red zinfandel. Once on the palate, plush and round flavors of pomegranates meld with fresh cracked peppercorn, juniper and anise. Playful and serious at the same time, the mouth-coating tannins relax into a smooth and supple finish: long, lingering and full of enjoyment.
Plungerhead Zinfandel - 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel - Around $15
Notes of blackberry fruit, spice cake, fresh tobacco, white pepper, and fresh strawberry. In the mouth, you experience flavors of dried cranberry, blackberry, blackstrap molasses, brambly Zin fruit, toasted walnut, and hints of mocha laced cappuccino. This blend finishes with notes of dark chocolate, dried cherry, vanilla from American oak, and deep toasted hazelnut from French oak.
Phantom - Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon & Mourvedre- 2012 - Around $20
Bright red cherry fruit and black pepper tempt you to take that sip, with hints of brawny juniper, rich blackberry and briary boysenberry in the background. Succulent in mouthfeel, the wine showcases its versatile grape varietals: Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvedre. Aged for over 24 months in 1 and 2 year old American oak, tones of spicy vanilla and toasted coconut moderate the firm tannins and create a focused and intense finish.
Cabernet Sauvignons Starting at $20
Ghost Pines Cabernet - 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - Around $20
Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted with grapes from Sonoma and Napa. The blend of these two regions creates an expansive palate that offers dark fruit flavors, round tannins and an enduring finish.
Mount Veeder Cabernet - 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon - Around $35
Deep ruby in color, the 2011 Mount Veeder Cabernet has aromas of beautiful dark cassis and cherry that mingle with spicy notes of anise, tobacco, and rosemary. Additional notes of sweet herbs, clove, vanilla, and toasted oak finish with a hint of cocoa. Blackberry, cocoa, and black peppercorn unite on the layered palate with complex notes of mocha, sage, and ripe cherry. Full yet elegant on the palate, with vibrant fruit and very approachable tannins.
The Rock Cabernet - 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon - Around $20
Gold Medal winner at the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The Rock Cabernet Sauvignon is carefully crafted from mature vineyards to make a wine that highlights all the strengths of a classic Cabernet Sauvignon.