This Wine is For The Home-Cooked Meal

Yangarra Shiraz
McLaren Vale

Producer: Yangarra Estate Vineyard
Importer: Sovereign Wine Imports
Year: 2007
Price: $22.99

On a whim, you toss this wine in your shopping cart, along with other items that somehow amount to an exorbitant sum at the Whole Foods checkout counter. Returning home, you unpack your ingredients and uncork this wine, ready to get down to the business of chopping, whisking, and sipping. This evening is exactly what you needed: a little music, some casual conversation, and a healthy dose of introspection as you wait for the sauce to thicken. Likewise, this wine is exactly what you needed: it sets you free, enabling you to cook the way you should also live – veering from the recipe just enough to make it your own.

This Wine is For Solo Sushi

Bulletin Place Shiraz
Southeastern Australia

Producer: Evans Wine Company
Importer: Vineyard Brands
Year: 2007
Price: $10.99

Twist-off. Dark. Spicy and mellow. Medium body. Soft. Feeling more than a little bit like a loser, I enjoyed this one alone (unless you count the puppy) and it did the trick. A good, cheap wine for takeout sushi and a rom com, in which you indulge while your husband gorges on burgers and buckets of Bud at an after-work happy hour. All the while, his laundry spins in the dryer, unbeknownst to him, and the domestic goddess he somehow snagged plans her own happy hour with the girls for the following evening…