Cycles Gladiator Syrah 2010

by J.T.

Ladies and gentlemen,

We've all had a long week. Today is Friday, the day we long to cut through the clutter, tidy our inboxes, wrangle the week's remaining cats, and go home and watch Netflix.

I'm all for that. Especially today.

So without further ado, I give you today's wine:

the delicious Cycles Gladiator Syrah 2010.

This Californian syrah's got some nice fruity, earthy notes with soft, mild tannins. On the nose, I picked up plum, raspberry, leather, and topsoil. These notes transferred nicely to the palate filled with earth, plummy berries, and black pepper. I'd say the alcohol level is pretty middling, but the wine does have a nice zing that lingers on the back of your tongue, a tantalizing tease that says, See? You know you want some more . . . 

I'll bet this would taste pretty fine next to a spring dish laden with strawberries—savory or sweet (some crostini with goat cheese, strawberries, balsamic vinegar, and basil, perhaps?). And, because I always think ahead, this syrah would pair spectacularly with flavors of fall: apples, sage, sweet potatoes.

You can't go wrong with a perennial pairing, y'all.

I think this one's a steal at $9.99.

Go forth, and get thee some wine and Netflix. You deserve it! 

McWilliam's Hanwood Estate Shiraz 2013

by J.T.

I love good wine. Especially good wine with a great value.

Which is why I've been a fan of McWilliam's Shiraz for years. Dry and fruit-forward, with raspberry, black cherry, plums, vanilla, and a touch of oak, this wine is a flavor powerhouse at a great value. Pair this with a nice gluten-free pizza from Publix (a discovery that has transformed my weekends... and maybe a few weeknights), and you've got a delicious Friday night ahead of you!

Pick up a bottle for only $7.99, and you'll see what I mean. If you've got a hankering for a meat-lovers pizza, this would pair just divinely.


Tell your pizza-loving friends about this Shiraz.

Killibinbin Sneaky Shiraz 2013

by Amy

Who doesn't love a Femme Fatale? 

Can I tell you a secret? I've always wanted to be one—just to see what it was like to wreak havoc in my wake, and look like a beauty while doing it. 

Hey, I've never done it. Just ask my boyfriend.

(. . . on second thought, maybe we'll just keep this conversation to ourselves . . . )


Femme Fatale aspirations not withstanding, the Killibinbin Sneaky Shiraz does have some hidden bite—but in the best way possible.

The 2013 vintage is a beautiful, deep garnet color, with loads of dark berries on the nose. It's got a light mouthfeel, with tannins and spice that sneak up on you (they do!) and play nicely with the young, plummy flavors of the wine. This vintage is meant to be consumed soon, folks, so snag a bottle and drink up before 2018.

And as for pairings, I used this in (and alongside) a bolognese with excellent results.

Imported by American Estates Wine, you can find this Shiraz for about $15.99. (and here you can find it for only $11.75!)


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Taltarni Shiraz

by J.T.

Aren't you delighted when you can find a delicious wine under $20? Really, there's nothing better. I know this is the season of splurges, but sometimes your credit card (especially during the holiday season) deserves some respite.

I love a good Shiraz, and this one blew me away. It’s called Taltarni Shiraz, from Australia. Rich, fruity, full of raspberries and cherries, complete with smooth tannins - it's beautiful. I highly recommend it.

You can buy it straight from the vineyard for $17.

Friends tell friends about delicious, affordable wine. It's what Santa would want you to do.

Mollydooker "The Boxer" Shiraz

By J.T.

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? 

(cue the manic laughter)

We're in that time of year: the strange, ethereal state between holidays, alternately running headlong toward them with preparations, trepidation, and anticipation. Between prepping your work for your holiday absence to planning menus and trying to keep your routine manageable, there's just a lot to do

Things that shouldn't stress you out: your wine choice. Whether you're looking for a full-bodied red or a crowd-pleasing white, we've got you covered.

But for the holidays, sometimes we need a little something extra that gives a bit of zing! Allow me to introduce you to the Mollydooker "The Boxer" Shiraz.

This red is elegant, beautiful, and full-bodied. It's creamy with massive powerful dark chocolate flavors; plum jam, mocha, licorice all sorts, plus raspberry, blackberry, coffee, spice, anise, and cigar shop. 

This will give your holiday table a lot to talk about.

Pick up a bottle for $27.99. You've earned it.

Pro tip: real friends tell other friends about good wine.