Let us now sing the praises of Cocobon.
How do we love it? Let us count the ways:
1. It’s tasty
2. It’s cheap
3. It’s got an appealing, Euro-sounding name that makes me think of chocolate
Do you really need any more reason? The biggest problem I have with Cocobon is that I can’t seem to keep it in stock long enough to write a description of how it tastes. Which should tell you something right there.
Just recently someone asked me if I thought Cocobon would get better with age. I couldn’t say. An unopened bottle has a 24-hour lifespan at my house.
Some wine snob-sounding descriptors: Lots of cherries. Some tartness but not a lot of the cheap-wine tannins that make you grimace. Somewhere in there a hint of cocoa. It’s sweet, but not dessert wine sweet. In fact, I’ll go out on a limb and say that it’s really not that sweet at all. Just a hint. Like a kiss on the cheek.
At $7, it’s a more expensive cheap wine, but for whatever reason, that never gives me the same pause deciding to buy the $7 Israeli feta does. It’s a line-item in my grocery budget that is not up for question.
Next time you’re at TJ’s, ask for it. If it’s not on the shelf they probably have a case of it stashed in the back. They know the good stuff when they taste it.
To Cocobon, my love!
Photo from the lovely olivewineandfood blog