"The only real stumbling block is the fear of failure. In cooking, you have got to have a what-the-hell attitude." ~ Julia Child

BHC Swill: Rabbit Ridge

by Julie on December 7, 2011

in BHC Swill

Rabbit Ridge

I'd rather have a nice carrot juice...

I guess I fell for the cute bunny on the label. No, I know what it was; I’d seen this bottle just the night before at a Christmas party of a friend who I consider a savvy drinker across all price points. It must be a decent wine if he had it on his counter.

So I picked this up at Trader Joe’s the next night.

Then I  tasted it. Right away I knew that another guest had simply fobbed their bottle of this stuff off onto their holiday host, which is why my friend had it at all. Can’t come to a holiday party empty handed, right?

This, my friends, is real swill.

Imagine a wine with all the nuance of grape juice gone over. Thin. Treacly. Tannic. That’s what Rabbit Ridge Allure de Robles tasted like to me.

Looking at the label, I think I focused on Paso Robles, the well-regarded wine growing region just up the road where they filmed “Sideways,” (a movie I saw four times).

I should have instead focused on “Rhone-STYLE Red Wine.” That’s like saying cheese-flavored dip; no actual cheese is used but you’re supposed to think there is.

No, I haven’t finished the bottle. I didn’t even finish my glass. Do I need to remind you that I can happily drink down a bottle of Chuck?

At $4.99, the best thing you can say about this wine is that you only wasted a fiver. Dig around in your car for a few more bucks in change and pop for two bottles of Chuck. You’ll thank me.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Shari December 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

Thanks for this post. I’ll be sure to not buy it and if we get any over the holidays, I’ll assume they hate us. Good test right?


Julie December 7, 2011 at 9:33 am

The new Rabbit test!


Michelle J. December 7, 2011 at 9:33 am

I like these wine reviews. Thanks for taking one for the team, Julie, and testing these guys out!


Julie December 7, 2011 at 9:39 am

Thanks Michelle! Always willing to take one for the team LOLLLL!


Peter B. December 7, 2011 at 10:33 am

Huh. I surprised it was so bad. I’ve found other wines from RR drinkable and was about to pick up a bottle of this to try. But I had just bought a bottle of the Green Barn Red Field Blend (which is drinkable albeit a bit tart for me) and the Sugar Pie Red (which I haven’t opened yet).


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