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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Red Knot Shiraz 2007

Some wine lovers like to keep their finds to themselves. Obviously, if we were like that, we wouldn't be writing a public blog about where to find great tasting wine values for less than $10. 

The only complaint is that the more obscure the source, the less likely our readers are to find the wine buys we love. A couple of months ago we wrote about finding 12 highly rated wines (90+), each for less than $10

One of the wines we bought was a 2007 Red Knot "Zork" Shiraz from Australia. What we liked was the middle ground it walked between a good fruity sipping wine and a very good food wine with the right dryness to make the food and the wine come alive. It's a medium-bodied wine, fairly dark red, with spice and a bit of strawberry and cherry and currants — but enough acid and tannins to hold its own against a steak or a plate of pasta with tomato sauce.

We found it on the Internet, at a retailer we use once in a while, and figured we'd never see it anywhere else, ever again.

Then, on our recent holiday slog through bronchitis and chest colds and wrapping paper, we were stuck one night in a hotel room in the middle of nowhere with Thai takeout and our two dogs. So on the way back from picking up the green curry and rice, we stopped at a forlorn liquor store to see what we could score. 

Not five feet inside the door, there it was on a "specials" rack for $11.45, a bit more than the $8.45 we paid online, but not a bad price for a walk-off home run. To make it even better for the road, good old Red Knot doesn't need a corkscrew.

It's nice when you find one of our obscure buys in a most unusual place. Some days the road rises up to meet you.


  1. This sounds lovely - I'll have to keep my eyes open for it. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE that you post label pics? I remember wine bottles best by the labels... filing this one away for future reference!

  2. Am sipping said wine right now. Your review seems quite accurate. :-)

    I luv sipping great wine for under ten bucks a bottle.

    Mtn Jim