Wine.Woot Party Hosting Tip #42:
When entertaining guests, remember: C.G. Di Arie is appropriate. GG Allin is not.
When planning a perfect soiree it’s important to keep track of even the most minute details, and even the slightest momentary lack of concentration can cause an embarrassing social faux pas. So we wanted to take a minute to clarify the difference between this C.G. Di Arie 2006 Zinfandel Shenandoah Valley 4-Pack and legendary underground hardcore frontman GG Allin. One of them is perfectly acceptable to present to party guests. The other is not. Follow these simple tips to avoid confusing the two.
C.G. Di Arie Vineyard and Winery was founded in 2001 by Dr. Chaim Gur-Arieh, a food scientist who also invented Cap’n Crunch cereal, Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing, and Pudding Cups. GG Allin was born to a fanatical and abusive Christian zealot who literally named his son “Jesus Christ Allin.”
C.G. Di Arie’s Zinfandel has an amazing nose, bursting with aromas of dark berries and wild herbs with subtle signs of black pepper weaved in and around. GG Allin bathed so infrequently and smelled so bad that his odor literally offended the sensibilities of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, whom he visited in prison several times.
When it comes to taste, C.G. Di Arie is hard to surpass: after aging in French oak barrels for 14 months, it has supremely layered flavors of fresh blackberry and wild strawberry, with a long, lasting finish of dark fruit and dark chocolate. It stands just as proudly on its own as it would paired with a terrific meal. GG Allin’s taste, on the other hand, resulted in him taking laxatives before shows so as to defecate on the stage and hurl it at the audience.
Remember this helpful mnemonic device: “Zin is a win, Allin is a sin,” and you’re sure to have a smashing wine tasting party!
If you’re going more for a “riotous celebration of individualism, drugs, excess, and anarchy,” though, you might want to go with GG.
2006 Di Arie Zinfandel Shenandoah Valley, California
- Varietal Content: 50% Zinfandel, Gunther Vineyard; 30% Zinfandel, Estate Grown; 13% Petite Syrah, Estate Grown; 6% Primitivo, Estate Grown; 1% Syrah, Estate Grown
- Bottling Date: 1/18/2008
- Cases Produced: 1267
- Alcohol Content: 14.5% by volume
- pH: 3.55
- Residual Sugars: Less than 0.1%
This exciting Zinfandel is very varietal in character. It has aromas of dark berries and wild herbs with nuances of black pepper. On the palate you discover layers of flavors starting with fresh blackberry and ending with wild strawberry. The finish is long and lasting with dark fruit, dark chocolate and black pepper. This is an elegant wine that can be enjoyed “solo” or as an accompaniment of a great meal.
Rules and restrictions:
- Wine sold by winery
- You must be 21 or older to order
- Whoever receives the package must be 21 or older
- If you're drunk when the package shows up, you will not be allowed to receive it
- Wine cannot be delivered to a P.O. Box
- We highly recommend you use a business address as your shipping address
Thanks to stick-in-the-mud buzzkilling state legislators, wine may only be delivered to the following states:
- District Of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
If your state's not on the list, you're out of luck... for now. Keep up with the ever-changing laws over at ShipCompliantBlog.com, and/or sound the alarms with your state assembly person through FreeTheGrapes.org. Meanwhile, all Federal, state and local laws are complied with in providing this wine.