Well Happy new and Very Wonderful Week To All! While never having watched a single Duck Dynasty episode, I am tonight, for the first time ever, going to start! Today I bought their red wine, out of curiosity. It was 10 bucks, it was a blend (Zin, Cab & Merlot) of grapes that I love when mixed together, and I quite frankly did wonder if it would make me grow a beard and praise Jesus. Now DON'T send me hate mail, as I'm a religious woman and am simply injecting humor here and not meaning to be offensive in any way and absolutely APPLAUD those commander folk, and am excited now to watch their show as well! And so onto that wine... I BROILED some bison steaks and still managed to make them barely seared - as if doing ahi tuna. This was no mean feat, considering the tiny stove and broiler setup in our rental cottage resembles a Betty Crocker toy set of cookery that you would gift to a 4 year old who wants to "pretend cook," versus a 44 year old who does the exact same thing; but then who's counting right? STILL, THE MEAT WAS AMAZING & PAIRED REALLY PERFECTLY WITH THE WINE! I have my own weird & simple "rating score" for wines. It is a five point system versus the 90 plus scoring of professionals - a simpleton I am, I must confess. My system is this. 1. Color. (I love YOUNG wines that are deep dark and delicious in color - deep violet/purple but dark dark! No vintage brick or brown depressing wine color in my glass). And so, if it is a young wine, (this indeed was - 2012 only and thus very dark in color), that gets one point. 2. The NOSE. Not mine mind you, but the wines. That's simply a combo of AROMA & BOUQUET. When you hold the glass perfectly STILL, up by your nostrils, then the OILS come to the surface, and you can smell the initial scent or top note of the wine. This is called, "aroma." THEN, You can move the wine around a bit - swirling it some - NOT like some bombastic and spastic fool doing crazyass figure 8 designs on the restaurant table and like an affected weirdo, but just a couple swirly movements right up by your nose, not on the table, and this gets air into it and thus the ESTERS are now evoked. That is what "bouquet" is. And so that COMBO - of aroma, with the glass held still, and bouquet, with it moving around some, is called "The Nose." And if a wine has a strong, seductive, and sexy "Nose," then I give it a point. Sadly, try as I might, and wait over time even, this one was flat. I long for more scent from it. But I cannot lie and say that it was aromatic and seductive that way. Maybe another year for them will be, I hope so, as I do love the wine otherwise. 3. TASTE. How does the wine actually taste to me? And after waiting 10 minutes, (I always taste immediately and then start drinking righteously after 10 minutes, just to see if a difference happens, and in this case it DID! After opening some, it tasted well! That got a point! 4. My SKIN! I am a sensitive Sally to say the least. I react with stars and stripes and Rorschach blots, all over my skin when drinking foul wines that have chemicals added in. I handled this pretty well, which means there is not tons and tons and tons of junk added into it. ERGO: Another point is had! 5. Lastly in my simpleton rating system, is "Would I drink it again?" And I would indeed! Thus another point And so, I give this 10 dollar wine, a 4 out of 5! And if you do not care about smell, then you may even, for the price especially, love it more than I! A delightful surprise! One thing I know, THIS WINE IS PERFECT TO PAIR WITH SMOKED FOOD! AND I WILL BUY MORE & GO DO THAT NEXT! OH! And now that I revealed my very own simple but fabulous scoring system, I'd really love to hear YOU chime in, and with wines you try, and give your rating to them. We all can learn of brands and take note! Thanks tons! Cheers! - Leah Who Will Light A Fire Tonight & Watch Duck Dynasty!!!!!!