A few years back I was introduced to Pat Monahan and Jimmy Stafford of Train. Before that time I had no idea that Jimmy, guitarist and founding member, loved wine as much as he did. We put together a wine tasting at a local winery, and they signed autographs for fans. Jimmy dutifully went from booth to booth tasting each wine with a thoughtful look on his face. I knew he loved wine as much as I did.
So it came as no surprise to me a few years later when I heard that Jimmy had launched the Save Me San Francisco Wine Company, partnering with respected California winemakers to not only share wines with Train fans, but also help the Family Home charity, which provides temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment. I had heard about the different wines being released (each named after Train hit singles), and wondered about them, but I hadn’t seen any in my local wine stores, until recently. I thought it would be fun to try a bottle of Drops Of Jupiter, named after a song Warm 98.5 plays a lot.
Drops Of Jupiter is a smooth, red blend of mostly Petite Sirah, made by winemaker James Foster. If you’re looking for something to go with burgers, pizza, or BBQ this would be a good bet. It’s got nice aromas of chocolate and berries as you open the bottle, with flavors of boysenberry and a hint of mocha. And the price is right – for around $10, you can share a bottle without guilt, and feel good about helping a wonderful charity, too.
On my 5 cork scale based on taste and value, I give the 2014 Drops Of Jupiter red table wine 3.5 corks.
If you’d like to try interesting wines like this, please join me at our next private wine party coming soon! Every month I host a three course wine dinner, featuring delicious wines expertly paired with small plate meals prepared by a master chef. There are always cool prizes to win, too. Listen Wednesdays at 4:15 for more details!