Cheap Wine That Doesn't Suck
Here's a blast from the past. Back in the 1980s, when I was living in Northern California wine country, Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon was the cork dorks' go-to red for every-day drinking. The second label of expensive-even-then Caymus, it offered its parents' high-toned pedigree at a price we wage slaves could swallow.
After a while, though, it seemed to vanish from the wine industry radar, and I vanished from California. Then just a week or so ago, after more years than I care to count, a box showed up at my house with a trio of Liberty School wines, including my old buddy, Liberty School Cab.
It's a new Liberty School now, produced by the Hope family in Paso Robles, growers of the grapes used in the original Liberty School Cabernet. And it's still this cork dork's go-to wine for an every-day red. The 2007 vintage is rich and full-bodied and has all the luscious blueberry and blackberry fruit I remember, backed by firm tannins and augmented by hints of cloves and allspice and earthy, toasty oak.
At a time when all too many California Cabs are overwrought, overpriced, overoaked, and overly alcoholic, this $12, 13.5-percent alcohol Cabernet is the kind of nostalgia we could use a lot more of.
Get the Food & Drink Newsletter
Our weekly guide to South Florida dining includes food news and reviews, as well as dining events and interviews with chefs and restaurant owners.
More Food & Drink News
- Taste Authentic Haitian Homecooking at Piman Cafe in Fort Lauderdale
Sat., Dec. 12, 7:30pm
Sun., Dec. 13, 1:00pm
Sun., Dec. 13, 6:30pm
Tue., Dec. 15, 8:00pm
- Myschyf Hemp Liqueur Is Not Marijuana, but It's Straight Out of Florida
- The First Beers Brewed by 12 of South Florida's Best Breweries