w00t, I say. w00t indeed.


A bottle of Monkey Prize wine, an empty glass and the boxtopSo, if you’re like me, I feel very sorry for you.

HA! Just kidding. Now where was I? Oh yeah, if you’re like me, you’re a bit of a geek. So, a lot of what I’m about to discuss is probably old news to you. But, I’d wager some of you aren’t quite the geeky type and have made it here out onto the series of tubes (remember, we are not a dump truck) and are new to the whole Internet thing. I think I’d like to talk to you for a few minutes.

But before I do that, I want to apologize to all you folks who aren’t “lucky” enough to either a) live in the United States, b) do live in the United States but not in one of those states who can get wine via mail order, or c) have a friend who lives in the United States who is able to get wine via mail order and is willing to mule wine for you. Sorry. Now that that is out of the way…

There’s this internet site called Woot. Why is it called woot? Well, that’s a statement of excitement in computer terms. I could go into it more deeply, but, heck, just go here and read a little about it and buy the t-shirt. Now, every day, Woot sells something different. Just one item. Just one day. Except when they don’t. Sometimes they have what is called a Woot-Off, where items are rolled out as the previous one sells out.

I hear you asking “But John, what in tarnation does this have to do with wine?!?!?” Well, if you’d wait a minute, I’ll tell you. No, seriously. A whole minute. Let’s both take a minute to relax. It is such a beautiful day, regardless of the weather, let us sit back and take a moment to reflect upon the wonder of nature, and how we’re… oh, heck, let’s get to the wine part.

For some inscrutable reason (that is mostly inscrutable because I lack the energy to … err… scrut it out), Woot decided to jump away from the tech stuff and offer wine, one package of wine a week, at http://wine.woot.com. Occasionally during the aforementioned Woot-Off, you’ll even see random packs of wine come up for purchase.

But if that wasn’t enough, the fine folks at Woot decided to actually bottle their own wine. (Funny aside here. I actually learned how Trader Joe’s manages to call X-Buck Chuck [how much is it nowadays?] their own wine. Apparently, there are some rules that apply that if you purchase wine still in the barrels, and keep it as such for a certain amount of time before bottling, you are then allowed to say that the wine is ‘yours’. The things you learn, eh?) During one such Woot-Off, the little woman and I managed to snag a lovely winebox (no, really, the winebox is truly stupendous. I had to capture some of the detail better below) and decided that with Copper River Salmon fresh today, it was time to break out a bottle of the Woot Cellars Monkey Prize. So, in addition to telling you about this fine wine purchasing option, I thought I’d give you a little review of the wine from this non-expert at wine tasting.

A closeup of the Woot Wine box topI’ll start off with the basic. I liked it. It was… well, I can’t say it was the best wine I’ve ever tasted, but, really, can you say what was the best wine you’ve ever tasted?

Doesn’t the taste of a wine really go beyond the actual taste of the wine and go into everything surrounding the experience? The food you had with it, the friends you were with, the recent history and the soon to be?

The worst swill could taste like ambrosia if you had it on the night you proposed, while the wine garnering a Wine Spectator 100 score might taste like bitter tears if you returned home to find … well, fill in the blank for whatever event you’d find particularly sad.

The wine was almost an amalgam of wines, despite “only” being a California Cabernet Sauvignon (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Sangiovese). It had the slight carbonation you’d expect in a Rose. It had the fruitiness of a Merlot, and the kick of a Cab, and even the slight sweetness you’d find in a … well, ok, it wasn’t anywhere near as sweet as a Port, but you get the idea.

The fine folks over at winelibrary.com also did a review of the wine here, but note you need QuickTime to view the review.

But, before I leave you, I really had to go back to the wine box. Seriously, it includes a man screaming as a giant cyclops attacks the stereotypical wine estate building, with all the involved chaos. It truly is magical.

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