As a consumer who has purchased cases of Charles Shaw "Three Buck Chuck" wine from Trader Joe’s, I was certainly willing to give a couple of bottles of Winking Owl – available only at Aldi for a mere $2.89 – a taste test. And since Saturday is National Wine Day, here’s my "two cents" on the bargain vino.
I was skeptical at first because the wine is made by Gallo, which is one of my least favorite cheap wines – second only to Boone’s Farm. Both were repeat culprits in sloshy high school drinking experiences and even their labels make me wince. (And, simultaneously, crave Duran Duran songs.)
Conversely, Winking Owl's label is very appealing. In fact, it's possibly the most adorable wine label I've ever seen. And that's important to those of us who don't have bathtubs of knowledge when it comes to wine. We pick by price, recommendation, intuition and the label.
I bought a few bottles of Winking Owl wine: chardonnay, merlot and shiraz. There’s also a cab sav and a pinot grigio. Like Charles Shaw wine, I found all three of them to be a very drinkable. They were also a little watery, but The Shiraz – which was particularly good – had the most body.
I would certainly buy Winking Owl again, but before I do, I must get to the bottom of my latest burning question: do owls wink?
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.