Exciting news! After much career and financial deliberation, I’m now a full-time law student.
This information is relevant for this blog post in particular for two reasons.
First, the elephant in the room: I’ve been M.I.A. from the blogosphere for quite awhile. Apparently, transitioning back to school after working in a full-time, internationally-traveling position is time-consuming. Certain hobbies inevitably take a seat on the sidelines when there are other, greater priorities to focus on – like studying for the LSAT in between work trips to Germany. Or transitioning projects over to colleagues who will be replacing me after I leave.
With all that going on, visiting wineries every other weekend during the summer months to reach my 5-year goal have therefore been put on standby and more often simply bumped from the flight altogether.
Secondly, not having a paycheck really puts a damper on *this* savvy consumer’s weekly wine budget. Correction. My ANNUAL budget. My wine expenditures have scaled back beyond government furlough levels. Now, instead of stopping off at the local wine bar after a rough day at work, it’s Angela, Party of One, dining in and rationing my wine cabinet provisions like it’s 1942. Spending $23.99 on a bottle of wine is just not that likely, now that I’m more accustomed to trolling the streets for back alley deal spots where I can flash my fancy, new student ID for discounts.
Despite both of those excuses, today I’m back, returning to the word press as the proud owner of a $20+ bottle of wine…and not just any bottle of wine—a bottle that I’ve been hunting down for months.
Meet Roots Run Deep’s “Educated Guess” Cabernet Sauvignon. (Their website, in cause you’re curious.)
We’ve only met recently, but I have been searching (or prowling, if you’d like to be specific) for this wine for a few months; a search that started quite randomly when a friend and wine novice made the tongue-in-cheek comment about making an “educated guess” on her wine selection while at dinner one night. Considering my impending start of a mentally taxing period of my life where I’m sure I’ll be making plenty of educated guesses on exams, I’m quite fond of this wine even before having tried it.
My friend and I often joke about finding ourselves in a restaurant or wine store and scratching our heads over selecting the “right” bottle of wine for a meal or the “best” bottle for the price. Sure, good wines can be affordable. Even great wines can be affordable… But what could make a wine both truly great and affordable? As mentioned in their YouTube video, their motto is: “truly great wines can be affordable.” Granted, anything over $10 at this point brings my wallet one step closer to foreclosure, but Roots Run Deep has a unique production process that peaked my curiosity.
The marketing (it’s creative). The science (it’s geeky). The extraction process (it’s innovative). Plus, one of the formulas on the “educated guess” label is from Virginia Tech research (Go Hokies!). Love it. Can’t wait to try it.