Fiction Red from Field Recordings is what I credit with beginning my wine journey nearly three years ago. I had read about Field Recordings on my wine idol’s blog and thought it sounded great so when I saw it on the menu of one of my favorite restaurants one night, I decided I had to try it. I remember it being super funky and more interesting than any wine I’d had before. That makes sense because it’s a crazy blend of a bunch of different grapes: 48% Zinfandel, 15% Syrah, 14% Mourvedre, 8% Graciano, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Touriga Nacional and 3% Carignan; It’s what I’ve heard referred to as a “kitchen sink blend”. I think I had three glasses that first night because I loved it so much.
It would be at least another year before I started primarily purchasing wine from wine shops so I had a hard time tracking it down. However, when I stopped by a liquor store on my way home from a very painful tattoo-removal session (my little reward system) a few years ago, I spotted it! I took it home and proceeded to drink most of the bottle while I watched the shitshow that is Real Housewives of New Jersey. It was delicious--even better than I remembered.
Well, here we are another couple of years later and not only am I drinking a variety of wines from Field Recordings on the reg., I was able to meet the winemaker himself, Andrew Jones, in March. I know I’ve already told this story, but as he signed my bottles I said, “You’re the reason I stopped drinking shitty wine!” and he said, “Oh, you’re Cats and La Croix!” It was amazing. Field Recordings is actually an umbrella for so many of my favorite wines and collaborations: Fableist, Wonderwall, Alloy Wine Works, Foxie and more. It’s safe to say I’m obsessed.
The Fiction Red smells like blackberries and barbecue embers, like a charcoal grill that you are going to cook some mean burgers on and maybe some corn if you get around to it. The same blackberry notes carry over to the palate. It tastes like blackberry jam and ricotta on a thick slice of toast. Also like the best dark chocolate. This wine makes me so nostalgic because after I sipped it the first time, I had the realization that wine could be really really good. It was different than anything I had had before because it was so multifaceted, full of body and depth but light enough that you could get away with chilling it.
I had a lovely cheese and charcuterie plate for dinner, which you know is my dinner of choice, and this is the perfect digestif. It is the loveliest evening-- 83 degrees, mostly sunny and still light out at 8 o’clock. I love summer. You might not think of the Fiction Red as a summer wine, but I first tried it in the summer and damn if it doesn’t taste good tonight. You could easily pound this on the porch or by the pool, but I recommend pairing it with something meaty and delicious, unless you don’t eat meat and then ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.