Battle of the Cans: Foxie and Fiction


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Foxie is the amazing collaboration from two of my favorite winemakers, Andrew Jones of Field Recordings and Josh Rosenstein of Hoxie Spritzer. This particular spritzer is made with Chardonnay, citra hops and sour cherry essence. The Chardonnay is full bodied but the hops and sour cherries brighten it up and make it feel energetic. It is fruity without being sweet, like a La Croix. Spritzers are perfect for when you want to keep your wits about you since they are lower in alcohol than straight wine. I had a friend over last night and between him, my husband and I we had like 4 bottles of wine so I am not in the mood to get crazy tonight and a spritzer is perfect. In fact, I’m pairing this with Broad City, which I have been watching in my sweats all day-- it’s a great combination. This can reminds me of the pool. It is the best shade of light blue and would be so perfect to sip poolside. I am a professional pool-drinker and one mistake I notice novices often making is choosing a beverage with a high ABV. You don’t want anything with too much alcohol because the sun and heat can deplete your energy real fast and leave you wasted by 3:00 p.m. This is why spritzers are the perfect pool drink. I either make my own or bring Hoxie with me, but now I am dying to take this Foxie to the pool before pool season officially ends.

Fiction Red

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If you read my blog religiously, well, then you’re probably my mom (hi, Mom!) But seriously, if you read my blog regularly you might be like, “Sarah, wtf? You reviewed Fiction Red a few months ago and P.S. you talk about it all the damn time!” All true. But guess what, I’ve never had Fiction Red in a can! Cans totally change the way a wine tastes so I thought it was fair to give Fiction Red in a can its own review. Here’s the story I tell again and again about Fiction Red (sorry if you’ve heard it one million times already) it was my introduction to good wine about three years ago. I have since fallen in love with everything under the Field Recordings umbrella but I still keep coming back to this solid red blend. Speaking of blends, it is a crazy blend of a bunch of stuff including Zinfandel, Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Viognier. I like chilling this wine because as I’ve mentioned, I’m not a huge fan of non-chilled wine in cans and I’m also a fan of chilled reds. This wine is bold and tastes of boysenberry jam on biscuits hot out of the oven. There is also a hint of tobacco on the palate. I hung out with a lot of poets in college and one was super into smoking tobacco from a pipe. This tastes the way that smelled (minus the pretentious tude).

Fiction Red

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)_/¯.