Vino Girl attended a tasting of Vins de Pays d'Oc wines on June 13th in NYC. Pays d'Oc wines are all made along the Mediterranean in the South of France, more specifically in the Languedoc Roussillon. Their origins are four districts within the Languedoc including Pyrenees Oreintales, Aude, Herault and Gard. They are not wines to be taken too seriously but can afford you a satisfying wine drinking experience at a very reasonable expense -- we're talking $8 - $15 bucks here!
One of the wines that stood out for me at the tasting was the 2003 Wild Pig Syrah, a 100% Syrah with the unfortunate tag line, "take a wine on the wild side". It comes to mind today as Vino Girl ponders the July 4th holiday ahead and the BBQ'd food that comes with it -- food that will easily be tamed by and harmonize with the Wild Pig. The wine is not some overblown Syrah but has a liberal dose of red berry fruit, nice spice, impressive balance and good acidity. For $8.99 all this should make you happier than a pig in, well, you know!
Balance & Structure: B+
Current Grade: B+
Peak Grade: B+
Where can you find a Wild Pig in these parts? Try Wine Legacy in in Plainview, NY.