A few years back I was introduced to Pat Monahan and Jimmy Stafford of Train. Before that time I had no idea that Jimmy, guitarist and founding member, loved wine as much as he did. We put together a wine tasting and a “meet and greet” at a local winery for our listeners, and as I watched Jimmy go from booth to booth tasting each sample with a thoughtful look on his face, I knew he was serious about wine.
So it came as no surprise to me a few years later when I heard that Jimmy had launched the Save Me San Francisco Wine Company, partnering with respected California winemakers to not only share wines with Train fans, but also help the Family Home charity, which provides temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment.I had heard about the different wines being released (each named after Train hit singles), and wondered about them, but I hadn’t seen any in my local wine stores, until recently. My wife and I thought it would be fun to try a bottle of Drops Of Jupiter, named after a song Lite Rock 105 still plays quite a bit.
Drops Of Jupiter is an affordable, easy-drinking, pretty tasty red table wine made by winemaker James Foster. If you’re looking for something to go with burgers, ribs, or pizza, this would be a good bet. It’s got nice aromas of chocolate and berries as you open the bottle, with soft flavors of red fruit, and a simple, smooth finish with a hint of mocha. If you love Zinfandel, you’ll like this wine.
As you enjoy it, you can also feel good about helping a wonderful charity.
On a 5 cork scale based on taste and value, I give Drops Of Jupiter 3 and a half corks.
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