Who to Drink Wine With – #VINOWITH – May 5

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Wine is an impetus to a conversation. It’s something to be enjoyed with 1 or more people over lively conversation. Here are this week’s personalities and celebrities we’d love to drink wine with –  #VINOWITH. Join the conversation on Twitter and tag who you’d like to have #VINOWITH.

Ja Rule

This man could use a glass of wine right about now. With his Fyre Festival turning out to be more of a raging dumpster fyre, Ja Rule has a $100 million lawsuit on his hands as a result. It’s a bad deal for the guy who was a Def Jam rockstar back in the early 00’s.

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We’ll need something a bit heavy for Ja. Let’s run with a 2015 Zinfandel brought to us by 1000 Stories. This Mendocino-based winery has a unique secret to aging their Zin’s: bourbon barrels. Using oak that was previously soaked in bourbon gives this Zinfandel an extra kick of toasty warmth and smoothness. Plus, at more than 15% alcohol for less than 20 bucks, it’s perfect for extinguishing a…wait for it…Fyre.


Kendrick Lamar

A polar opposite to Ja Rule’s Fyre – Kendrick Lamar is creatively on fire (puns on puns). He punted his latest, DAMN., into the world last month and it’s ridiculously good. The album bleeds machine gun silkiness; aggressive yet seductive.

Kendrick Lamar

You’ll want something to match. Just like Kendrick, we’ll go against the grain yet with a comforting flavor in McRitchie Winery’s 2013 Ring of Fire. This red blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot hails from Yadkin Valley, North Carolina. Yadkin Valley sits north of Charlotte and just south of the Virgina border. It’s a pretty nascent wine territory but already producing some solid vino. The Ring of Fire is drinking young right now; it’s acidity and flavor is like a punch with love.


Obamacare

I know, it’s physically impossible to have a drink with a piece of legislation. But it’s worth toasting a program that provided affordable healthcare for millions yet was voted in favor of repeal and replace by the House yesterday.

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The Affordable Care Act deserves a tribute wine. Pop open a bottle of 1989 Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon. This Napa Valley beauty will cost you pretty penny but, oh, is it ever worth it. Rustic, herbaceous, and a whole lot of body, it’s like rolling around in a forest fresh with rain (don’t mind the mud). If you can’t afford to be healthy, might as well wrap your tongue in pure, unadulterated luxury.



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