I grabbed a magnum-sized jug of this for a big family shindig this past summer. Like the Bud cans or Corona longnecks that beer drinkers use to line the bottom of the ice chest, I was really just aiming to have enough red wine to keep the aunts, uncles, and cousins properly lubricated for the party, and this seemed like a reasonable means to that end. But it turned out to be too hot for red wine that day, so the family leaned more heavily on beer and the dreaded "spritzer" than they normally do. When all was said and done, we had a leftover case of mixed red wines to reckon with. No complaints here!
The Twisted Magnum had been on sale for $9.99, which is cheap even for so-called "fun" wines like Yellowtail, or its many imitators. Judging from the label, I'd expected something perfectly satisfactory for the familial backyard grazing we'd planned, but days later, as my wife and I began drinking our way through the leftover party stash, we were floored to discover how good this stuff is. Like most inexpensive left-coast wines, Twisted's Old Vine Zinfandel tastes big and bold, but drinks much more smoothly and with a more immediate complexity than other wines in the same price range do. Had it been offered without my having seen the bottle or price tag, I would never have guessed that it came from the ten dollar table. And lest you forget, this was a magnum-sized bottle we're talking about here! That's 1.5 liters of wine -- the same amount you'd find in two regular-sized bottles, for those of you who are already too drunk to do the math. Like many other wine freaks who are finding themselves broke-ass poor in this new economy, I have tasted my share of five dollar wines and for the most part, would not wish the contorted facial expressions or pounding headaches they often summon upon anyone. Twisted's Old Vine Zin is a remarkable addition to the budget wine stable.
For an opposing viewpoint, and one which perhaps portrays me in a negative light, use the player below to hear Wanda Jackson's "Please Don't Sell My Daddy No More Wine".