No, no, the title isn't because I've gone crazy- That's the name of the wine I'm currently drinking, Frisky Zebras, and I have to say it's a pretty excellent buy!
I was initially attracted to the colourful label, the silly name and the various stickers exclaiming it's eco-friendly approach and Free Trade practices. The makers of Frisky Zebras, an enterprise called United Nations of Wine, is a certified "CarbonNeutral" company so they give back more than what they take from the earth. Being decorated in these types of disclaimers and bedecked with stickers regarding awards, I was definitely intrigued. After these types of investments have been made by the business, I figured their Seductive Shiraz was going to be an expensive experiment but what really sold me on their brand was the price point; $8.75! I actually checked the fine print on the LCBO price tag, to compare and make certain that I was holding the bottle to match, but that's the actual cost. Needless to say, I excitedly headed straight for the cash with the Shiraz in hand and then high-tailed it out of there like I stole something!
After tucking my children in (for the billionth time) this evening and pouring myself a glass, I discovered fruity notes on the nose, coupled with coffee and an an anise-like aroma. Loving black licorice, lattes and wine, it was quite like having a glass of all of my favourite things and I was a regular Julie Andrews for a minute, going all Sound of Music soundtrack over this and the prospect of no children being awake for the next three hours. That also happens to be one of my favourite things.
I was definitely correct with the fruity aspect, as the wine tastes of cherries and plums, then a chocolatey sweetness that's amped a bit with a slight pepper. It's a medium-bodied red, which you might think wouldn't be the case due to it's 14% alcohol content, with a smooth finish that's not too long but not short enough to disappoint a gal either!
I would recommend this for anyone who prefers a sweeter wine, without prominent and lingering tannins.
If you end up trying the wine and dislike it, please be sure to check out the rest of their line and see if there may be something that peaks your interest. This company does charity work, as well as being eco-friendly and worth spending your money on. If you're going to enjoy wine, you may as well save the planet while you're gripping and sipping.
If you like it, great! I have introduced you to something frisky and enjoyable that isn't my husband. Some days, I would happily trade one for the other ;)
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