Having worked out hard last night on dead weights, carving machines and the elliptical contraption, this evening I needed to give the bones a rest. I stopped for fresh things make meatballs and tortellini, and then decided a nice red would complement the meal. Kappy’s has a good wine selection, and I browsed their Italian offerings and then the Pinot’s. What I wanted was a blend I enjoyed last week with pal Alan. It’s labeled “Hook n’ Ladder,” but I can’t find a retailer that carries it. I settled for a distinctive black and blood bottle of Apothic Red. The label and description got me:

“A captivating blend of three distinct grapes, with the dark fruit flavors of Syrah, brambly spice of Zinfandel, and a smooth elegance of Merlot.

Apothic Red reveals intense fruit aromas and flavors of rhubarb and black cherry that are complemented by hints of mocha, chocolate, brown spice and vanilla. The plush, velvety mouth feel and smooth finish round out this intriguing, full-bodied red blend.”

I gently caressed the neck of the $9.99 beauty and put it on the counter to breathe while I got busy, Italian style. After balling and setting the sauce a simmer, I killed another half hour surfing for Christmas presents. The thought of sipping the three grape merger was…Well, it was apothicating. There, I said it. Well, wrote it. I couldn’t take it anymore. I gingerly removed a goblet from the cabinet and placed it down next to the… still corked bottle.

That little aggravation aside, it’s a fine Tuesday night wine.