There are few things I love more than dissecting TV culture. One of them is dark, crushable rosés. Which makes this Spanish Granacha that’s $12 and absolutely addictive the perfect match for this collection of the best essays on TV, by the New Yorker’s inimitable Emily Nussbaum.
I hesitate to use the word “binge” here because while binge-watching is okay, binge drinking is not. But consider a tamer version of that the sentiment here. This wine, the Granacha rose by Viña Zorzal, is so god damn good that the day after buying it, I ordered 9 more bottles. 9! And I’ve been checking the stock at the store to make sure I can still snag a few more before they’re gone. Meaning: I really love this wine.
Why? It’s admittedly my type—full, dark, rosé—but it’s also super impressive on several levels, but notably for the price. I don’t typically buy on price alone; I stay under $30 for the most part, but I rarely search, intentionally, for under $20, as most of what I like tends to run in the $22-$24 range. So when I saw this was $10, I was somewhat floored. I’d recently read about Viña Zorzal in an exploration of new Spanish producers in advance of my fall trip to Spain and had been very excited to try them; a family vineyard in Navarra that works with native grapes, bringing back some forgotten ones like Graciano and doing great work with Granacha in several forms. Lo to my surprise when they had my holy grail, this rosé, at Chambers Street Wines for a must-have price. And it could be double the price. Tangy, juicy, brightly acidic, bursting with red grapefruit and citrus rind and Australian strawberry licorice vibes, this is the flamenco dancer emoji of wine. A party in your mouth and every bottle is invited. It’s a crystalline deep pink, glittering in the glass, and is fantastic with a slight chill. It’s exactly what you want when you’re going through a couple episodes (or seasons) of a particularly juicy show. I will drink this alone at home and on Bachelorette/Bachelor nights with my best friend for nights and nights to come.
I Like To Watch is such a good name for a book, especially a book about TV, that I wanted to applaud Emily Nussbaum before I even cracked it open. It’s the kind of title that says “This book is gonna be so good, might as well pour a glass and settle in now.” And it IS that good. Those already aware or fans of Nussbaum’s cultural criticism & TV reviews at the New Yorker will love getting to see how her work connects across years, shows, genres, and movements; anyone unfamiliar will quickly be a fan. (The subtitle is “Arguing My Way Through The TV Revolution,” which is very accurate.) She is so smart; she makes you think about TV and what it says about us & our culture in a deep, fascinating way. This media studies girl is a devout reader, and I’m delighted to now have a physical way to reference some of her best work.
The best part of both of these is there’s so much more to discover. Viña Zorzal makes 10 wines currently and most are affordable; it’s a great entry-level natural producer to help expand your Spanish wine horizons. And Nussbaum has been writing for nearly two decades online; her catalog, particularly when she writes about big cultural moments at the New Yorker, is very worth exploring. I guarantee once you start with both of these, you won’t be able to stop.