Review: 2012 Benefactor Cellars Shiraz

Summer in LA is my favorite time of the year. Not only for the weather, but also because of the bounty of events going on. You can see free concerts on the pier, take free dance lessons in downtown and even watch a movie in a cemetery.

The Hollywood Forever Cemetery–where Dee Dee Ramone, you know of that band, the Ramones, and Cecil B. DeMille, the famed Hollywood producer, are buried–plays classic movies hosted by Cinespia throughout the summer. A few nights ago, I saw Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” and drank lots of wine, including 2012 Benefactor Cellars Shiraz.


At first sniff, this dark red wine smells like cloves and currant. It’s pungent and warm and has a tobacco-y/cigarette-y after taste. here’s black cherry peeking through in there as well.

My friend bought it from Trader Joe’s because it was cheap ($5), but the ghoulish label went with the cemetery theme quite nicely, even if it was not on purpose.

Overall, I recommend the wine if you don’t have high expectations and are looking to please a crowd on the cheap.

Nuts and Bolts

  • Winery: Benefactor Cellars
  • Type: Shiraz
  • Origin: Southeastern Australia
  • Vintage: 2012
  • Price: $5
  • Alcohol content: Unknown (It was too dark in the cemetery to find it on the label)
  • When to drink: Eat this with chocolate! It tasted great alongside the Toblerone I brought. Or I could even see this warm vino pair well with ribs. Don’t forget the Salt Lick…and the wet wipes.