Thursday, October 3, 2013

A few words on wine...

I enjoy a good glass of wine.  When we travel, we often look for regional vineyards or wineries to stop in and do a tasting.  Over the past few years, my taste in wine had changed and improved.  I can now appreciate a rich, grapey red with a nice grilled steak that a few years ago I wouldn't even have tasted.

It took some time to educate my head as well as my palette and move past only enjoying an overly sweet wine. I enjoy wine so much that I started a "wine group" that meets once a month.  Planning the meetings, setting the table and finding a wine for us all to taste is something I also enjoy doing.

Over the past 3-4 years, our group has enjoyed $50 bottles as well as $4 bottles.  Price doesn't always mean that the wine is something that you're going to like!  And, a screw cap bottle or even a box wine can be even better than the bottles with "real" corks.

When choosing a wine for the group to sample, I often make the name on the label (along with the price tag) the criteria for what I choose.  The funnier the name, the more likely I am to give it a try.

 I found this on a recent trip and had to buy it because the label and description are so funny.

"Somewhere near the cool shadows of the laundry room.. Past the litter box and between the plastic yard toys. This is your time. Time to enjoy a moment to yourself. A moment without the madness. The dishes can wait. Dinner be darned."

It's bottled by Mad Housewife Wine Cellars in Manteca, CA.

Unfortunately, I chilled it when we got home and decided to "sample" it myself. LOL!  So, the group will miss out on this one.

As far as a rating, on a scale of one to five stars I'd give it a solid three.  It's not overly sweet, but it lacks a distinctive grape flavor.  It's slightly acidic and tastes good chilled right out of the fridge. This is one I call a "sippin' wine".  One you enjoy by the glass while relaxing on the patio.  It's definitely not one I'd pair with food.  I'd put it, in terms of sweetness between a moscato and a chardonnay.

I have eight more wines to sample from our last trip.  DH picked a few out that he knew he's going to enjoy.  His tastes run more to Cabernets, Shiraz and Merlots.  And, while I can drink a small glass of those, they tend to be too dry and oaked for my taste.


CountryTwinkle said...

What a neat title to a bottle of wine. I am still in the overly sweet stage of wine. Fruity and sweet.....LOL.

Flamenco92627/ Julieta said...

Yum, sounds refreshing! I'll have to try this.

oleladydevine said...

I am still in the overly sweet stage (I love St. Suprey's Moscato Wine). My DD & husband say they need to educate me on wines to expand the wines I choose. I don't think they will make much progress.