Okay who loves wine?????? Just me?? LOL. I wouldn't consider myself a wine snob however I know what I like and what doesn't tickle my fancy. If I'm being honest, a dry white wine doesn't do it for me yet. However I am always open to trying new things (or in this case not 'new' things). Sometimes when I go to the winery I will get a flight of wines that I don't particularly love, just to give them another chance. I am always looking for new ways to broaden my horizons.
Wine tasting is a great place to start if you aren't really sure what you like. Go with your besties and make a fun day out of it! My only rule is you really have to sample your wine under the direction they give you. If you skip around and take a sip of your Moscato before a sip of your cabernet, the cabernet is going to be super oaky and dry tasting. If you start with your cabernet and work your way to the Moscato, it will be a perfect sweet finish to your flight.
Finding a new wine to try at the liquor store or winery can be an overwhelming decision. I haven't really experimented with super fancy wines , so here's some of my 'value' recommendations (excluding the two local winery wines)! If you haven't yet, give these a try!
- D'Asti Moscato: this one is light, bubbly, and the perfect dessert wine
-Bartenura Moscato: notes of wildflowers, ripe melons and honey followed by flavors of pear, nectarines and apricot
-Canti Moscato: slightly effervescent with delicate floral aromas of apple blossom, jasmine with some citrus.
-Washington Hills Riesling: notes of lime zest and mineral essence on the nose, while wonderful crispness compliments the creamy texture surrounded by sweet Key Lime flavors
*local Favorite* Ruby Rhubarb Fruit Wine from Rolling Forks Vineyard - mostly rhubarb with some raspberry notes to jazz it up. POP-UP there soon! Stay tuned for details
-Stella Rosa Red- Blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry, Semi-sweet & tart red blend
Josh Cabernet -flavors of blackberry, toasted hazelnut and cinnamon, complemented by hints of vanilla and toasted oak
Joel Gott Cabernet - has aromas of blackberry and black cherry with notes of clove, vanilla, and brown sugar
Bread and Butter Cabernet - soft aromas of black cherry, blackberry and boysenberry with hints of tobacco and licorice
Line39 Pinot Noir - rich flavors of raspberries and black cherries
19 crimes- Snoop Dogg’s Cali Red - a nicely balanced red blend, with notes of black cherry, vanilla and candied raspberry
*Local Favorite* Hotdish Red - Carlos Creek Winery - red wine with bold, fruit-forward aromas and flavors
Of course I didn’t include every single wine, we’d be here all day! These are just my go-to’s. Have you tried any of these wines? If not, which one would you try? Any recs for my next bottle?