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You know the feeling when you step into a wine store and only leave with a head rush from being so overwhelmed. If you’re not a sommelier or a wine connoisseur and don’t understand all that wine-lingo, we’re right there with you. But after years of experience in bartending, we’ve been able to pinpoint a few types of wines for certain tastes.
Because we know it can be such a pain to buy wine, we’re going to make this easy on you. We’ve broken down three of the most commonly asked for ‘flavors’ of wine and given you a few options in each list. We know, we know…. You can give us a big hug later you’re happily sipping a new wine.
For the Sweet Tooth
One of the most commonly asked for wines is something that is sweet. The problem with this is that everyone’s definition of sweet is subjective. Most bartenders solve this by serving the person with a moscato, which is a very sweet wine, but there’s nothing interesting about it. It pretty much tastes like apple or grape juice.
Whether you like or don’t like moscato, here are a few other sweet wines to try in the future that are a bit more ‘adult’:
Freixent Cordon Negro Sweet Cuvée Penedès (Spain): A mouthful, isn’t it? Don’t be intimidated by that fancy-schmancy name. This lightly aerated wine is perfect for someone who loves a touch of sweetness. It also has some fruity undertones, making it a great wine for summer. ($12 per bottle)
Clean Slate Riesling (Germany): If you’re looking for a wine with absolutely no bitterness and a soft sweetness, this is the one. The only downside is it goes down so smoothly, you might have to limit yourself to buying only one bottle at a time. ($13 per bottle)
For the Seeker of Boldness
You don’t do anything lightly, including selecting your wine. If you don’t like wimpy or weak wines, you probably should branch out and try a bold blend. Here are two that are affordable and amazing.
Gung Ho 2013 Red Blend by Motto Wines (California): Dream of a wine that will fill your palate with a variety of flavors? The Red Blend by Motto Wines is a great pick! Depending on your taste buds, you’ll get more of a fruity flavor, or you could even get a hint of blueberry pie. ($15 per bottle)
Big Bold Red by Yellow Tail (Australia): Hints of spice will kick you right in the taste buds! It’s proven that a glass of red wine a day is good for your health, and you won’t have one touch of guilt over indulging in this brand. It has a rich flavor that pairs perfectly with steak or BBQ and cheeses. Dress it up, dress it down, this wine won’t mind! ($12 per 1.5 L bottle)
For the Fruit-Lover
If you love drinking wine in the summertime, a fruity blend is ideal for those backyard parties. Sometimes wines that have strong fruit flavors can also be dry, which leaves your mouth feeling like you just swallowed cotton. These two blends aren’t like that – give them a go next time you’re out!
2011 True Blue Blueberry from Nassau Valley Vineyards (Delaware): Little ole Delaware has made itself a favorite place on our wine-production map with this amazing fruit wine. Made with 100% locally grown blueberries, this wine is pure-fermented berries, assuring you get full flavor. Pair with chocolate or cheesecake for an indulgent experience. ($18 per bottle)
Apple Cranberry by Ashley Lynn Apple Wines (New York): Complete your holiday festivities with this refreshing apple wine. It’s Ashley Lynn’s #1 best selling wine, which should tell you something! It’s crisp and refreshing with a kick of tartness from the cranberries. ($9 per bottle)
Trying a new wine or selecting vineyards with unique wines for your event doesn’t have to be hard. Give Good Spirits Lancaster a call. Our knowledge and expertise will make your life so much easier!