In these days of high unemployment and wild uncertainty, it’s nice to relax with a bottle of wine that doesn’t break your pocketbook. I’m here to sort out the memorable from the truly awful, and each bottle is under $10.
What to drink to celebrate the longest day of the year? With a getting-close-to-full moon on board, to boot. Well, if you’re looking for something different to try, may I direct your attention to the lovely rose´wines? And for those of you who know me, by all that is holy PLEASE stay away from the dreadful “white zinfandel” wines. They were only made to get non-wine drinkers to drink wine, not because anyone in the wine world actually LIKES them. (My opinion! And if someone in the wine industry DOES like the “white zins”, I’d love to talk to them and ask them – why?!!)
But – onward. To Rose´, which is not and has never been “white zinfandel”.
Fuchsia Rose´ Wine 2011 California Alcohol, 13.9% by Volume; $8.87 on sale at Vons
On the Label: The label won my heart. It’s got a lovely 50’s design on it, and there’s no folderol on the back.
My Take: This is a light, easy-sipping wine that surprises with its high alcohol content. You might want to splash this over ice, and add a nice berry-flavored sparkling water. My hubby gave that to me yesterday and it just tasted of summer. Earlier in the week, we had it “full strength” so to speak, and it blended with the day – it didn’t demand I pay attention to it, for good or bad. So…
My Rating: ~ Drinkable ~ Plus it’s got a pretty package!
Folie a Deux Menage a Trois California Rose´ Wine 2011 Alcohol
13.5% by Volume $7.39 on Sale at Vons.
On the Label: “A delightful blend based on three varietals – Merlot, Syrah and Gewurztraminer.”
My take: Again, loved the simple labeling. The wine was fruitier than the Fuchsia, deeper in color and flavor and went well with the night’s fish offering. But it would have handled chicken salad or a white pizza just as well. This wine would ALSO make a wonderful spritzer.
My Rating: ~ Drinkable ~
So whatever you end up doing on this longest day of the year, may there be laughter, good food, excellent company, and a wine that doesn’t make you think too much.
Note: apparently, our summer solstice hit at 1:04am…so tonight, enjoy the summer solstice aftermath, lol!
As usual, this is just my honest opinion and depend upon my mood, the weather, and what cycle the moon is in. Your taste buds will differ.
~ Until the next time, cheers! ~
My Rating System: Undrinkable; Barely Drinkable; Drinkable; Very Drinkable; and the ever-popular “Stay Away! This is MY wine, you Slut!”