I am absolutely in love with this wine right now. When I first saw it in the supermarket, I was actually looking for the Arbor Mist version of this flavor. Whenever I’m craving a sweet wine, my absolute go to had been Arbor Mist as their blends seem to be more sugary. Well, when I came upon the Arbor Mist bottle, the store had jacked up the price to $6 for a 750mL! Craziness! I enjoy this wine, but the greedy jerks were just taking advantage of their customers.
I kept looking, thinking I was going to go for a red Moscato instead when I happened upon the Wild Vines version. I was skeptical at first as seeing a bottle for $3.50 was low even for my standard, but I figured, what the hay!
Wild Vines Blackberry Merlot is meant to be served chilled, so I waited until the next evening to try the bouquet. The moment it hit my tongue I knew. It was my new favorite! The sweet tones of the blackberry married with the dark Merlot grapes gave it a bold taste, and unlike Arbor Mist, it wasn’t as sugary as I thought it would be with it’s subtle hint of bitterness.
I was in love! Still am, but guess what I happened upon at the grocery store this weekend when searching out my wine. They had rasied the price on this one, too! I don’t drink that much wine, maybe a bottle a month, so I can’t be the cause of the higher price due to my high demand!
Guess I may be back on the market for a new brand soon. Until then, I’ll enjoy my $5.99 Wild Vines Blackberry Merlot a bit longer.
While at the grocery store the other night on the eve of Episode 1 of the latest season (7) of Game of Thrones, I happened across a beautiful bottle of chardonnay with gold etching. This glimmering glamour caught my eye as I took in the class of wine which was contained within, but no sooner did it dawn the white wine origins did I happen to glimpse the most wonderful inscription: Game of Thrones.
Now, I am sure it is pretty obvious by now that I am a total fan girl when it comes to GOT, so it shouldn’t surprise you that I have been in search of these elusive bottles. I have looked at any number of locations, even considered purchasing it online, but something about shipped wine makes me feel like I might have a problem, so I patiently waited until one fated day that I might happen upon one of these ever coveted bottles.
And then, as if by fate as determined by the Old Gods and the New, there it was, sitting on a few unopened cases, ripe for the taking! Unfortunately, I did not find its sisters, Red Wine and Cabernet Sauvignon, but Chardonnay had never looked so beautiful. I happily skipped the entire way to the self-checkout lane and popped that cork right as Episode 1 began.
Now, the flavor. Per the website, enticing aromas of stone fruit and white blossoms lead to a rich, creamy palate of peaches, apricots, tangerine, Meyer lemon, baking spices and honey, balanced by mouth-watering acidity. A touch of oak on the lingering finish.
As most Chardonnays go, the citrus warmth hit my palate with ease. I prefer white wines, and this one absolutely delivered! As the array of fruits and blossom swirled within my mouth, the warmth of honey slithered down my throat and left me with sweet after tones. This glorious first sip christened the episode as the wonderful opening static and HBO logo light up the screen. It was the perfect way to bring in the new season, and I truly hope the Lord of Light will allow me to find another bottle of Game of Thrones wine soon!