If you haven't been to a winery in the Fort Wayne area on a Friday or Saturday, you haven't been living. You also probably have also had the chance to enjoy a bevarge without a massive line. I love the local wineries and so does everyone else. It isn't just the actual wineries that are busy anymore though. The great selections of food trucks are dragging people out and keeping them there.
Last week, my friend Jessica wanted to hang out. Part of me was like, no, I'm tired. The other part was like, oh, did you say Country Heritage? We haven't been there since Switchfoot performed. I was there a few weeks ago getting silent auction items, but I wasn't there to just relax.
We arrived and got a really good parking spot (shocker) and we went in. We separated. She wanted the food truck "Who Cut the Cheese" and I wanted wine. We both stood in crazy long lines, but mine finished about 30 minutes before hers. Did I mention that it was REALLY busy?
We enjoyed a bottle of Fall Harvest. She had two sandwiches and I stole some of her fried pickles. after getting some much needed food, we went to do a tasting. Since I recently did a tasting, I was excited to try something a little different.
My first wine was Pinot Gris. This was a good wine, but it was very plain. I sat there tasting it and I kept thinking, am I crazy? Is it supposed to be so flavorless? It wasn't bad at all. I partially wonder if it just ties to my lack of love for white wines. Jessica later tried it and said "well that's kinda plain" and I immediately felt better about my assessment.
My next wine was Marechal Foch. I was drawn to this wine from the word smoky. I have a love for dry reds and I instinctively love when they are described as smoky. The first assumption I have is that it was aged in a bourbon barrel. I asked about the flavor and it wasn't. It was indeed just the aging with the wood. Perhaps it was the difference between the aging of cherries over grapes? Who knows, but I was really impressed.
Next I tried Lacresent. This was not actually on my list, but it was on Jessica's. We ended up just tasting each others so we could get a wider range of tastes. This wine is described to have aromas of apricot and citrus as well as peach. It was actually more dry than i expected. I really thought something with so much fruit would be sweet. I think I still prefer the super sweeter Two EE's peach, but it was indeed good.
Vinter's Cuvee was my other love for the night. I knew by the description that it was going to be love at first taste. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet, and Sirah, it was a perfect red for this dry red wine loving girl. I felt like I should just buy some to have for every dinner party.
Cayuga White had the most accurate description in the tasting pamphlet. The exact words I said were light and crisp. I looked down only to see that written down. It really was a great wine.
Dos apples felt like nos apples! I totally get the cute name, but all I tasted was pineapple. I love pineapple and I really liked this wine. It was sweet and It tasted like it should be served on a beach. I just wish I could taste more apple!
Lastly, I tried Blueberry Estate Grown. I couldn't handle more than the sample. It tasted good. It was just too sweet. It was great for a desert wine, but I just couldn't help but taste blueberry. I asked one of the employees and they probably thought I was crazy. I dare you to try it now without thinking banana!
I love Country Heritage. If you haven't been out there, you should go.