I am a dark wine loving fool. Whenever I do a tasting, I always fill up on all of the dark dry wines that I can find. This New Year's I tried something that was almost a challenge. Typically on New Year's, you drink champagne. I decided that I was going to try my hardest to try more champagne and white wines. It started with two exceptional peach wines and one amazing pink muscato. These were all over the last month, for the record.
For my last few day of vacation, I thought I would celebrate with another lighter local wine. While not really local, Oliver Winery does reside in my state. It is not in my region and it is not my first choice normally, but I am hoping this covers any bad memories tied to the brand. My bad memories are not the fault of the brand though. When I had a roommate many years ago, she drank so much Honey Meade wine from Oliver that she threw it all up in her bathroom, everywhere. Since I wasn't blessed with the sympathy gag reflux, I was recruited to clean up her mess.
Ever since, I have held a grudge against Oliver. Why would you make such tasty wines that make people do stupid things? Well, I was looking for a good local-ish wine and I found something that I just couldn't resist.
When I was little, I would sit at the bar at Red Lobster drinking Kiddie cocktails, aka maraschino cherries and sprite. Ever since that, I have been obsessed with cherry. While my mother runs from cherry, I embrace its sweet taste. I saw a bottle of cherry muscato. Could there be a better combination? I finally uncorked this lightly fizzy delight a few hours after purchase, and was very pleasantly surprised. It was like a kiddie cocktail mixed with a little sparkling grape juice. It was just enough fizz to give a sense of excitement. The taste was soft and inviting. Unlike many dry champagnes, this muscato was true to the sweet nature, but gentle on the palette.
Will I ever forget the Honey Meade fiasco of 2010 (guessing a random year)? Probably not. I may even try to have a glass one day in hopes for it to redeem itself. Until that time, I am happy with this representation from Oliver.
If this is being posted before 7pm, I'm a poser. I'm probably drinking tea.