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Cloudberry Wine ~ Finland

Peter the Swede, who gave us this wine, said cloudberries are "the gold of berries." The berries are exquisitely beautiful. And the name is certainly pretty.

I sniffed the glass deeply, and wondered what the wine smelled like.


"Cloudberries," said Don.

"Orange marmalade? Apricot jam?"

"Cloudberry jam," Don corrected me.

The taste is magnificent. Prettier than the name. I haven't figured out whether it's a wine, mead, or liqueur. It might be a "dessert wine," but we had it with dinner - chicken parmigiana with asparagus spears - and it was heavenly. The best thing I've tasted in a long time. Cue to me booking tickets to Scandanavia. Peter says June is good.

Wiederkehr Niagara White ~ Arkansas

I hadn't heard of the hundred-year-old Arkansas winery with the Swiss heritage. This white wine is made primarily from Niagara grapes, blended with other local varietals. I tried this wine with my family on Christmas. It's sweet and fruity and tastes so much like ordinary grape juice that we kept checking the label to make sure it was really wine. It's tasty, and perfect for a holiday!
pink wine

Chateau Indage White Zinfandel ~ India

I was so excited to find a white zinfandel at MMI. They stock American white grenache, and various pink Australian and European wines which are usually made from shiraz. But zinfandel grapes are so tasty. And I didn't have an India tag on this journal. And the label, as you can see, was hilarious.

Too bad it tasted like sour dirt. We're still not even sure how this wine happened. Since when are zinfandel grapes cultivated in India? Since when does India export wine, anyway? I had a glass or so and could hardly stand to finish it ~ which is really too bad.
white wine

Inniskillin 2004 Reserve Chardonnay (Canada)

Whoa! A chardonnay that I like! We bought this because it was an expensive wine marked waaaay down in price at a "Monster Grape Sale" in May, but it's just gorgeous. It tastes a little like champagne, in fact. My taste buds don't tend to get along with white wines (sparkling aside) because they're either too watery or too cloying, but this one is fruity and just enough mature tasting. I smell grapes and apples, and taste apricots. And Dad, it isn't buttery!

There is an ice wine by Inniskillin locked in a glass case at our wine store. When I'm a rich girl, I am so trying it.
red wine

Goats Do Roam 2005 (South Africa)

Goats Do Roam has a cute label and a clever (made up) history to go with it, but unfortunately, it isn't that good. It's green peppery. It could be worse (it could be more green peppery) but it could be a lot better. It tastes like the vintners did everything they could with overripe grapes. It's familiar... I feel like I've tasted it before. At least when you're drinking it, you know it's wine. It's not berries or plums or chocolate or something poetic like silk. Nope, just pure fermented grapes with their skins here.

I do recommend checking out their website, if you think you can handle the puns. Ounce for ounce, this wine packs a great deal of charm for the money.
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Cellier d'Or Rouge

A contender for "Most Boring Wine Possibly Ever." When I opened it, I wasn't too impressed with the nose; rather, I couldn't detect an aroma at all, no matter how furiously I swirled. The taste has no complexity or character, and very little tannin or fruit. But it's very easy, with not even a hint of unpleasantness. So I think it would be appropriate to keep a case around to serve guests who've already drunk enough not to know the difference. It has a pretty label, and a synthetic cork that makes a dramatic pop! So I think I'm about to walk back to the wine store and buy as many bottles as I can carry. After all, it's going for $2.19 at the local Maritime & Mercantile International, Limited.

white wine

German Wine Labels

A pilot named Don M. (from a couple of recent flights I did) gave me this information about buying German white wine. Since he was clearly knowledgeable on the subject, I took notes. These are the words he looks for when buying German wine for himself:

"Qualitizwein mit pradikat" is a high-quality, totally natural wine.

Ripeness of grapes ranges from kabinett (dry) to spatlese (medium dry) to auslese (sweetest).

"Trocken" designates a dry wine; "halbtrocken" a medium-dry wine.

He also added that he likes the wines from the Mosel/Saar/Ruwer river regions, which present a "slatey" flavor due to the soil.

(Don M., if you are reading this, let me know if I got any of this wrong!)