Arriving at the winery the scene is a typical farm market complete with carriages to carry your foods, fruits, pies and other delectable farm ware. Upon entering the building, fruit was upon the nose (gee, what did I expect, you’re in a fruit winery, no an orchard, no a fruit stand, no a pie shop, okay, where am I)?
Okay, let’s presume I’m in a winery to taste some wines and here’s what is on the wine menu of which you can pick six wines for $6 and you get a signature wine glass to take home with you: Honey Peach Melba, Berry Best Friends, Whitfield’s Pearadox, Pearadise Celebration, Happley Impeared to name a few. Hey, I didn’t make up the names, remember you’re in a winery where the wines are made from fruits like apples, pears, apricots, raspberries, etc., etc., etc. Please do not call the Witless Whiner help line at 1-800-888-5555 to express your concern over anything in this post unless you want to face a pearilous pearsecution as that may come to be and you certainly do not want to face that wrath. As you have guessed I’m not a fan of fruit wines but to tell you I was mildly surprised with what I found here. The sommelier, are they called sommeliers in a fruit winery or are they called applepearliers? Only kidding:)
Here’s what I tried:
Whitfield’s Pearadox: Yup, you guessed it – pear, pear, and some more pear. No matter what I did, swirled and I got pear, smelled and I got pear, smelled again and I got pear, tasted it and I got, yup, pear. You guys catching on yet?
Happley Impeared: Uh, where do I start? Okay, see Whitfield’s Pearadox.
Faulkner’s Spiced Apple: Okay, pear everywhere, sorry I think I’m trapped in a Twilight Zone episode. Actually, this apple wine reminded me very much like an apple pie (my favorite pie) complete with the cinnamon finish. I was very surprised with this wine. I almost bought a bottle. Did I say that out loud or was I thinking it?
Honey Peach Melba: This was almost like a peach melba dessert made with apples only in liquid form. I prefer the one I can eat.
Apple Raspberry Blush: Now this didn’t seem like a fruit wine as it was quite tasty with a good combination of apple and raspberry flavors one no more dominant than the other and a nice complement to each other.
Strawberry Delight: A really nice dessert wine. Strawberry explosion is more like it.
I do have to mention that the sommelier was quite knowledgeable about the wines I was tasting and she recommended what dishes would
pear, pare, uh, I mean pair well with each wine and she did a remarkably great job.
BTW, I did buy an apple pie for dessert that night and it was just like the Faulkner’s Spiced Apple wine only in solid form. It was a real treat.
Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends…