Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Does Santa think it's electric?

I was watching my recorded CSI:Miami from Monday and decided to see what surprises the wine cooler held. I pulled out a bottle of Electric Reindeer Cabernet Sauvignon from California. It is a non-vintage blend in a bottle with a red reindeer with sparkles and lights in it's antlers. Apparently it is released in the holiday season. Not expecting too much, but it could be interesting.

Very light in color for a cab. You can actually see through to the bottom of the glass. Before I even get close to smelling it, the fruit smell overwhelms the senses.

On the nose, it smells like candy. Strawberry candy with a sugar coating. Strawberry candy with a sugar coating dipped in molasses and a raw sugar packet chaser.

Not as big a fruit bomb as I expected. Not much complexity and the middle is a little light. The finish is actually interesting. A few tannins, actually hangs on longer than I expected. I pick up a little green (sour apple) Jolly Rancher.

Not a bad little wine.

Rating: It'll do (much to my surprise!)

"We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine."
Eduardo Galeana

Enjoy a glass tonight!


Teach your kids about wine???

No wine tasting notes today, but I ran across an article about whether or not it is beneficial to introduce wine to kids (teenagers) in a responsible manner. One of the typical schools of thought are that if you teach them about wine in a manner that portrays wine as a compliment to the meal or a celebration of the meal by pairing it with a wine, you teach them to enjoy wine responsibly. There is another approach that says that introducing children to any alcohol before they are old enough teaches them that alcohol is ok and encourages binge drinking. Take a look at the article by Eric Asimov in the New York Times that discusses this here. Chime in and post a comment. Maybe later in the week, I'll give you my opinion.

"Who loves not wine, women and song, remains a fool his whole life long."
Martin Luther