House Wine Original Red Blend
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LET’S INTRODUCE THE WINE
Today, I’ll be drinking the House Wine Original Red Blend. You may have noticed from the picture that this is not your typical bottle of wine, in fact, this wine wasn’t in a bottle at all! Canned wine is becoming more and more popular these days, and I figured it was about time I included one in this series. I’m not against canned wine by any means, but I typically reach for a white or rosé, so why not step out of my comfort zone and try a canned red?
Before we get into the review, let’s talk a bit about this wine.
HOUSE WINE ORIGINAL RED BLEND FUN FACTS
WINE TASTING NOTES
Look: Beautiful Ruby
Smell: Slightly underripe fruit - plum, blackberry, black cherry, red cherry, LOTS of green pepper, green peppercorn, hint of allspice
Taste: Soft, plush mouthfeel. Medium across the board in terms of acidity, body, alcohol, and tannin!
Food Pairing - I’m imagining grilled kebabs with bell pepper, onion, mushroom, and beef would be delicious with this wine! Also semi hard cheeses, roasted mushrooms or eggplant, and pasta with meat sauce come to mind. As a lighter bodied red wine, I think this would pair with a lot of different foods.
Occasion - Backyard BBQ, Hike, Golfing, Camping, Outdoor Chores
Rating - One thumb up, definitely swell!
In summary, this wine is definitely worth trying. For anyone concerned with the aluminum can, don’t be! Even when tasting the wine directly from the can, I did not taste any signs of the packaging affecting the wine (no metallic taste or unwanted carbonation). My one qualm with this wine is that I disagree with the tasting notes listed on the bottle. The wine is less bold & jammy, and more thirst-quenching & fruity!
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