Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz
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CAVEAT! As you read this, please keep in mind that wine is subjective! This means that everyone enjoys different things and something I like might not be something you like and vice versa. I’ll be as objective as I can with facts about the wine’s quality, but in the end if your opinion differs from mine...that’s perfectly fine! Wine is only worth drinking if YOU like drinking it!
LET’S INTRODUCE THE WINE
Today I’ll be drinking a Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz from South Africa. My mom is joining me for this tasting, and since she is a fan of sweet wines, I chose this just for her. Her favorite right now is Moscato d’Asti, so let's see if I can convince her to branch out from her norms, and add this wine to her list of favorites!
It was also interesting to me that this Shiraz was from South Africa. I didn’t realize they called it Shiraz there and not Syrah (same grape!). So those are just a few reasons I’m excited for this tasting!
JAM JAR SWEET SHIRAZ FUN FACTS
Let’s start by talking about the Shiraz varietal.
Now a little bit about the brand.
WINE TASTING NOTES
Look: Medium ruby
Smell: Berries, chocolate, a little smoke
Taste: A little sweetness, acidity
My mom thinks it tastes like cherry cough drops!
Food Pairing - Red meat, especially bbq or something with sweetness
Occasion - Brunch, happy hour, and sangria (or a slushy)!
Rating - I give it a swell!
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