Wine Tastes Like…High School

My sweet Richard ran to the grocery store tonight to grab some fresh veggies and a bottle of wine to go with the lovely fat porkchops I had planned for dinner.  In a hurry to beat the impending thunderstorm, he grabbed the first bottle he saw that looked appealing.  It turned out to be something called “White Merlot.”

I know, I know…but bear with me.

I’m generally not a fan of Merlot, or most red wines for that matter, because they’re too tannic for my poor stomach to take.  So I’m mostly stuck with lightly chilled Pinot Noirs and loads of white wine.  But this “White Merlot” — which is, really, a kissing cousin to White Zin — was fucking fantastic.  And before you heap your vituperation upon me, I know that it’s not really Merlot.  So just cool your heels, pups.

It tasted like a Bartles and Jaymes wine cooler, I’ll be the first to admit.  But it tasted like a Bartles and Jaymes wine cooler would’ve tasted to a 16-year-old sneaking her first taste of sweet, forbidden alcohol.  There was something familiar and comforting about its cloying sweetness and tangy raspberry undertones.  It was like smelling a perfume that you used to wear in high school, but haven’t encountered in twelve years; you wonder how you could have ever liked it to begin with — it’s too overt and it’s trying too hard — but there’s still that undercurrent of soft memories, first crushes and awkward homecoming dances that makes it irresistable to your jaded adult senses.

Just in case you couldn’t tell by my rambling prose, I am quite tanked on White Merlot right now.  It’s great.  I highly recommend it if you’re feeling sentimental.  Or just thirsty.  Either way…

5 responses to “Wine Tastes Like…High School

  1. Ah, the beauty of trying a new wine… always brings back a memory about something. If I had my way each time, I would only drink a different brand so I could always have a new experinece. Then again, that would become quite expensive over time.

  2. Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a company that decanted wines at cost, like The Perfumed Court does with expensive perfumes? You could just purchase one small glass of wine at a time, with no markup whatsoever. That way, you could try as many wines as your little heart desires without the trauma to your pocketbook.

    I have no idea how they’d make any money this way, but a girl can still dream. 😀

  3. White Merlot is one of my favorite wines. Texas wineries are starting to do some very good things by taking the skin off of the merlot grape and leaving in some (quite a bit) of the residual sugars. California does a good job as well.

    Check out “forest fire”.

    yum.

  4. Cory, have you checked out this awesome Texas wine map?

    http://www.gotexanwine.org/pdfs/TexasWineMapBrochure2007.pdf

  5. You bet. The Missus and I had about three of those in various locations in the Subaru when we did our driving weekend tour of the Texas Wine Country. I did a write up on the tour (and most of the wineries) under the “libations” catagory on my blog.

    They also have a, rather large, hard copy brocure that lists them out with directions and phone numbers. Good fun.

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