Negroamaro

HB4116What a romantic, mysterious name for an equally romantic and mysterious wine.

A VINEBOX treat.

Deeply red, nearly opaque, I caught cherry/raspberry on the aroma, but couldn’t nail down anything specific on the palate.  Maybe my lack of experience, maybe I’m having an off night, but I got smooth fruit.  Not too tart, and full of body and flavor. A nice flavor, but it was all fruit to me.

HB4116As per accompanying infocard: “Negroamaro boasts baked raspberry, ripe plum, and spice-cabinet notes like anise and cinnamon.” 🤷🏾‍♀️ I’ll take their word for it.

Either way, I enjoyed it. I could buy a whole bottle and drink it with my lover, while staring into his eyes.  There was something seductive about the smoothness and ambiguousness of flavors.  Get you some at VINEBOX, my link gets you $10 off your first order!

BedVyne Cotes de Provence

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Yet another rose, and this time, its from a local spot named Bed-Vyne!

I popped the cork on this baby and swirled it in my glass.  Very faint floral aromas, with bright strawberry peeking through.  On the tongue, it was crisp, and clean, but the finish left something to be desired.  I want to say there was a young acidic tinge that cut the finish short, but I would venture to guess there’s got to be something I could pair this with that would be harmonious.  Think a citrus-y rind flavor.  That sharp, sometimes astringent quality that isn’t always bad, but can possibly mellow out with aging.

Overall, it was of a gorgeous color that nearly glowed, and definitely one I would try again.

A beautiful bouquet…

HB4116HB4116I rated this one ⭐⭐⭐/5.

Once upon a VINEBOX, I read the info cards and one told a tale of rose petals and fresh menthol. Completely puzzled, I unscrewed the cap and took a whiff.  Sure enough, the beautiful smell of rose filled my nostrils.  Always the classy lady, I poured this dark red vial into a glass and swirled some more, sniffing to my little hearts content.

When it came time to taste, the faint rose aroma gave way to a medium bodied, pruny delight that, as promised, finished with a hint of mint.  I found this to be a plot twist for the worst. I’m not a huge fan of mint in my food, but I read this wine would be amazing with a lamb dish.

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Ruza

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RUZA label

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RUZA in glass

Yes, I know, the glass defeats the purpose, but hear me out…

Soooooo I was excited for this canned wine. Single servings are my best friend since I tend to drink alone.  Anywho, this three pack from my very first Winc box was my first order of business.

I cracked one open, and noticed it was slightly fizzy (they tell you about this). One sip, and I imagined how satisfying this must be on a hot sunny day at the beach or even at home on the porch.  Light, crisp, and bright, I caught watermelon in there and longed for more.  But there was something else in there I couldn’t put my finger on.

Whatever it was, it went away as soon as I poured my can out into a glass.  Maybe it’s the brainfart after drinking wine from a can, or maybe, legitimately, something about the tin tasted off.  Whatever it was, I found the wine much more enjoyable after being poured into a glass.  That’s not to say it wasn’t good straight out of the can.

Definitely a keeper!

My first Müller-Thurgau

From VINEBOX, no less, and boy, did it not disappoint at all.

Smooth, fruity, and not so sweet, but mellow enough to enjoy alone.  My friends (in the head) at VINEBOX said it paired well it a good bag of potato chips.  Perfect for a lightweight like me who absolutely *needs* to snack while wining.  I’m getting my hands on some more, because my friends have *got* to try this.

I really wanna admit how obsessed I am with the packaging from VINEBOX and it was bittersweet cracking this guy open.  I have more coming in a few weeks (what did you expect?), so I’m just making room 😁.

Tempranillo!

Be sure to roll them rrrrrrs!

This was a spicy one!  Quite earthy,  barely fruity, and hot.  It rolled on the tongue, and paired well with dinner, which featured spicy ground beef.  This is one that could do great a little cooler; I enjoyed it more after leaving my glass in the fridge for a bit.  Too cold, and it literally zaps your tongue and you can’t taste a thing. *take my word for it*

You guessed it, this was from Wine Insiders.

Oooooo honey!

Say it with me, now: Sauvignon blanc.
Ok, I know this is one of the wines that can get pretty complex, so I went into it with my mind completely open.  I poured it out, swirled my glass, and spotted some peach in the aroma, amongst something floral.  There was something else I couldn’t quite nail down until I tasted it.  Unmistakably,  it was honey.

Honey is one of the flavors I’ve read about but not yet encountered in the wild.  Of course, finally running to it was exciting for me.  This wine was smooth, and paired well with my dinner (can’t remember what it was).  Another win for the whites from Wine Insiders!