“The connoisseur does not drink wine but tastes of its secrets.” Salvador Dali
We are back with the second round of wine tasting in the “M’s Wine Tasting” series. To recap from 001: Coffee has always been my preferred drink for any occasion–and 90% of the time it remains to be; however, most will tell you when pursuing a life of elegance, sophistication and affluence it is important to know your wines. That is not to say you need to be on the level of a sommelier, but you should have some knowledge as to what wines suit different meals, occasions, and most importantly your taste. Depending on where you live and the network you have, it is also just as equally important to have some knowledge of spirits and liquors, but that is a conversation for another time. For now, I want to focus on wine.
Now if you cannot tolerate alcoholic, by no means would I recommend trying the wines I will be sharing in this series. If you frequently host or plan events, it may be something you want to keep in the back of your noggin though. There will be many occasions where knowing wines will come in handy. For this reason, I have started a personal inquiry of wines and thought it might be not only intriguing, but helpful to share my findings. By no means am I an expert, as you know coffee is my heart’s drink, yet on a “wine’s quest”, so to speak, I will be sharing the wines that I try, my thoughts on them, and a rating in this new wine tasting series.
Before diving in, a little reminder: I do have astute tastes and do not tolerate dry, bitter, or spicy tastes well. My preferences are sweet–seriously sweet; so sometimes even dessert wines are not sweet enough for me. I tend to go for sweet and semi-sweet white wines, sparkling wines, and champagnes. Due to this, I would definitely suggest taking this into account as I continue my wine tasting series.
Without further ado, the second wine of the wine tasting series is another a pop cult favorite, the brand Barefoot Wines, with their Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato.
Barefoot is the most awarded wine wine brand of U.S. competitions. The California-based wine brand has a diverse assortment of selections. The Barefoot Bubble Pink Moscato is champagne or sparkling wine type with a 9.5% ABV. According to its flavor profile it has red tree fruit and fresh berries. It is asserted as its sweetest wine. It is recommended to be paired with candied cherries and sweet citrus fruit.
For this wine tasting, I chilled the wine in the refrigerator before drinking. The cork was a bit much to remove, so it does require patience to open, but once it’s open let the night or brunch begin. Upon pouring, I first noticed the bubbles that come up like froth or foam and dissipate after a few seconds and continues to bubble slight just underneath the surface. It has a beautiful color which I have read is compared to salmon, and I would actually compare it more to a raw spearhead trout.
The aroma is fair, but nothing immediately hits. The aroma is sharp like the taste. As my nose is more sensitive to alcohol content, the alcohol at 9.5% ABV does come across strongly. The wine is refreshing and notes of red apple come across more than cherry to me. It is crisp going down and smooth afterwards. The highlight for me is that it is quite sweet
Rating and Recommendations
Overall, I would rate the wine a 4.0. It’s not bad, but it is not mind blowing flavor either. Gentle notes of the fruit combination can be subtly detected, but they are not necessarily distinct. It is reasonably affordable and can be found at your local Target or Publix, or even ordered from Total Wines. It is great for elevating casual evenings at home. As it is a part of champagne and sparkling wine varietal type, it is a great way to make any evening feel special.
If you are not fond of red fruits or sweet wines, I would not recommend trying, but it is an interesting wine to taste with dessert. It is quite sweet and has a great balance of sweetness and crispness that bumped this to a four for me. If you decide to try this wine, I would recommend trying it with a rich or sticky dessert like baklava, chocolate turtles, or anything with caramel.
What is your wine preference? Would this be a wine that you would try? If you have, let us know, we would love to hear about more experiences with this wine!