berry · Chambourcin · red wine · sweet · under $20

2011 Three Ships To the Wind

Friends and I picked up this beauty on a trip to Gettysburg shortly before the Christmas holidays.  The Adams County Winery store in Gettysburg graciously offered FREE wine tasting on our choice of three bottles.  I purchased two of the Three Ships to the Wind red wine.  Personally I enjoy a dry wine but my husband favors the sweet stuff a little more.  One bottle was uncorked Christmas Day and was inhaled within 10 seconds by our guests.  I didn’t even get a glass!!!  No worries though; I bought two!  Cracked the second one open for a solo glass the other night.  I ended up nursing it for an hour or so as it is really sweet which is not my favorite.  However, my husband loves it and our guests at Christmas couldn’t stop raving about it.

The wine is a very sweet and fruity and when chilled is crisp and refreshing (probably better for a summer day than the middle of winter!).  It leaves zero after taste and is perfect for those wine drinkers who “like” wine but don’t really LIKE wine if you know what I mean.  It’s a light weight red; Chambourcin blend.  Kudos to The Adams County Winery for this sweet bottle of red.  We’ll keep a bottle on hand for our guests that say they’d like to try a red but say they don’t like heavy or dry wine.  Just this evening I paired it with our steak dinner; worked out quite well.  I would have preferred a Shiraz with my steak but all in all it was a good experience.

Oh BTW they are changing their label and put up this promo picture on their Facebook page.  I like the new label!

bad wine · berry · Cabernet Sauvignon · plum · red wine · under $10

2005 Papio Cabernet Sauvignon

Boasting luscious plum and ripe berry flavors this wine does not hold up to its label.  It’s almost as if this after taste happens at the beginning; BEFORE I even taste the wine.  My sense of smell picks up the rancid bite and I make a face even before I try the wine.  It’s terrible at the beginning and then mellows off.  I can’t pick up on any of the flavors becuase of acidity of the wine.  I wouldn’t go as far to say the wine had gone bad but with a 2005 date it could be on it’s last legs.  This wine was brought to a dinner party and the person who brought it forgot to take of the DISCOUNT sticker on the wine (it cost $5).  After researching more recent years 2008 and 2009 it appears they are all priced around $5.  I had to to cut the wine with some Ginger Ale.  The sweetness from the Ginger Ale made the wine tolerable enough to drink (hate wasting it).  I do think the rest of the bottle will need to down the drain. Maybe I’ll pick up a “newer” bottle of Papio some time in the future but I’m going to need awhile to get over this experience.