“I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence…” ~John Adams
Another holiday weekend. Another opportunity to explore!
Our tour, while it started off on a shaky note, finished quite satisfactorily.
Still, our first stop to Sweet Vine Winery was a bit of a disappointment (as much as it pains me to type that, considering I’m not looking to be a food critic)! True, I didn’t set the day’s agenda, so I wasn’t entirely certain of what to look for or expect in each of the stops. Based on prior wine tasting experiences, this did lead me to have some false expectations about hoping to see vines at every stop of the day. Sweet Vine, however, offered only tastings. No vines – no grapes – in sight! (Sweet Vine Winery’s vineyard apparently is over an hour away from the wine shop — in which direction is still a mystery, considering the owner admitted to still getting lost on his trips back and forth.) The wines selection was extensive, but the flavors were mediocre and not to my preferences. Many of the wines were seasonal and fruit wines — too sweet for my taste.
The Sweet Vine Amerone, though, was the most interesting wine out of the overwhelming 20+ options, primarily because of the history of the grapes. Amerone wines are traditionally made from grapes dried in Italian caves, so of all the options, this wine seemed to be the most unique of the bunch. Still, had I known I would be paying for the tasting – a fact that was not clearly advertised, I would not have bought a bottle. It wasn’t that unique in flavor. Original as the Amerone grape’s history was, I ultimately offered to make a pity purchase. The bottle, which I begrudgingly added to my collection of reds, has yet to be opened. I am curious to see whether it tastes as mildly intriguing as I remember during the tasting.
For a disappointingly diverse wine selection, a mediocre tasting environment, and an obnoxious Microsoft Word-esque clip art graphic of a logo, I reluctantly give Sweet Vine my first negative review… The winery shop is mildly reminiscent of a German beerhaus, the wines were non-descript, tasting mostly of watered-down local fruit varietals.
- Sweet Vine Winery, Amarone – a Northern Italian grape with with different tastes at different temperatures