America’s been eating Hostess Twinkies for over 90 years. Some winemakers believe there is ample evidence to suggest that the American palate craves sweet wine. After all, American’s have a huge appetite for sugar. And, no doubt a huge segment of the American market place will taste it, love it and start buying sweet wine. We brought the Confectioner’s Sweet Red Wine to Easter Dinner to find out how well it would fare among a group of 18 adults, between the ages of 21-64, with varying degrees of wine drinking experience.
April 25, 2011, Easter Sunday
Yesterday we enjoyed Easter dinner at the Lewis-Harlow residence; (Q13 Fox News viewers and Seattle Met Magazine readers know the Lewis-Harlow garage as “The Garage Mahal” or “Ultimate Man-Cave.”
Post dinner, we retired to the “Man-Cave” to watch Love and Other Drugs, a 2010 comedy-drama film with a very funny and love drawn premise. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s based on the non-fiction book: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway and I absolutely loved it. I had never seen it before and the film made me cry. What can I say…I’m a hopeless male romantic who loves love and happy endings. It’s really that simple.
Anyway, in addition to enjoying a great movie in the awesome Harlow “Man-Cave,” this Easter Sunday dinner was particularly delicious when it came to the food and wine combinations. We brought a bottle of the newly released Confectioner’s Sweet Symphony to quietly gauge peoples reactions. We also brought a 2009 Chapoutier Blanc and Chapoutier Rouge just to mix it up a bit. What we mostly drank was wine from Washington’s own, DeLille Cellars.
DeLille might well be considered one of Washington’s crown jewels when it comes to wine making. Their claim to fame are elegant, delicious wines worth every penny you spend…wines worth drinking as often as possible!
When we first arrived to Easter dinner, we were served a white 2009 Chaleur Estate Blanc from DeLille. A white Bordeaux style Washington wine that effortlessly paired up with a variety of cheeses. I thought, “this evening is off to a great start…” and before I knew it 18 dinner guests were sitting down in the dining room. The 2009 Chaleur Estate Blanc from DeLille was a wonderful prelude to the 2008 D2 from DeLille that we enjoyed with the lamb.
After dinner, I glanced around and the only wine remaining virtually untouched was the Confectioner’s Sweet Symphony! Was it unfair to have it in the company of so many good bottles of wine? Perhaps we should have announced its presence and purpose. Perhaps we should have served it over ice with dessert. Perhaps a new sweet breed of wine may not be for everyone…
So, that said, please enjoy what the winemakers have to say about the wines mentioned above and stay tuned for our next blog entry where we visit, taste chocolate, taste wine, and compare notes with Joe Whinney, Founder of Seattle’s very own, Theo Chocolate!
According to DeLille:
Chaleur Estate Blanc
“This year’s Chaleur Estate Blanc reflects the warmth and size of the 2009 vintage. A rich and expressive wine featuring a complex nose of dried apricots, figs, grapefruit, flint, toasted straw and grilled bread. The mouthfeel is rich, silky and voluminous with notes of grapefruit, gooseberries, hazelnuts and toast on the finish. Although tasting great now, this vintage will develop even more character with short to mid-term cellaring.
“67% Sauvignon Blanc | 33% Semillon
38% Boushey Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Sagemoor Sauvignon Blanc, 9% Klipsun Sauvignon Blanc, and 33% Boushey Semillon.”
According to DeLille:
2008 | $36
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Release Dates: November 4-7, 2010
“In an outstanding Merlot year coupled with the addition of Red Willow Vineyard Merlot to the blend, our 2008 D2 does not disappoint and can be expected to stand out as a stellar example of the vintage. This wine has an extremely expressive nose of toasted black cherries, violets, lavender, thyme, all encapsulated in subtle mocha espresso from the oak. On the palate, rich dark fruits of blackberries and black cherries co-mingle with chocolate nuances. The 2008 D2 is extremely charming, rich and unusually complex — a truly exceptional vintage for D2.
55% Merlot | 39% Cabernet Sauvignon | 4% Cabernet Franc | 2% Petit Verdot
13% Red Willow Merlot, 12% Boushey Vineyard Merlot, 10% Stillwater Creek Merlot, 10% Ciel du Cheval Merlot, 5% Klipsun Merlot, 4% Kiona Merlot, 1% Harrison Hill Merlot, 23% Grand Ciel Cabernet, 5% Ciel du Cheval Cabernet, 5% Klipsun Cabernet, 4% Red Willow Cabernet, 2% Harrison Hill Cabernet, 2% Ciel du Cheval Cabernet Franc, 2% Boushey Cabernet Franc, 2% Ciel du Cheval Petit Verdot”
Confectioner’s Sweet Symphony
According to the wine maker:
“Confectioner’s Sweet Symphony is a delectable, soft and sweet red wine. Made with grapes picked at the peak of ripeness, the wine captures a symphony of delicious fruit flavors including blueberries, raspberries and strawberries working together in perfect harmony to deliver delicately balanced red wine.
“Developed notes of ripe, summer berries are balanced by a slight sweetness. Showcasing true to fruit character with balanced acidity and a smooth finish, this wine tastes great chilled!
“Confectioner’s Sweet Symphony brings the fruit background of red wine to the forefront of your palate. We begin with a unique variety of the finest vinefera grapes blended to create a harmonized symphony of rich fruit flavor. A touch of oak and a kiss of sweetness bring these fruit flavors bursting forth in jammy layers that explode across the palate.”
Alc/ 12.5 – RS/7.0% – Categorized as Sweet Wine