This is the third and final installment of my recap at this years Great Grapes event. For my previous two write ups on the goings on at Oregon Ridge, you can click here or even here.
This weeks wine is the 2014 Alison’s Watermelon Wine from Layton’s Chance.
It was suggested by friends to mention a less than lavish or popular grape, and show a lighter side. In this case, it’s also a sweeter side. Wine festivals are not always designed for the wine aficionado or connoisseur.
I’ve been to so many of these things, that it’s whatever you want these events to be. I’ve had great wines, some disgusting ones, and everything in between. If you want high-end bottles, you will find them. If you want the lighter and sweeter types, you will find those too. If you’re just looking to have a good time and get drunk while doing so, well you’re in luck.
At this point of the event, we were all getting into a pretty sedated state. So any and all expert analysis – what the nose was, what fruits, herbs, and spices could be tasted, or any other terms are out the window at this point.
I said there would be no evaluation of this wine, but one thing should be mentioned. The nose or smell was horrific. It reeked of barley and some other vileness. I’ve smelled worse, but this was painful.
However, on a warm Sunday afternoon, it tasted so refreshingly good. The scentl was so deceiving. This was an enjoyable drink that we passed around with friends that we were with and ones we ran into.
That’s what this event is all about. We were having fun and enjoying one another’s company. It was a beautiful day. We had good wine, good food, and good music.
And when it came to food, we had anything and everything with this wine.
This is a wine I will definitely try again in any setting. And I would love to try some of their others when I get the good fortune to do so. And I find great joy in visiting wineries, and I would love to make the drive to the Eastern Shore to visit this one.
For more on this winery you can click on any of the links in this sentence. Where to buy or how to get in touch can be found here.
I’ll leave with you a couple more photos from the experience.
See you at the next festival!