When I first started drinking wine I was all about the sweet stuff. I didn’t think it would get to the point I’d love the dryer reds and full bodied wines that now please my palate. Little did I know that these sweeter and fruitier wines would only be the catalyst for where I am today and will continue to go.
I’ve been meaning to try Solomons Island wines for the longest time and while I’ve likely sampled them here and there, at various festivals, it never stuck out as anything noteworthy. They have their premium wines and their Island Mist selections, which is what they’re more known for and the bulk of what they’ll be sampling at most events. The latter is what I would usually avoid, deliberately.
But at Wine In The Woods last month I noticed a sign for a premium tasting, which means an extra dollar or two for this pour, with a lovely tulip on the bottle. I’m making excuses but I didn’t have dollar nor was any battery left on my phone to take pictures. I promised the winery and more importantly, myself, that I would by at Great Grapes and sample this wine.
The friendly folks who volunteered at Wine In The Woods at their booth would likely not be there again, and neither was anyone else I could recognize from last month. Nevertheless, I tried the Tulip along with the Orange Crush Merlot to mixed results.
The Tulip is a joy. It continues this sentimental feeling for me. I love things that symbolize and embody summer; hope, healing, love, joy, and any other superlative you want to throw out there. That lavender color won me over before even sipping. But that taste of fresh lavender, honey, peach is a masterful concoction.
This embodies Summer. This a wine that reminds me of why I started loving vino in the first place. It always comes back full circle.
This is not something I should be liking but it’s the positive side of a confirmation bias. Because I found something that hits home to me, I wanted to love it that much more, and it met my expectations. They may have even surpassed them. The entire presentation of this is a win. And yes it was worth the $1 pour and then some. $20 a bottle may seem steep for some and I completely understand. Personally, I’d take the plunge.
The Orange Crush Merlot may sound familiar. If you’ve ever had the privilege of having the soft drink of the same name, then this may work for you. Not for me. And again, everyone has their preferences. Even for the miniature amount I was given, it was hard to drink. Like I’ve stated before, we’re all not gonna love the same wines, and the same anything for that matter. That would make these events and gatherings unexciting. Groupthink shouldn’t apply to harmonious and feel-good events like this.
I’ve said it before in previous postings, but I would love to take a drive and visit Solomons Island, along with other wineries in the state of Maryland. The journeys to scenic countrysides which include going through and small towns, is just as exciting as the destination. I know right!
Finally, here is a history lesson and a laundry list of events there’ll be visible at for the rest of the year.
Their website is under construction, but hopefully it’ll still be easy to navigate through.
Looks like I’ll have one more from Great Grapes next week and see where I go from here.
Thanks so much.