Well ordinarily I wouldn’t dig fruitier and sweeter wines. But that’s always been the point of this journey. I like getting out of my comfort zone as much as possible. Essentially every wine is at least worth a try.
Not that long ago I would embrace sweet wines, because they’re accessible and endearing to so many. It would be perfect and most likely affordable to bring to holiday parties, birthdays, and any gathering where not everyone enjoys wine. But they would enjoy the sweet and tart varietals. So it was a win win for everyone.
As time went by it felt more like a loss. I enjoyed the dryer reds and then started to appreciate the whites. That much has remained the same. But I’m no wine snob nor do I ever intend to be. But the sugary content in the sweets began to give me a headache and became a chore to drink than anything else. That’s not the point of this thing. Wine is meant to be enjoyed. And no time rings truer than the holidays. Yet it’s with great pleasure that I say that the Cranberry Wine from St. James Winery is a winner.
What’s not to like? Look at that color. It looks deceivingly like cranberry juice and not much else. If you poured me a glass and didn’t tell me otherwise, I wouldn’t know the difference. Only until sipping do you begin to realize that this is anything but just juice. You want to take your time with this one or it’ll creep up on you.
I love the tasting notes. It literally is all cranberry all the time. Cranberry acidity with a cranberry finish is what’s written. Can you get more approachable and simplistic than that? And around this time of year, with all the frenzy of running around like a fool shopping, errands, and looking for just a few minutes to relax, this is the kind of wine and synopsis you want.
This wine is so good I’ve gladly decided to give them buy a few and give them as gifts to people. My hunch is the people I’ve purchased for may not be reading this blog. So I hope I haven’t spoiled anything haha.
But I did bring it to my traditional gathering of dear friends. We exchanged gifts, ate food a little too fast (or maybe that was just me), and sipped on this wine ever-so-slowly.
What’s funny is I think I only had one glass. That is more due to the fact I was appreciating what I was drinking. There’s nothing especially life-changing or monumental about this wine on the surface. But if you’re enjoying this glass with the people you care about this much, then it will take on a life of its own. And that’s how every wine and every experience should be, and is capable of being. The charm of that label helps too.
With this wine, you can also be creative, and make your favorite festive cocktails.
Short and sweet, to the point, and happy holidays.
And to everyone else in the states and locally, here’s the link to search for it at a retailer near you.
I wish you a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all the joy that it’ll bring you.
Happy Happy and Merry Merry,