The beautiful city of St. Petersburg, FL has my heart. And I knew it before I even arrived. I had no plans or any intentions of doing anything touristy, or anything specific. That’s not my style.
Celebrating Summer is my style. Happy First Day of Summer to YOU!
I just go in with the idea that I’m going to enjoy myself the best that I can, and let everything else fall into place and come to me, and to find me. In many ways I succeeded, and in a few others maybe the experiences didn’t feel organic. If you’re self aware, you know the difference.
This is where I’m torn about Try Wine, which is a concept I’ve been a part of in two other cities, and presented in two other posts. One with great success, and one that has since moved on.
The microchip and sample combination is something that can work in the right setting, the right location, and most importantly with the right people.
On this night, it was quiet, and that is exactly what I was looking for. But something in the atmosphere felt rushed. My friends and I got there with under an hour to spare, so there was plenty of time to sample a plentiful amount of wines. But somewhere along the way I just wanted a glass or two.
I want to thank Kristen who was my guide to where the various varietals and explained the process and price breakdowns, because if you don’t pay attention you will get a small pour that may cost more than a glass in most places. I’ve made that mistake before.
There’s no need to get into every wine I tried, as that would be boring. But I will mention one that stuck out and its counterpart.
The Red Blend (tasting notes can be found here) from Conundrum Wines has an aura about it. The flavors linger long after each sip. There’s your dark fruits and berries, but the true stand out is the cocoa and the chocolate. And it doesn’t appear right away. It shows up right near the end to enhance a wine that maybe didn’t need any more enhancing, but that’s what makes this what it is.
There’s wines we drink that are good, maybe even great, and then we forget about them. I’m not sure overall how I’m feeling about this wine. It’s great and it’s still on my mind that I’m writing about it. But there was something else about this I can’t put my finger on. I just wish I had more time to appreciate it. Maybe that’s what’s bothering me. The experience felt rush and partly my own doing.
The White Blend (notes can be found here) on the other hand needed a few minutes. And it’s funny for me to say that I wine coming from a tap needed a few minutes to breathe. But it needed a few minutes to breathe. This is a summer wine in all areas. I tasted summer fruits but not sure what exactly. The notes describe honeysuckle and coconut on the nose. I wish I could say I got a helping of both. Maybe a little more of the former but that’s about it. This is more of a white to enjoy and not over analyze too much. And the same goes for most, if not all, wines. I would go out of my way to find the rest. The white is something many would love, but it would take more time to grow on me.
Both are with a retail price of $20 and up, so they carry some weight but might be outside of what I would pay for either.
I do wish in hindsight that I had some food to pair with either of these pours. I might have a different appreciation for the wines and for the experience in general.
There will a future engagement with hopefully more time to appreciate what’s going on. Along with that, they are moving to bigger location. They’ve outgrown where they are now and are moving up the street. I look forward to visiting them in their new home when I’m back. And I will be back. And soon.
For more on their current list of wines click here, their food menu, and their list of events.
Here’s more on Conundrum Wines, where to purchase online, and where you can find their wines near you.
This is going to be a great Summer and I look forward to more exciting wines, and a return visit to Try Wine’s new location soon.
Thanks so much.
2 thoughts on “Enjoy, and Repeat”
I love this kind of wine tasting shop. There’s a great one in NOLA called WINO-Wine Institute of New Orleans. They serve cheese platters and some other light fare to go with your pours.