Spring is at last upon us. Just last week we were experiencing a cold, soggy front from California, but now (this weekend, at least), the sun is shining with a welcoming warmth. So the question is, what wine would be a great accompaniment to the balmy breezes?
Usually when people say "wine" they instantly think of the fermented and filtered juice of a grape; this week, we'll be looking at a wine made from strawberries and rhubarb. St. Kathryn Cellars Strawberry Rhubarb wine ($13.99) from our very own Palisade, Colorado is a step away from conventional wine, but boy, is it ever tasty. These fruit wines are blended, and this bottle consists primarily of rhubarb wine (75%) and strawberry wine (25%). Don't let that fool you, though - the strawberry essense is forefront in this beverage. Soft apricot in color, the nose shows strawberries, parsley, and mineral notes, while the palate is a crisp mix of strawberries, cream, and fruit cobbler with just the right amount of sweet and tart; the balance is fantastically down the middle. It's not a sticky sweetness, similar to the flavor of a strawberry rhubarb pie. The aftertaste is a long strawberry finish that's not overpowering. Enjoy with a cheese platter of fresh fruit.
If you see this bottle of rosy goodness, don't hesitate to pick it up for yourself. It's a twist on a millennia-old beverage, and it's a sure-fire winner. Unconventional, but a winner, none the less.