What To Drink Right Now: A Bunch of Things I Said I Wouldn't Drink!
In the spirit of open-mindedness, this weekend I revisited a few drink-styles I wasn't initially enamored with--and I'm glad I did!
Let’s start with canned wine. I have had a couple of good canned wines in the past, but most were disappointing. Happily, I had three this weekend that are absolutely worth throwing in your backpack or cooler. Just make sure they’re well chilled and don’t drink them from the can. Pour them into a cup. If your sense of smell is particularly sensitive inhaling any aroma from the can itself might leave you believing there is a tinny quality to the wine. Pouring them into a cup eliminates that issue.
Tangent Rosé 2016. This is a deliciously fresh, fruity, though still dry, California rosé. Definitely my favorite canned rosé. Very easy drinking, but still an adult rosé wine at about $7 a can.
Tiamo Rosé. An organic canned wine, for those who might choose organic wines because of lower sulfites. Quick note, to be certified organic, a wine must have under a certain number of sulfites in it, so if you believe you are sensitive to sulfites it’s worth it to give organic wines a try. This lively, youthful, Italian rosé has some carbonation and though dry, leans a bit sweeter than the Tangent Rosé. This wine should be a big hit with a younger crowd at about $5 a can.
Tiamo Pinot Grigio. Also, certified organic from Italy, and also with some carbonation, this is a wonderfully fun Pinot grigio full of peach and honeysuckle notes also at around $5 a can.
Next up a cider. I have to say, I’m ordinarily not a big hard cider fan. But Strongbow Rosé Apple Cider converted me. This is a semi-dry, hard apple cider, crafted into a lovely rosé. And though, admittedly, cider isn’t something I usually love, I do love rosé and this cider-rosé is completely yummy. Packaged in bottles, and sold in six packs, it’s another easy grab-and-go option for the summer, and at about $10 for a six-pack, it's an economical choice too.
While I don’t drink only whites and rosés in the summer, I mostly steer clear of fuller bodied reds in the heat. I recently made an exception with Double Lariat Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, and I’m glad I did. Rich, rustic and robust. I’m calling this the John Wayne of Cabernet. It's a wonderful blend of toasted oak, and red fruit, notably raspberry. This is the perfect wine to stand up to a barbequed steak. The average price is about $40, but as low as $30 depending on where you shop. Double Lariat Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Jamieson Ranch Vineyard in California.