9:36:06 PM: I saw in the liquor store for the first time tonight. To be honest, usually I can’t stand local berry ‘wines’, but this one looked different.
9:37:06 PM: I try to think of my stupid old carbon footprint when I’m drinking and eating, so this bottle presented a great opportunity.
9:38:06 PM: Black crowberry, sez the back of the bottle, “is considered to be similar in taste to a red grape wine.” Not reassuring, but worth a shot?
9:41:11 PM: Black crowberries grow wild in Newfoundland! It’s local, so it can’t be THAT bad. #famouslastwords
9:44:58 PM: BTW: Black crowberries are the ones that grow close to blueberries that look like this:
9:46:34 PM: The .1 in the 12.1% is a little weird.
9:50:37 PM: Just so you know I’m totally serious about this review:
9:53:26 PM: Good news: It has a cork. Bad news: I don’t have a corkscrew.
9:59:09 PM: “I’m here to, uh, screw your cork,” said the Swiss Army Knife.
10:01:03 PM: All right! I wish you could have heard that cork pop! I think I dislocated my shoulder too!
10:04:34 PM: Hmm.. strong berry aroma, but vaguely red wine-like. Smells vaguely of old juice. #bouquet
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10:04:46 PM: @thisisordinary I’ll drink to that.
10:07:42 PM: I’m not drinking alone! I’m Tweeting a wine review. This is for public good. #lies
10:10:20 PM: First sip makes me want to kick my leg out straight… Second sip tastes like watered down cranberry juice… Not bad, but not red wine.
10:16:11 PM: Transparent! And kind of pink:
10:19:48 PM: The aftertaste is a bit rhubarby.
10:21:05 PM: I’m realizing I have no idea how to describe wine. Off to the Sensory User’s Manual!: http://www.winepros.org/wine101/sensory_guide.htm
10:22:35 PM: Okay… Taste: Sweet. But perhaps I am “taste blind” says the Sensory User’s Manual (SUM)
10:25:22 PM: The feeling in the mouth (Follow the SUM!) is full! Not many tannins, I don’t think. There’s some acids goin’ on.
10:26:15 PM: It’s pretty awesome, for a wine that isn’t a wine at all.
10:28:29 PM: Okay, so… Aroma: Not so hot. Smells pretty strongly of fermented berries and only vaguely of a red wine-like thing.
10:31:31 PM: Taste: Good. I’m no Pierre Brejoux (hon-hon-hon), but this wine and my tongue got along. It was acidic, but quite wine-like.
10:32:56 PM: Feeling: Full. Ooo.. it’s getting easier to drink now.
10:35:17 PM: So! Auk Island Winery’s “Black Crow,” made from 100% local, wild black crowberries, is actually pretty good, and I’d recommend it. 13 bux++
10:39:22 PM: A good alt to red wine, with a small carbon footprint, & made of wild berries (< pesticides). I give it an E for effort and an A- overall.
What are some local wines you’ve tried? What was your experience? Leave a comment below.