Archive | November, 2014

Henscrach Farms Country Raspberry

27 Nov

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Henscrach Farms in Lake Placid, Fla. is my favorite vineyard i’ve been to yet simply for the reason it also has animals, specifically chickens. It has over 200 free range Rhode Island Red and Plymouth Barred Rocks chickens, a goose, a huge pig, koi fish, and some muscadine and scuppernong grape trees and blueberry bushes. They show you where they make the wine on-site, and have an adorable country store with a wine tasting of 3 different wines for $1.

The type of wine they have rotates with the growing season. I brought home a bottle of Country Raspberry that is made with all raspberries and no grapes, if I remember correctly. I think it was about $12-15. It’s a fairly sweet wine that basically tastes like raspberry juice, and the best part is the bubbles. All the wines I tasted were nice; they also had a blueberry wine as IMG_4751well as a wine with port that had a high ABV but didn’t taste like it did, if that makes sense.

If you’re ever in Lake Placid, this place is worth the stop. They also sold eggs from the chickens, homemade jams and jellies, and adorable wine and kitchen accessories.

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Manischewitz Cream Peach

27 Nov

IMG_5051My mom brought home a bottle of Manichewitz Cream Peach from ABC Liqour the other day when she was getting supplies to make this delicious chocolate pie. We opened it on shabbat and it was awesome. It tasted like cream soda. For under $10 at 10 ABV, it’s a nice, light fruity wine made with peach juice. If you like sparkling soda you will enjoy this wine.

SledgeHammer Zinfandel 2011

13 Nov

“Wine for men who never whine,” is the slogan on the home page of SledgeHammer Wine’s website. I IMG_4979finally opened a bottle of 2011 Zinfandel my grandparents sent back with my dad on a recent trip he returned from. It did not last very long; it was crazy good. It’s different than most of the wines i’ve been having lately, but in a good way. It was very bold, the flavors were crisp, and I love that the tannins were low and not harsh at all. It had a definite hint of vanilla in both the smell and taste. At 14.5% ABV it was a well rounded wine. I’m not sure how much it costs since it was a gift, but I will keep an eye out at the grocery store. If you’re looking for some flavor and spice, I would recommend you pick up a bottle.