So here goes....
I am not a wine connoisseur. No, far from it.
VERY far from it.
I was nurtured by sweet Concord grape wine (Manischewitz, to be exact), and, in my early adulthood back in the 1970's, enjoyed the
But, I don't put Manischewitz down at all. It was a local wine (Brooklyn) when I was growing up in the Bronx, and it is an upstate New York wine now, being made in Naples, New York. And, although they have a lot more variety in their wine output now, you can still buy a bottle of that sweet Manischewitz Concord grape wine goodness.
So, when I saw this bottle in a newly opened wine and liquor store near my home, I was intrigued. "Unabashedly unsophisticated?" That's me, exactly, when it comes to wine. Perhaps I should be a little ashamed to admit it, but my wine palate has never progressed from where it started out at age...um, 18, which was the legal drinking age when I turned 18.
I would never have imagined wine and chocolate in the same sentence, except to say "bleechhh". I was to a wine tasting once where they "paired" chocolate and wine, and, I'm sorry to say, it was awful. (Of course, "awful" to me may mean something different to a wine connoisseur).
But who could resist the face on the bottle?
I looked Chocolate Lab wine up online. Yes, it is a New York State (Seneca Lake) wine. Yes, it is made from sweet concord grapes (the "lush native grapes" of the label) and natural chocolate favor. Two years ago, I did not find anything like this at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, but maybe they didn't waste Chocolate Lab on the masses. (or maybe, it wasn't being made yet.)
Apparently, there are those who like this as a dessert wine. There was even one review that likened it to "drinking a Tootsie Roll". So, this is what I did.
I bought a bottle.
I'm going to have it on Valentine's Day if I am permitted. (Hopefully, I'll be far enough recovered from my dental surgery to indulge, but I am on antibiotics - so I may have to wait a day or so.)
And then, I am going to tell you, my blog readers, what I thought.
My first wine review! (run, run as fast as you can....)
Have you had chocolate flavored wine before? Or a wine named after a dog?