Sweet Wine Sunday

*** I received this wine as a sample. ***

Angove Family Winemakers cap Sunday, January 26 was a quiet day in the A Glass After Work household.  Hubby and I were both still recovering from Saturday’s long run.  Not to mention that it was freezing outside, and the condo was just too warm and comfortable to leave.   So, I spent the day editing photos from Italy, baking oatmeal raisin cookies for my coworkers, blogging, and just lounging around.

Hubby is taking a Coursera course for fun, so he spent Sunday working on his first paper.  We often eat one larger meal in the late afternoon on Sundays, so once I finished baking in the kitchen, he pulled together a big (well, big for two people) Sunday dinner—baked ham and garlic mashed potatoes.  In the grand scheme, it wasn’t a very exciting day, but it was relaxing and perfect.

2012 Nine Vines Moscato

2012 Nine Vines Moscato

The 2012 Nine Vines Moscato (winery) is from South Eastern Australia and is made with 100% Moscato grapes.  The wine was a very pale, greenish yellow color.  On the nose, there were apricots, pineapples, and passion fruit.  In the mouth, there was passion fruit sorbet, lemon Italian ice, pineapple, and apricots.  The wine had a light-to-medium body, good acidity, and a bit of sweetness.

Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely!  If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed.  At an SRP of $10, this wine has an amazing quality/price ratio.  It’s sweet without being syrupy, and the acidity is bright without being shocking or overpowering.  If you’re a sweeter wine lover, this is definitely a wine worth checking out.  And, if sweeter white wines aren’t your style, you should try it anyway because I think the balance of acidity and flavors makes it enjoyable for even the most skeptical-of-sweeter-wine drinkers.  Unfortunately, though, for all of you non-USA readers, this wine is only available in the US.

All in all, not only will this wine be refreshing on a hot summer night or make a good picnic wine, but also it will pair perfectly with a salty, warm winter meal.  I couldn’t have picked a better pairing for this wine then the Hubby’s baked ham and garlic mashed potatoes.  The acidity in the wine cut through the heaviness of the ham in a way that helped highlight the flavor of the meal without enhancing the saltiness.  It also helped keep my palate fresh, which allowed me to enjoy the wine itself while still keeping every bite flavorful.

Question of the Day: Do you do big Sunday night dinners or are they just another night in your house?

Suggested Retail Price: $10
Received as a sample.
Overall: 4 Corks

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