New Thing #271: Relax Riesling



I’m not really a riesling kind of guy, but after a pretty intense day at work the label on this sucker convinced me I should try it out. 

Relax Riesling is, well, a riesling. Since I normally shy away from the sweet wines, I can’t say that my palette is very discerning up around the four mark. Everything just ends up tasting like sugar to me and I can’t pull out much else. 

If I had to guess, I’d say this wine was fine if you like that sort of thing. It’s affordable and I love the blue bottle because it reminds me of Romulan Ale

Wow, I almost got through that entire post without saying anything geeky.


New Thing #198: Sledgehammer Zinfandel



I may be a bit of a coffee snob, but when it comes to wine I’m not as well versed in the tasting of it as I’d like to be (sorry Marcus). I like to think that I can appreciate an exceptional wine over a mediocre one, but I wouldn’t really be able to tell you why. 

I also, occasionally, choose a wine based soley on the label. Hey, I’m an graphic designer by trade, so indulge me on this one. So that’s how I found myself with a bottle of Sledgehammer Zinfandel in my hand at the LCBO today.

And no, it’s not an exceptional bottle of wine, but it’s not bad either. With a name like Sledgehammer I excpected a very rich, very bold flavour. I wanted it to knock me on my ass. Instead everything’s muddled together with a bit of a spicy finish. More like getting hit on the head with a paper towel roll than a Sledgehammer.

But, hey, what do I know, maybe that’s what a Zinfandel is supposed to taste like.

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