Sunday, April 10, 2005

Gift Review: San Sebastian Vintners Red (billy)

vintage not available.
slightly yeasty on opening
good deep red color
very intense strawberries and cherries accost my nose.

I take a sip – who! Watch out. Is this strawberry syrup or wine? It was a gift for my birthday from a dear friend who (presumably) had not tasted it before. This is a wine from a small Vineyard in St. Augustine, Florida. I guess we know now why Florida exports Oranges and not wine.

I poured a taste for my wife who aptly remarked that it reminded her of her college days and drinking Koolaid and Everclear. I think “atomic koolaid” would be nicer (and certainly less pretentious) than this bottle.

Maybe I'll let it breathe for a bit, just to see what happens.

Later – the breathing really opens up the Koolaid flavors. I taste Wild Raspberry and Super Strawberry in there.

Seriously, this wine is likely a tourist trap wine. It is made for buying relatives to remind them that they were not where you were and probably didn't have as good of a time as you did – but definitely not for drinking. (except maybe through a “beer bong”)

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

i'm in st. augustine, fl where the wine is made. i'll tell you right now that that winery has over 250 medals, and might i remind you that this was america's first wine.
because if the muscadine grapes, jst like the people coming over made it. so the wine you're tasting is what ponce de leon tasted.

Pat said...

We just returned from St. Augustine and visited the San Sebastian winery. What we discovered there were some of the most delicious wines we have ever tasted!! Absolutely wonderful!!

Kerns said...

I could understand your shocking experience in tasting this wine with out any forwarning or explanation of what it is. Personally, it offends me a little bit that you would slam something that I feel, and many others feel for the matter, is a great wine. In fact I am enjoying a bottle right now. You should look up some info on the muscadine grape that is indiginous to the Southeast. Whoever gave this bottle to you as a gift should have prepared you for its 5% residual sugar content. When you expecting that sweetness you are able to experience the subtle flavors going on in the bottle. Definately not a tourist trap wine, if you want that try some orange-wine....or if you don't want to...just let your tropicana spoil in the fridge for a few weeks...that swill tastes just the same. If you ever try the Vintner's Red again...try it chilled, it is the way it is intended to be enjoyed, it does supress the sweetness. Also try it as an apertif, or with dessert. The winery also makes white wines, and a couple great dry wines from other varietals of the muscadine grape....you can find them on the internet.

Anonymous said...

uh yeah...im with you billy. i just got a case of various varietals from this "vineyard" for a wedding gift. first test was the vinters red you spoke of and well im now on the internet to see if i can make a decent sangria with this stuff. i remember taking a wine tour at their clermont location in college. it is the same wine, i just have different tastes.

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hdofu said...

Personally I love that wine, it isn't dry or bitter but who said all wine has has to taste to that extreme? If you don't like sweet wine, don't drink it

Anonymous said...

This guy is nuts. I love this wine and I myself am about to have a glass.

PB said...

This (PB) of the Wince cask Blog--"Senior Tasteman" with more experience than probably most of you commenting have been alive. I have tasted this particular wine and it is absolute plonk. It has nothing to do with it being a sweet wine; I love well made sweet wines; this is NOT a well made wine and was suitable only to pouring it down the drain which I promptly did. There are objective aspects of wine evaluation irrespective of preference. I have to be a little suspect by the over-the-top comments defending this wine. I do wonder what their origins might be...

Anonymous said...

My family and I visit St Augustine every year, and I always look forward to picking up a bottle. I was surprised to see such a vehement response to it. To each their own I guess, but your response does come off a little over the top. For the rest of us, we'll continue to enjoy it, and I think I'll pass on this blog in the future.