What We're Drinking Lately
Yes, it definitely deserved its own category. Earlier this year I did a "What We're Watching Lately" post, because my fiance and I love to relax with a great movie or a good show...and a drink. As I was thinking about adding a new post about what we're watching this fall, I thought I should really do a similar post on all of the wine and beer we try. I find myself having more than enough other things to cover in the weekly snapshots post, that why not devote an entire column to what we're drinking?
So what have we been drinking lately? Well of course some pumpkin beer. This year was my first time to try the Leinenkugel's Harvest Patch Shandy, and I love it! I still want to try the new Sam Adam's pumpkin beer, but I definitely like this one better than any other harvest spice kind of beer that I've tried so far. They tend to have pumpkin spices but not a ton of pumpkin flavor, while this Leinenkugel's has the perfect amount of both. Though I do imagine the new 20 Pounds of Pumpkin by Sam Adams has plenty of pumpkin flavor as well.
Our favorite this week was by far from Sparks Vineyard and Winery. It's a local Oklahoma wine that we tasted recently at the fair and just had to track it down in stores. It's sold locally in Oklahoma and apparently is already a favorite among several of my local followers on Instagram. Ken and I will have to venture down to the vineyard sometime for a tasting!
At the fair I tried their cranberry wine. It doesn't come chilled if you get it at the liquor store, but I highly suggest you chill the cranberry one. It was how they served it at the fair tasting, and it was amazing. It tasted like a sparkling cranberry drink with a touch of alcohol. Perfect for a holiday dinner!
The one we tried at home was the kind my fiance had sampled - the Merlin Sweet Table Wine. It was somewhat similar to a red blend in that it had some body to it, yet it was also very smooth, and just the right amount of sweet...so essentially a semi-sweet red wine. It's actually quite versatile in that you could have it with dinner if you prefer a sweet wine, but it was definitely sweet enough to be an after-dinner wine as well. I wouldn't pair it with dessert though. I'd have it with fruit like strawberries or raspberries...or all on its own.
The other local wine we tasted at the fair was Whispering Vines. It was okay. We both tried the Pinot Noir, and it was very smooth, but it also lacked flavor, I thought. It was alright for a sample, but honestly, I don't think we'll be tracking it down anytime soon. Have any of my Tulsa readers had any luck with other varieties by Whispering Vines?
We like beer just as much as we like wine, and I am so thankful for a fiance who likes to try new kinds and who likes imported beer. We've had quite a bit of luck with British beers whenever we're in the mood for something with a lot of flavor. We'd yet to try any Spanish beers, however. This Estrella Damm Mediterranean beer was amazing. I told Ken that it reminded me of a very full-flavored Irish beer I used to drink (called Motor Oil), yet it was also very smooth and light-tasting despite the bold flavor. We'll definitely be getting that one again.
I hope you're having a great week so far. And let us know, what have you been drinking lately?