I don't have a very sophisticated palete when it comes to wine. I was in the mood for some Port, and my local store had this on sale. Although the label says, "rich with flavors of caramel", I detect a distinct hint of Welch's Grape Juice. I actually like it enough to get another bottle to stash away. Not for a true oenophile though.
When I was young, my parents would sometimes give us Seven Up with a splash of Mogan David. We loved it and none of us grew up to be alcoholics. I developed a distinct preference for sweet wines; Eiswein, Rhines, Fruit Wines, etc. Missouri used to be one of the foremost producers of wine in the states, behind California and New York. Missouri grape rootstocks saved the French wine industry. Missouri wines tend to be rather sweet.
I once had a 35 year old bottle of Portuguese Port, valued at over $350. When I was doing archaeology in Portugal, I bought the most expensive bottle of Port I could find and afford (only $20 at the time) and put it away for a "Special Occasion". That Special Occasion never came until I was moving from California and didn't want to take it with me. So my daughter's mom and I decided to open the bottle; it really was quite good, but I certainly would not have paid $350 for it. We only drank about half of the bottle then, and I'm not sure what happened to the rest of it. She might have used it in her Fruitcake this year, when she was cleaning out her liquor cabinet, getting ready for a move herself.
It's frigid outside, perfect Port weather. I think I'll have a little sip. Yup, first impression you get is Welch's Grape Juice, then you get that more mellow porty flavor as you continue sipping. After a while you don't notice the Welch's at all. Too early in the day for more than a few sips.
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