I deducted three points for the useless and irritating plastic covering poured over the cork that shatters sharp shards of black plastic all over your kitchen when you try to remove the cork. Send a message to the producers: do not buy this wine! (Now I have got that off my chest and vacuumed the plastic off my floor…) The wine is the color of dark smoked salmon and has a robust nose of strawberry, pineapple and peach. Full bodied for a rosé, it is slightly sweet, tasting of more strawberries, raspberries and mandarin orange with good acidity. Drink up.
Pale gold. Strong nose of Diesel/jet fuel over flowers, lime and orange. Light-bodied with high acidity and lots of fruit including apple, pineapple and lime. Drink now.
Light straw in colour. A lightly toasty, spicy nose with a note of the forest floor. Medium- to full-bodied, dry, richly extracted apple and melon flavours rounded out with oak. Well-balanced and long on finish.
Medium-deep gold. Faint nose of apple, a whiff of sauerkraut, caramel from the oak. Medium-bodied, slightly sweet, tastes a bit like a slightly diluted fruit cocktail. Tree-huggers beware: oak was not spared in the making of this wine. Drink up.
Your classic oaky California Chardonnay. Deep gold. Medium nose with lots of fruit: papaya, pineapple, apricot, pear, and vanilla from the oak. Full body with more oak on the palate, a bit of grapefruit bitterness and good acidity offsetting the sweet apricot nectar, apple and pineapple flavours. Best served not too cold to those who like their wines a bit over the top. Did I mention the oak? Drink up.
This beer is all about the haze, pouring a juicy fluorescent orange with a mousse- and latte-like foam. The sip starts off with papaya and guava moving to pineapple and a seedy passion fruit centre. A low but persistent orange-rind bitterness balances the sip. This hazy brew is tough to find — you can only buy it at some wine and beer stores in Illinois, but it is worth the hunt as it won gold at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival for Hazy, Juicy IPAs.