Monthly Archives: August 2014

Summer Splash Wine Mojito Cocktail (5 out of 5)

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It has become the summer of discontent relating to my friendly beverages. I simply cannot drink like I once did. I’m not sure if it’s age catching up with me, my digestive issues, or age catching up with me. I cannot slam those deliciously heady red wines like I used to, and I shudder to think what would happen if I have an Alabama Slammer anytime soon.  Aldi’s strange hybrid wine mixtures haven’t been a home run in the park this summer either, so I approached this one with trepidation. However, this one had something the others did not- lime. Delicious, sexy lime. I have, yes, taken to dancing cheek-to-cheek with limes in my kitchen recently. My mother probably rolled over in her grave the other day, when I tried a margarita. That’s right, Ms. I hate tequila because it doesn’t agree with me (in this case, it did. huh). Anyhow, something about this bottle got my attention. I read the label and saw 14% alcohol content. That convinced me, I had to try. Limes AND a higher alcohol content, seeing this is a “blend”? Oh yeah, bring it on.

This sucker retails for $4.99 a bottle. I will mourn it when it’s gone. I know it’s only a temporary thing because Aldi changes its wines like I read books. Mojito, for those who are unaware, are made with lime, rum, and mint. Rum. My other enemy. Well, I’m going down with the ship and hoping I don’t sink like the Titanic. This is indeed a bit strong, but not overwhelmingly. It’s not like trying to make a gin and tonic and the smell of the gin makes you think of shoe polish. It’s got a very pleasant flavor, not too much mint or too much lime. It’s also NOT overly sweet. I drank glass one with crushed ice. And sat in front of the air conditioning vent (Hot flashes. Judge me. I dare you). While listening to Guns N’ Roses Lies. All in all, a worthwhile experience. It’s a very light mojito cocktail. Very smooth. So much that when you drink the first one In record time and get up too fast, well, you’re going to notice a change.

Again, not too much can I tell you how much I enjoy this. If I can figure out a way, I’m going to stock up on it. I advise you to do the same. Definitely worth the experience!                         

 

 

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Moiselle Crisp White Wine (2 out of 5)

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This is precisely the kind of wine I would liked to have tried, in say, June. It’s now August, the hazy, lazy dog days of summer are upon us, and there’s nothing my drinking demon wants more than some delicious, ice cold gluten free beer. Yes, gluten free beer. Not usually the stuff dreams are made of, and never mine…but lately, there’s nothing I would rather try more than some of that deliciousness. Wine has not been in my veins in awhile. However, this suddenly appeared last week, and since it was on sale and featured, and I wanted something light, I tried it.

What did I love? The bottle. I loved the other Moiselle’s I have tried. I’m not usually a fan of white, because the evil known as chardonnay is often lurking, and there’s nothing I would rather not be doing than puking up whatever wine I am supposed to be enjoying. This was not a bad blend, it’s just too damn sweet for my liking. And there’s a large amount of what tastes like apricot. There’s nothing I hate as much as apricot. I think due to the lemony, sunshine glow of the bottle, I was hoping for some sort of lemony wine. No dice, twice. There’s a lot of some undefined citrus that smacked of grapefruit, which is another enemy of mine, and perhaps some mango liquor. All in all, as I said, I’ve had worse. I tasted a good deal of apple, which, when chilled, actually overtook some of the weird citrus flavors and balanced out this weirdness a bit more. It’s still too sweet. My fucking teeth were killing me for hours after I had that one glass. One glass.

I would say if you dig Riesling, this is your new best friend. At $3.99 a bottle, even more so. I suspect D will be the one who inherits what’s left of this bottle. If you like sweet wine, you’re in for a treat. If you don’t like sweet, you’re in for defeat. I have had worse, but I’ve also had far, far better. Retails at Aldi normally for $4.99, but retailing for $3.99 at present. It is an Aldi exclusive, so if you don’t frequent Aldi, you’re out of luck. Or in this case, you find a better white.