Rural hubby has a new hobby of late, which I can only pin on myself for starting as I’ve begun to drag him from winery to winery in Kentucky- a quest for the “best” Blackberry Wine.
Hubby grew up eating wild blackberries (and for those of you who are city folk, there’s a substantial difference between the plush blackberries you find in the supermarket and the ones that grow wild on vines buried in the marsh of our back pasture) so while he likes “sweeter” wines, he’s looking for that tang. The bite that comes from a sun-ripened Kentucky native blackberry fresh off the morning vine.
This is no easy task, by the way, on a frugal budget as we are looking for the best “cheap” Blackberry Wine… which may eventually evolve to taking a stab at homemade wine.
Our first taste- that led to this fun quest- was at Talon Winery (Shelbyville, KY) Talon produces 100% Kentucky wine using only Kentucky Oak barrels, but we found out they import their blackberries from other US states. I’ll forgive them this a) because we Kentuckians are not apt to part from our precious wild blackberries and b) their Talon Blackberry Wine is wicked-good.
I rather enjoy the hearty blackberry goodness of the Talon Blackberry wine, but though it has tang, it’s still a little sweet for my Merlot-loving taste buds. A great dessert wine. Hubby, however, is hooked on this one.
Next up, we found our next sampling at Simmons Winery (Columbus, IN.) Their Simmons Blackberry Wine is a sweet table wine with kick. Great blackberry flavor with no stick-sweet aftertaste, this is a easy-on-your-palette wine that could easily be enjoyed with a meal or double as a mellow dessert wine.
Again, Simmons Blackberry Wine is made from imported blackberries, but our wine attendant suggested that Simmons has been considering growing their own blackberries in the future (making a note of that!)
We stumbled on our next try at a local store, Purple Toad Lauren’s Blackberry Wine (Paducah, KY,) and of course, had to buy this one just because of the interesting name of the winery and the very cool frog on the label.
Made with Kentucky blackberries (hurray- someone spared some for this nummy wine!) Purple Toad Lauren’s Blackberry Wine has all the bite you’d expect from Kentucky blackberries, and not as much sweetness as we found in the other wine. We found this wine to be best served chilled. At room temperature the “bite” is near bitter, when chilled it’s a very pleasing, smooth table wine.
The funny thing is, though, that Talon Blackberry Wine remains on the #1 spot of hubby’s Blackberry Wine list so far. I guess there’s just something about the first…
Stay tuned for our further Blackberry Wine adventures. If you have one to recommend, please do, we’ll add it to our “to try” list.