Many of you know I love bold red wines but in the same vain, I’m adventurous and love trying new wines. So when Oliver Winery offered to send me a bottle of their limited release Oliver Apple Pie wine, I’ll admit I was bit curious.
Let me start by saying, I don’t generally like sweet wines unless it’s an after-dinner Vin Santo with a biscotti. So I was skeptical to say the least. But my picky-palate husband was out of town so I thought I’d give it a try.
I actually drank it a little closer to room temperature than you’d normally chill a sweet wine and I think it suited my palate better. Like a Prosecco, it was actually a refreshing first course wine. Despite the weather still being so warm in Southern California, it did evoke those nostalgic fall flavors of apples (sorry pumpkin spice) with hints of vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg.
It’s not a wine I could see drinking on a regular basis, but I could see sitting around a fire having a glass of chilled apple wine, or better yet, I bet it would be awesome over vanilla ice cream. In fact, Chris Hibbert, VP of sales at Oliver Winery actually described it as “apple pie a la mode in a bottle”. I have one bottle left and I’m tempted to try it as a mulled wine when the weather gets cooler.
If you’re planning a fall holiday gathering, it’s a great conversation starter, especially at only $8 a bottle. Serve it as a starter and a dessert! But Oliver Winery Apple Pie Wine is only available for a brief period in a few states. Check it out at oliverwinery.com.