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Apothic Wines are an affordable, delicious wine that blends several different grape varietals into ONE for your drinking pleasure. Red blends are my first choice when choosing a wine and Apothic Wines has several red blends that won’t break the bank when I need something delectable to drink after a long day at work. Apothic Wines are located in Modesto California and not only offer red blends but a White blend and a Rose. We found these wines at our local grocery stores here in Northern Michigan and they range in price from $10.00 to $13.00 and can be found on sale for as low as $9.00 in some stores. Since starting this Blog I’ve been wanting to do wine reviews on wines I enjoy drinking so you, my Chill Out Reader, will learn about wines that are new to your wine palate.
Tasting Three Apothic Red Wines
The BF (who loves wine as much as me)and I decided to do a taste test of the 3 red blends Apothic offers and decide which one we liked the best or maybe we liked them equally.
To start we broke out our wine glasses so we could properly taste our wine. In one of my previous posts”Should You Absolutely Only Drink Wine In a Glass ?” I determined to really taste a wine you have just discovered or you are doing a taste test you need the proper wine glass. For reds, you should have a larger bowled glass for your taste test.
We started with Apothic Red (2015) which has a 13.1% alcohol content. According to the company website, “Apothic Red is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.” It states it has hints of vanilla, black cherry, and mocha. We hadn’t drunk Apothic Red in awhile so we were curious as to how we would enjoy the taste.
We poured ourselves each a glass about 1/3 of the way up and using the Five Simple Steps of Wine Tasting (See, Swirl, Smell, Sip, Savor) proceeded to taste our first wine.
See: The color is dark red and purple
Swirl: This is important to do because it helps release the aromas of the wine which leads to…
Smell/Sniff: I smelled a sweet, bouquet of berries. Remember it takes time to come up with better descriptive words. I’m still learning myself how to describe what I smell and taste.
Sip/Swish: My first favorite part. Let the wine swish or swirl around in your mouth around your tongue. Pinpoint what flavors come to your mind? For me, it was fruity or berry with a bit of a bite at the end.
Savor/Swallow: Second Favorite part. I swallowed the wine and observed a short finish. The taste didn’t linger in my mouth. The BF(who I love dearly) is a man of little words wasn’t impressed with Apothic Red.
Five Simple Steps of Wine Tasting
Apothic Dark was up (2015) with a 14% alcohol content. The bottle doesn’t list what wines they are using for the blend, nor does the website. It does states “Apothic Dark has tastes of blueberry, blackberry, coffee and dark chocolate.”
Sounds Good To Me!
See: Very deep, dark purple coloring in the glass
Swirl: Let those aromas release. Hold your glass by the stem when swirling not the bowl.
Smell/Sniff: Rich, blueberry, alcohol
Sip/Swish: A rich, bouquet of fruit flavors, dense
Savor/Swallow: Longer finish than Apothic Red a bit of a kick as well. I think that’s the high alcohol content. No taste or smell of dark chocolate for me.
BF: Tasted the alcohol as well and thought it was a little on the sweet side.
Last Wine On The List
Our last wine to try out was Apothic Crush (2015)with a 14.5% alcohol content. Highest alcohol content yet. No description of wines they blended but it states it has red fruit flavors with caramel and a velvety, smooth mouth/feel.
Bring It On!
See: Light red color with a slight caramel color around the edge.
Swirl: Careful you don’t spill
Smell/Sniff: Deep, dark red fruit
Sip/Swish: Caramel, red fruit, Rich taste
Savor/Swallow: Very smooth and definitely tasted the richness of the fruit and caramel. Nice finish.
BF: Liked this wine quite a bit enjoyed the smoothness as well. The velvety description on the bottle was spot on.
The Results of the Taste Test
Winner: Apothic Crush
Runner up: Apothic Dark
3rd Place: Apothic Red
We enjoyed all 3 bottles but noticed our palates had changed. Apothic Red had been a favorite but now we enjoy the smooth, rich, finish of Apothic Crush. You will find that your taste buds will develop and change that’s why I highly recommend to try all 3 and decide which Apothic Red Blend you enjoy. You can find Apothic Wines online to see where you can purchase a bottle or check your local grocery, wine store near you.
I look forward to doing more taste tests with the BF, Kat or other friends and family or just by myself on a variety of wines especially another Apothic Red blend that is coming out soon called Apothic Inferno which is aged in whiskey barrels. I would love to hear from you, our Chill Out Reader, What wines do you enjoy? What wines would you like me to try?
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