I am not normally one to be drawn to wine blends named after Roman goddesses, with cute stories about Bacchus getting “all the press” and being in love “but not jus with my boyfriend Apollo.”
And I don’t know too many women who need a story like that to buy a wine either. But hey, whatever works.
I don’t mind wine blends, and expect there to be some creative attempts a naming a product. But Meditrina, with its curvy label and bright colours isn’t what I’m looking for.
Needless to say, I got roped in by a sale. I’m weak.
The sample taste didn’t hurt either.
I nabbed the Meditrina Red, made by Oregon’s Sokol Blosser Winery, at Willow Park Wines & Spirits’ wine sale last weekend.
Skeptical, I was prompted to have a taste by one of the reps pushing their wares.
I ended up buying it, despite the feminine label, and ridiculous story on the back.
A blend of Syrah, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir, it’s a decent sipper, very fruit forward, with lots of ripe berries on the nose, and cherries on the palate. It would most likely pair well with lighter grilled fare, such as salmon, pork or perhaps even chicken.
It definitely isn’t one I’d want to cellar, and I’m sure its makers are bottling it for quick enjoyment.
But, while it does offer a light, bright flavour, it won’t become a figure of lore, like its namesake goddess.