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Sweeten Your Palette

Sweeten Your Palette

Image Source:  Abor Mist

Image Source: Abor Mist

When I chose a wine Arbor Mist never enters my mind nor have I ever considered it as a wine (it definitely is) I'm a bit of a wine snob, but in a good way. This weekend, I decided to step outside my wine bubble and do a little research on Arbor Mist and a little wine tasting with the brand. Arbor Mist is an affordable wine and it is one of the main reasons it's popular and many of their wines have a sweet taste. Arbor Mist is very popular in the south especially, in Kentucky. Most people in the Bluegrass state have a palette that desires a sweet beverage. It's the reason Mcdonald's sweet tea is hit. The sweeter the taste the better to drink. Arbor Mist uses Vitis Vinifera grapes which are common well-known grapes used among many novices and widely popular commercial winemakers. However, I was unaware Arbor Mist used Vitis Vinifera grapes in making wine. Wine can be produced from many eatables or plant-based variables such as a rose, corn, rice and anything from the produce section in a grocery store.

“an Island Fruit High Fructose Corn Syrup was added to sweeten the taste”

Another popular ingredient is High Fructose Corn Syrup, which is their weapon to keep customers coming back. So if you chose an Arbor Mist Island Fruit, Pinot Gris Wine. Pinot Gris was the grape juice used to make the wine and an Island Fruit High Fructose Corn Syrup was added to sweeten the taste and it gives the wine a different flavor which decreases the actual taste of the Pinot Gris grape, along with added sugar. No-one actually chopped fresh pineapples and other assorted tropical fruit to add to a vat of Pinot Gris grape juice to ferment to produce a bottle of Island Fruit Pinot Gris white wine. I'm sorry, it simply didn't happen. I'm not against the taste of Arbor Mist wine nor am I judging the brand's wine-making ingredients. I believe if it works... Go with it! And it's definitely working for them and it has been for years.

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The day I decided to take the plunge and try Arbor Mist - I wanted to purchase it from a store that is aware of its customer base and offers continual training to its employees on the products they sell. So onward to one of the most knowledge-based liquor store in Kentucky, Liquor Barn. While I was there, the manager educated me on most alcohol purchased is based on the area, income, and a cultural or an inherited taste. Note, this is not the same as an acquired taste. Most taste palettes is passed on from generation to generation or from environment to environment. After pondering of the selection I decided to try Arbor Mist's Merlot Blackberry. The bottle reads served chilled so into my fridge it went and 24 hours later it was in a glass. I tasted a hint of blackberry but no merlot. It didn't taste like most of the wines I have acquired a taste to drink but it did not taste bad either. It was a lightly sweetened grape flavored wine with a little carbonation due to bottling and sugar.

My Arbor Mist experience was enlightening and I will probably purchase Arbor Mist again. In my opinion, Arbor Mist is not a wine for the loner or if you are trying to soothe your bad day. It is a social wine. Arbor Mist is a good wine for any group occasion especially, for a girls night out or at a friends house to talk about a girls night.

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