Something sweet

by Kathleen Dennis
June 05, 2012

A question for you, Friends: Do you remember the first time you fell in love with wine? Was there a reason you began to take it along on your journey through life? For me, I recall, it took a little while for the love to kindle. The relationship was innocent, at first, requiring almost no supervision. It wasn't until I was fully within my admittedly adult state that I began to appreciate such complex aromas and taste experiences, and thus the obsession occurred. In my (much) younger days, I wanted all alcohol to taste like fruit punch. Thus, my pallet had some maturing to do before wine could really be loved and appreciated (as it so deserves). Nonetheless, my observation of wine drinkers was always astute. The charismatic beauty of a wine glass and a candlelit ambiance was the epitome of elegance and class. Currently, I sit sipping a chilled Sauvignon Blanc amidst the glow of my computer screen, enjoying the light, crisp, citrus flavor. I can't help but insist that my 21 year old self would not have delighted from such an event.

However, there has been quite the collegiate boom of wine consumption this year. Moscato has become a favorite to newer wine lovers, and more are being discovered to be of, well, college age. Sweet reds are being snatched from the shelves as well. Not so much classified as "desert wines", but these sweet reds are an intense blend of our favorites, with just a little bit more sweetness. The reviews are all pretty positive, too.

So why the sudden "sweet wine epidemic"? After all, the dryer the wine, the (inferred) greater the drinker's pallet. Well, that's just it. Didn't we all want to include ourselves in the "classy wine drinkers' club"? More and more, young drinkers are wanting to dive right into the world of aroma and notes and chocolate overtones, and the sweeter the better to start. They can't help it. From reading The Great Gatsby to watching an artist sip their wine at a Paris cafe, the foundation has become, for us, inherently passionate, and I don't blame them.

I completely get it.

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