After my birthday dinner out on our Michigan trip (Cracker Barrel! – although I do like Cracker Barrel, he still owes me a real birthday dinner), Jon and I stopped at the local Meijer in Jackson, Michigan to sample a few Michigan wines. We picked a red and a white that we hadn’t heard of before, with no research on the wineries, the wines, or the reviews of them. Jon chose a red – and I chose a white.
We got back to the hotel and busted out the corkscrew that lives in our suitcase and broke out the hotel plastic cups. We didn’t do this officially – as in taste the white wine before the heavier red. Jon prefers red wines, so he opened that one first. The red was a bit of a disappointment, very fruity, not much structure, and it contained an odd fizzy texture. It was certainly drinkable, but just one of the best wines we have had. But that’s all I can tell you, because neither of us can remember what the red wine was!
I picked the Grand Traverse Select – Semi Dry Riesling. At $7.99 for the bottle, it wasn’t going to be a big disappointment if we didn’t like it. This wine was much better than the red Jon picked. It has a faint pear nose – it may have more scent than what I was detecting, but remember, I was sampling from a plastic hotel cup. The mouth-feel is slightly syrupy, which gives way to a pear and golden delicious apple flavor, with a nice amount of acidity. It wasn’t anything special, but it was certainly a solid pick for a night at home – or in a hotel with a plastic cup!
So there you have it… Completely unscientific, unprepared and totally random wine tasting. Get out your plastic cups – you know you want to!