• Leina Ussin

“Home is Where the Wine Is!”

Happy Wine Wednesday!

Thank you so much for taking time out and reading my very first wine review! The wine I’ll be reviewing tonight is Tanglewood Red Blend, which was recommended to me by an employee from Twin Liquors here in Austin, TX.

If you’ve had the chance to read my first entry, you know that white wines are my thing! But I am extremely excited to try new wines, and was excited to select a wine I wasn’t familiar with to use as my first review!

So here we go:

Before trying Tanglewood Red Blend, I did some research to see what foods would pair well with it. I was glad to see spicy foods was one of the options, because being from New Orleans, I love my spice!

So, I made spaghetti with spicy Italian sausage, and prepared for an intriguing experience!

Upon smelling the wine, I realized it gave off a sweet aroma and hoping the taste would be just as sweet! Well, after my first sip, I could feel a tart and bitter taste in my mouth, not smooth or sweet at all!

I continued to eat my dinner, sipping along the way, making sure I paid attention to how the wine went with my meal.

Well, after about four good sips, I can honestly say I was feeling a little buzz! (Tanglewood Red Blend has 12.5% alcohol!)

So it’s safe to say, my first experience wasn’t a good one. So, I decided to chill the wine and try it the next day! (I forgot to mention I tried it room temperature first!)

The next day though! The bitter taste continued to linger, and I felt a strong urge to drink water!

Here’s what I discovered!

Tanglewood Red Blend is made with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. It’s a breeding of a red Cabarnet grape and a white Sauvignon grape. The Cabernet Sauvignon grape has a healthy level of tannins, and is the reason red wines are dark in color.

Now, if you’re a professional wine drinker, tester, or maker, the word ‘tannins’ is not uncommon for you! If you’re an amateur like me, and have never seen this word before, THANK GOODNESS I am not alone!

Tannins? What is tannins?

Tannins naturally occurs within the skins, seeds, and stems of the wine grapes. It’s what creates that drying sensation within your mouth. You can also determine if your wine has high or low tannins depending on how dry your wine is, and wines with high tannins usually have high alcohol percentages.

Now, high alcohol percentage can excite any wine drinker, right?

A word of caution: high tannin levels are known to cause some headaches, so please, be mindful of how much you drink!

And remember, NEVER drink and drive!

Well, I hope my first review was informative to you! And please, if you’ve had a chance to try this wine let me know what you think!

Have a favorite wine? Please share it with me!

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