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"Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it!"



HEY! HEY! HEY!

Happy Wine Wednesday, guys!


How is everyone today?


I won’t lie, I’ve needed to take a break from social media for a few days just to reset myself from everything going on in the world today. 2020 has been a crazy year, I am sure we can all agree, and I am genuinely hoping the month of June will turn things around for us.


Even though I am taking a mini-break, I couldn’t let my personal feelings stop me from doing what I love, writing for my blog.


Writing has been, and continues to be, one of the many things that keeps me sane. I highly encourage you guys to find something that keeps you grounded as well.

And not just for right now, find something you enjoy doing long term! Doing something that brings you peace of mind is a necessity now a days, and I want all my friends, family, and supporters to have the mental peace they need.

With that being said, let’s get on with this review!


Now, some of you may recognize this bottle from a social media post back in February. It was an impromptu buy, like many of my wines tend to be, but it was delicious! Like, I’ve had this wine at least three more times since then. It’s one of my favorites.

Originally when I purchased San Antonio Cardinale Reserve Sweet Red Wine, I thought it was from a winery here in Texas. I won’t lie, I discovered MONDAY it’s actually located in Los Angeles, and the name actually came from the cathedral San Antonio de Padua which is home of the patron Saint Anthony, who the owner of this winery, Santo Cambianica, actually dedicated his business to back in 1917.


Now, I’m not here to get all religious on you guys, but as someone who was raised catholic, I found this intriguing because it turns out in 1919 when the Volstead Act was passed, San Antonio Winery was one of the few businesses that weren’t affected by this. As a matter of fact, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles required this company to still make wine for their church services.


Whew, the power of wine, I tell ya, LOL.


Now, I know none of this has anything to do with the overall taste of the wine itself, but like I said, I found it intriguing and wanted to share, LOL.


As far as my review goes, this wine gets five stars. Duh, guys, I just said I had the same bottle three times. That should’ve been a no brainer.


This wine has a thick dark berry aroma, which reminded me of cherries and plums. The first taste was thick and smooth, and very grapy, but not in a fruit juice kind of way.

My wife and I drank this wine with a spicy pasta dish, and the cayenne pepper I added to my meal definitely increased the sweetness of the wine. Now, this wine did only have an 11% alcohol content, but I did wake up with a headache the next day. Not sure if I over indulged, or didn’t drink enough water that day. But that’s just a heads up!


Have you ever tried this wine? Let me know what you think!


Have a wine suggestion? Please mention it below!


As always, thank you so much for joining me today.


Don’t forget to check back in on the 17th for some wine facts, and the 30th for my book review.


I know on my last entry I mentioned I was going to be reviewing a book by Anne Rice, but I came across a new author I’ll be checking out, so stay tuned!

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