It was a whole week ago that I went to Rustic Ridge Winery as part of my day of adventures with Cheryl and Penny, and I still have not drunk the bottle wine I bought there. Aren’t you proud of me? Or are you wondering what I was thinking? But let me write a blog post about it…
It was a beautiful drive to Burlington Flats with views of mountains covered with color. The color was perhaps a little past peak but there were still plenty of reds, yellows and oranges to delight the eye. I know, I know, forget the scenery, get to the wine.
My plan was to purchase a bottle of either Untamed Red or Untamed White for our, wait for it, Halloweddinganniversaryweenary Party next weekend. The label of the bottle has two big, mean-looking eyes. I am buying several Halloween-ish-looking bottles for the party and thought this would be a good addition.
Therefore the Untamed White was the first wine I tasted. It was yummy, but I already knew that. However, I had not tried the Untamed Red. I liked the bouquet. It was good, but I liked the white better. Of course I also tasted a few other wines while I was there.
The Lazy Days Dry Rose was nice. The Cabernet Sauvignon ’11 was very dry. I tried the Merlot this time, which I had not tried before. Steven is more of a Merlot fan than I. The man doing the pouring also gave us a taste of the Native Port, a dessert wine. it did taste very desserty.
The fellow doing the pouring was friendly and knowledgeable. I foolishly did not ask his name, but I knew he was important, because when I talked about how I wanted the bottle with the scary eyeballs, he said he designed all the labels on the wine bottles. One day when I get a fancy camera or phone that can add photos to the blog, I will return there and post pictures of some of the bottles. Ah, good, another reason to return.
In addition to the wine, I found a Rustic Ridge Winery shot glass to purchase for Steven. He collects shot glasses, although he very rarely drinks a shot. On our way to pay, I saw a Mohawk Valley Living magazine and opened it to the article I had written about Rustic Ridge.
“Hey, that’s the guy that just did our pouring,” Penny said, pointing to the picture of Rick Bennett and his mother.
We really enjoyed our tasting, and I AM going to save the Untamed White for the party. Rustic Ridge Winery is located at 2805 St. Hwy 80, Burlington Flats, NY, phone number 607-965-0626. Their website is www.rusticridgewinery.com.