When you are on a trip to Portland, Oregon, make sure you check out the Hood River Vineyards Oregon Marionberry Wine. I came across this wine at the Made in Oregon shop at the Portland International Airport and have since returned to the same store to replenish my stock of this unique flavor dessert wine.
Marionberry is an acquired taste. The more I drink this wine, the more I love it. I’m no wine drinker and my preference lies on the sweeter side. To write a review on wine from a non-drinker is something of a laughing matter. But I’d like to share this particular one as it is very unique and one and only in the world (at least from the 800 cities I’ve been to, I’ve only found it here in Oregon!!! So, that’s truly unique!). As for how unique? I’ve no words to describe it (pardon my limited vocabulary of wine and taste! I think it’s something you’ve to taste it for yourself and see if you’d like it. My best attempt would be to say if you like Sangria and Port wine and Ginja, you are most likely to love is as I do. It’s the same as trying to tell someone who has never tried Durian, Chocolate, Cheese and Sashimi what these food taste like. How anyone attempt to describe these food in words is beyond me :p
Hood River Vineyards Oregon Marionberry Wine is also great as a gift or souvenir from Portland. I bought them for friends and colleagues and they make real good gift as the cost of each bottle is just right, US$19.95 and it’s something everyone can enjoy. It’s also presentable and the store at the airport will ship them for you too. In addition, it’d be a great piece of conversation for the dinner table. How many people have really tried Marionberry in the world? Oh, before you serve the wine, make sure you read up on Marionberry! Better still if you’ve an idea of how it looks like!
To get an idea of what this wine is all about, check out the Made in Oregon website.
The words used to describe the wine are: “plumpest, juiciest blackberry” (ah, yes, I forgot to mention, Marionberry is the most common blackberry cultivar in the world), “tangy yet sweet”.
I personally haven’t tried it but it’s said to taste great if you sip it over ice cream, cheese cake and fruits. I think it will taste great with strawberry, another favorite of mine.
Hood River Vineyard also offers another version of this dessert wine, the Hood River Vineyard Oregon Black Cherry Wine. It’s priced similarly at US$19.95 and the website offers 10% discount if the order is more than a dozen. I did buy it for a friend who’s a wine drinker and she mentioned that it’s not as good as the Marionberry Wine. A tip from her is that you can use this wine to cook with your steak and it’ll do wonders. I don’t cook either, so I’m afraid I can’t attest to that fact. But this friend of mine loves food and I do believe what she said. So, if you have tried it and it works, drop me a line!
In the mean time, I highly recommend this wine to everyone!
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