So in my post Watermelon Wine, I had mentioned that while I had been less than enthusied by the watermelon wine, I had not come away empty handed from Davenport Orchards & Winery on Sunday. That’s because I found a new sweet red: Charlemagne.
I had to try more than one wine. Far be it from me to stop at one glass when they are giving wine away. I tried the Cayuga, the Seyval Blanc, and the Rhubarb. But it was Charlemagne that really caught my attention.
The Sweet Red Wine Charlemagne
Yes, it was sweet. Like after-dinner or reduced-to-syrup-and-served-over-ice-cream sweet. At the same time, though, it had a bolder flavor than I am used to in sweet red wine and it had a nice floral bouquet. Plus, the sweetness was not overpowering so I actually got to taste the wine, not the sugar.
Plus I found that the United States Marine Corps private labels it and serves it at its galas. So I figured if it was good enough for them, well it was probably good enough for me, too.
Going to Lawrence
If you are ever in the Lawrence, Kansas area, stop by Davenport Orchards and Winery (it’s about 5 miles East along K-10.) If you like dry reds, the Chat in the Dark is very good and their Apple Wine is still my favorite desert white ever. Though don’t tell ’em that the blogger who didn’t like the watermelon wine sent you. It probably wouldn’t do you any good.