july 31, 2011: this is apple tart delicious! we got this at sahara mart in bloomington, ind., ages ago, and it's been hanging out in our dark, cool basement ever since then. greg said it's like smelling and eating an apple tart, with a very smooth texture. an excellent dessert wine. i thought the flavors were a blend of apple and lemon. it had a yellowish-orange color and was very good. it's the first eiswein we've had in a while. 8.5 percent alcohol. $17.99.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.