Prosecco, Potato Chips, Pork Skins

Zardetto, Presto, Voveti, Mionetto

Zardetto, Presto, Voveti, Mionetto

Cape Cod, Lay's, Ruffles, Baken-ets

Cape Cod, Lay’s, Ruffles, Baken-ets

I love Prosecco. I love potato chips and pork skins. I thought it would be a match made in Heaven….not so much…

I enlisted the help of my Cousin Catherine, who has no problem getting her opinion over in a direct manner (remember she said a wine tasted like wet dog?) and my friend Teri who worships Prosecco.

We tasted 4 Proseccos and 3 kinds of potato chips and a bag of pork skins.

The 4 Proseccos:

Presto: It is a Whole Foods brand. Catherine was the first to declare it undrinkable. It smelled and tasted like a barnyard. We all wondered if it was “corked”. Teri & I tried to analyze it a bit more, but it was just too painful so we dumped it.

Mionetto: This was recommended by Carol who works at my local Whole Foods. It had a slight petrol and citrus smell. The taste was mineral, very light lemon and apple. We all liked it. I even think Teri found a new Prosecco to fall in love with.

Voveti: The smell was more flowery than the others. The taste was citrus, assorted apples and white flowers. We thought this one was nice, but not outstanding.

Zardetto: This has always been my “go to” Prosecco. The smell is light perfume and apples. The taste is baked apples, bread and a light mineral finish. We all liked this one.

The tasting results with the chips:

Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Reduced Fat Chips:

Mionetto brought out a herbaceous taste that we all liked.

Voveti made the chips bitter

Zardetto brought out a slightly sweet flavor that we liked.

Lay’s Potato Chips:

Mionetto brought out a green herb quality in the chips. It was good.

Voveti tasted weird and earthy. Not good.

Zardetto just tasted flat. Not good.

Ruffles Potato Chips:

Mionetto made the chips taste fresh, light and zesty. Awesome!

Voveti – bitter

Zardetto gave the chip a weird baked flavor.

Baken-ets Pork Skins:

Mionetto was well-balanced with the pork skins. Awesome!

Voveti brought out an earthy, dirt flavor that we did not like.

Zardetto amplified the bacon goodness, but it was not the palate cleanser I was looking for, but we all liked the pairing.

Afterwards we found out that you need a cast iron stomach to handle lots of bubbles and salty, oily chips.

I had a headache and stomach-ache. The next day we kept texting each other and sharing our misery. I will never do this again!

By the way, we found out that Voveti is very good with raspberries and probably should have stuck with that…

Cheers! Y’all!

Your Twisted Sommelier, Lori

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Sporkable Merlot

I have had several requests to do a comparison on really cheap wines…like the stuff that is under $3 that is sort of the “store” brand.

This will be a 3 part post, because frankly, I can’t drink that much wine in one sitting. I’m comparing 3 varietals from 4 stores.

The varietals are: Merlot, Chardonnay & Cabernet Sauvignon. All are from vineyards in California.

The stores/wine brands are: Trader Joes/Charles Shaw aka “2 Buck Chuck”, Whole Foods/Three Wishes, Aldi/Winking Owl, & Wal-Mart/Oak Leaf.

The Merlot was the first I tried.

Charles Shaw, 12.5% alc, grapes from Napa/Sonoma.

Smell: twig, dark berry, with a little licorice.

Taste: strawberry, vanilla & it burned a little going down. I got immediate heartburn.

Three Wishes, 13% alc, grapes from Ripon/Livermore.

Smell: leather, dirt, plum

Taste: mixed berry, vanilla, licorice. Round mouth feel.

Winking Owl, 13% alc, grapes from Ripon/Livermore.

Smell: light forest floor, strawberry

Taste: vanilla, strawberry. Smooth but forgettable

Oak Leaf, 13% alc, grapes from Ripon/Livermore.

Smell: funky petrol, strawberry

Taste: light strawberry, dirt. It was like drinking colored water with flavor chips.

Overall, none of these thrilled me. However, as the Charles Shaw & Three Wishes began to settle, I noticed that they began to sort of taste alike. They became more candied fruit. The only difference was the alcohol level. The Charles Shaw was a little lighter because of the lower alc. level and Three Wishes was a little more plush because of the higher alc. level. Both wines also need food to go with them. McDonald’s chicken nuggets are a good choice and I liked the wine better. As for the pork skins…all of the wines covered up their light porky goodness.

As a “bonus” I had a 2003 Charles Shaw Merlot from my Mom-in-Law. She has been a Trader Joes shopper for a long time, but I have no idea why she still had this bottle…perhaps she didn’t like it either back in 2003 😉

Anyway, I kind of found it interesting that the old Charles Shaw bottle was taller and the grapes were only sourced & cellared from Sonoma.

I knew that this experiment was going to be unpleasant because cheaply made wines are not meant to age lovingly in your wine cellar. As soon as I opened the bottle I smelled a barnyard and the taste was like band-aids…it didn’t disappoint! See what I do for my Twisted Peeps!

My next installment will be Chardonnay from these same stores. I hope they are better.

Cheers & I’m going to brush my teeth now.