By Kori ~ January 24th, 2008.
Aloha! The Wine Peeps just returned from a fabulous week in Hawaii. When you think of wine-producing states in the U.S., you probably think of California, Washington, Oregon, or New York. However, there are commercial wineries in all 50 states. When we travel, we like to either visit local wineries or try wines from the area.
After checking into our hotel in Honolulu, we headed to a nearby Safeway to buy some supplies for the week. Of course, we had to check out their wine selection while we were there. Most of the Hawaiian wines that they offered were fruit-blended wines. These fruit-blended wines are very popular with tourists but we were looking for a traditional grape wine from Hawaii to try. We finally found one on the shelf, Ulupalakua Red from Maui’s Tedeschi Vineyards.
We enjoyed the Ulupalakua Red (a cabernet blend) one evening after dinner as we relaxed in our room listening to Hawaiian music and watching the activity on Kalakaua Avenue below. It was a pleasant sipper on a warm, tropical evening. This is not a wine that I would have shipped home but it’s worth a try when you are visiting the islands.
NV Tedeschi Vineyards Ulupalakua Red: A dense, deep red with a sweet, chocolaty aroma. Very fruit-forward; raspberries dominate. Not much body and a short finish.
Quality: 2 stars (out of 5)
QPR: NR (not recommended)
Price: $19.99 (Safeway – Honolulu)
Filed under: American Wine, Red Wine, Wines NOT To Buy (1 & 2 Star), Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25