One thing that you cannot do when you’re alone on an island, is to wander into the local liquor store on a Friday afternoon and pick up a six-pack of beer. Instead you have to make do with what you brought ahead of time. And since a few beers wouldn’t have lasted very long, I opted to bring a box of wine instead. It’s all about longevity after opening, and space constraints.
I chose the Mission Ridge Premium Red Wine after a chat with a BC Liquor Store employee. While I was primarily concerned with high volume and low price, I did take into account sweetness versus dryness, and I did make the savvy decision to avoid the absolute cheapest option. This wine is made from a blend of imported and domestic wines, and was cellared at Mission Ridge Cellars in Westbank BC, only 40 miles from my hometown.
The pros of this wine include the volume (4 litres) the price ($30) and the fact that it is the only wine on this island. The cons of this wine include the taste, and the fact that it is the only wine on this island.
It doesn’t pair very well with pasta; believe me I tried. It fares somewhat better with red meats.
Appearance: admittedly this is the wrong glass; dark red liquid.
Nose: very little smelled apart from red delicious apples.
Palate: sweet cranberries, soap.
Finish: dry, red berry flavoured soap.
Rating: 1/5 Bad
I would like to point out that even though I am primarily a beer guy, I generally prefer a bad wine over a bad beer. Sweet sickly juice is far better than rancid piss water. Even if you’re alone on an island.
These elephant seals are way better at being cute than this wine is at tasting good!