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Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Tasting #winetasting #wine #TampaFL #foodiefriday

This Foodie Friday is all about WINE!!!

While I was in Tampa, FL during my last trip, I decided to go to Cooper’s Hawk restaurant.

It was recommended by the concierge at the hotel where I was staying.
They also have a tasting area. While I waited for my table, I decided to try a variety of their sweet wines.

The tasting with souvenir wineglass cost $10.

In the order in which I tasted:

Raspberry Sparkling ***MY FAVE #2***– fragrance of black raspberry, citrus, vanilla
TOW: Light, sweet taste on tongue. Great chilled. Loved the light crisp fragrance

Moscato – fruity and floral , scents of white grape juice, nectarine, guava, orange blossom, and honeysuckle
TOW: Sweet, light fruity. Little hints of the citrusy fresh flavor.

Gewurztraminer – 2016 International Eastern Wine Competition winner – lush and fragrant, releasing kiwi, Bosc pear, lychee, rose petal, honeycomb
TOW: Definitely tasted the floral hints. Reminded of a spring time, sweet dessert wine. Could not detect all the fragrant notes. Kiwi, Bosc pear, lychee, rose petal, AND honeycomb? If they say so.

Raspberry ***MY FAVE # 1*** – ripe raspberries and note of cinnamon wakes up the palate
TOW: Smells like fruit juice with subtle hints of berries on the tongue. The delicate spice undertones add aromatic depth.

Blueberry – blueberry pie, raspberry, and Bing cherry with hint of cinnamon
TOW: Rich fruit taste and deep flavor. It was smooth like drinking juice (which could be dangerous). Tasted spicy hints but thought it was nutmeg instead of cinnamon.

Cranberry ***LEAST FAVE*** – tart cranberry with gingerbread and candied mandarin oranges
TOW: This was my least fave because the cranberry flavor was so tart, like drinking 100% cranberry juice. It tasted more like a health drink and less like wine.

Red Sangria – juicy plum, sweet cherries, apple, tangerine, and a touch of molasses on the nose
TOW: This was very sweet and tasted like candy. I could tell there were a lot of fruit notes in it. This is best served cold and in small doses.

Limoncello – intense lemon zest with soft lime undertones
TOW: Definitely zesty! Sweet, smooth lemon flavor came through. Best as an after dinner liqueur and like the Red Sangria, served in small doses.

TOW Final Word: This wine tasting is worth the trip. There are plenty of wines in their selection for every palate. This was my first time, but not my last!

Here is the location address where I went
4110 West Boy Scout Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607

To find the nearest Cooper’s Hawk tasting room https://www.coopershawkwinery.com/tasting-room.php

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Flynn’s on Maxwell Wine Tasting – June 2013

Flynn’s on Maxwell Wine Tasting

A couple months ago, I went to a wine tasting at the newest wine and beer establishment in Greenwood SC. The couple that owns this store are passionate about what they do. The husband loves specialty beers and the wife loves good wine. With Flynn’s on Maxwell, they have an avenue to talk about their passion and explain flavored nuances of many libations that they have discovered.

I attend wine tastings because it gives me a chance to try wines that I would otherwise not buy. Over the years, I have found that I do not like many reds because they are usually too dry for me. I am an ultra sweet moscato or Riesling type of girl. However, I will try new red wines to see if I can find one that l like to drink.

The wines talked about here were ones that I tried during the June 2013 tasting.

Steelhead Pinot Noir – $14.18 – Dry wine with strong flavor. I was not a fan because I do not like dry wines. I felt like I had cottonmouth.

Decoy Pinot Noir – $21.32 – The aroma of this wine was better than the taste because it was dry too. The aroma was rich, full body with an earthy, leather, tobacco smoke flavor. I loved smelling the wine but the dryness took all the taste out of my mouth. All the people there that like dry wines were raving over this one though.

Joel Gott Pinot Gris – $14.58 – I could not verbalize what I thought of the flavors for this one. My nose caught hints of a sweet flowery fragrance, but my tongue did not taste what I expected based on the aroma. I think my mind was confused. This wine blew my mind 🙂

Folie a Deux Chardonnay Sonoma RRV – $15.93 – My favorite of this tasting session. It was light and fresh. I ate with some grapes. I wish I had had some strawberries though. It felt like summertime at its greatest.

Since everyone’s palate is different, the reason I do not like a wine could be the same reason another person wants to try it. If you like pinot noir wines, you might enjoy Decoy Pinot Noir. Like I said, the people who did like Pinot Noirs said it was delicious. If you are looking for a nice chardonnay, I do recommend Folie a Deux Chardonnay Sonoma RRV. It was really tasty.