If you are someone who loves quirky and new twists on traditional things, then I think you would be interested to hear all about this new thing called flavored wine that has been taking the industry by storm lately. Now upon hearing the phrase “flavored wine” you are probably instantly taken aback by what that means. I know that when I heard that term for the first time, I surely was as well. The term “Flavored Wine” can make you do a double take and think “Is flavored wine, what I think it is?” and the answer is yes, it is! There are truly flavored wines that are now being sold commercially around the world and it is doing well, I must say. Now you must be wondering what flavored wine is. In a nutshell, it is essentially wine that has been artificially flavored in way. Yes! The time has now come in which you can flavor your wine up in the same way that you typically flavor up your coffee and before your traditional wine lovers upturn your head in dismay, I would wait a second and give this flavored wine thing a try. It is cool and the perfect thing to explore if you are an open minded and adventurous lover of wine.
The Fun that Flavored Wine Can Bring to You
Forbes.com was the one to report on how popular flavored wines were becoming. It became apparent that flavored wines were becoming a hit amongst entry level wine consumers who would be more open to the concept of flavored wine, given that they do not have any perceptions about wine and wine culture that traditional wine drinkers do. A lot of new wine consumers have been testing out the idea of flavored wine for quite some time and it is becoming apparent through wine sales that flavored wine is doing quite a great job even with the backlash and critical attention it has been getting by ardent wine lovers. There have been many wine bottles that have been gracing the scene and making their presence known with incredibly cool wine flavors such as Coconut Chardonnay, Cappuccino Chardonnay, Strawberry Moscato, Peach Moscato, Espresso Cabernet, and Red Sangria! Who would have ever thought to combine wine flavors with flavors like coconut or coffee? Well it is being done and many people are loving it! The flavors are obviously not the most natural since it is flavored wine, which means that there must be artificial flavoring in the wine to dress up the unique and natural flavors that already come with it. Yet who says that artificial flavored wine must be a total no? I mean many enjoy coffee in its natural form of black coffee, but many others enjoy it with other ingredients and flavors to enhance the overall taste. Why can’t wine be that way too? Wine is expressive and artistic and flavored wine is an example of how beautiful it can be to mix traditional and natural with something new and cool! I mean Espresso Cabernet? How cool does that sound?
The Initial Dislike for Flavored Wine
There has been a bit of criticism over the creation of flavored wine from a handful of wine connoisseurs who view the concept as something that is not natural and almost kind of childish. I mean some people regard adding in syrups and other flavors as a childish approach to making something sweet so that people can drink it. A lot of people have very sophisticated associations to wine and to see it filled up with other kinds of unnatural flavors, seems to make people not take this wine very seriously. While this may be the case for some, there is a very strong reason for why flavored wine is becoming popular and why people shouldn’t be so quick to judge!
Flavored Wine for the Adventurous Ones
The concept of flavored wine can often be a touchy subject for the wine community and many people who have loved wine for such a long time. Surely it can be a quite quirky and totally weird concept to grasp our head around, but I honestly believe that the creation of flavored wine can be something incredibly creative. It hints at something new and tells the world that old doesn’t always mean better. Being open minded and trying new things is certainly not bad and I encourage many to get out of their comfort zone and give it a try for you might not know what you are missing! I mean they even have cake flavored wines! This means that you can enjoy your dessert in your wine and sip on flavors such as cake batter, black forest cake, cheesecake, coffee cake, and strawberry shortcake. Yum! It may take some time for everyone to ease into the new concept of flavored wine, but I have a lot of faith that many more people will be receptive to it! Think of flavored wine as another way to express one’s creativity. Wine has always been a beverage that has been created to suit a wide variety of tastes and preferences. With wine, there has always been unique taste or aroma that can hook in any person, no matter how picky they are. I think flavored wines help to attract a new audience of people! That audience being those who are adventurous and are not afraid to dip into something that is less natural or not as traditional. It is okay to let something new in and it is also okay to be a little quirky and different then what is considered normal. It is important that more people realize that, for by doing so they can open their mind to a whole new world of possibilities. In other words, let the immense popularity of flavored wine, despite initial backlash, be proof that at the end of the day you shouldn’t be afraid to let your imagination run rampant! It is okay to venture out into something new. If you don’t like it then at least you could say you tried!
Some Quirky Fruit Flavored Wines That Existt
Now that I have delved a little bit into flavored wines, I think it would be only fitting to hand out a list of some flavored wines that have made it into the commercial wine market and are currently being sold. If you are interested in flavored wine, but do not know where to go or what is out there, then surely this list can help you out! These flavors are super quirky and many of them may sound like something you would never want in your wine but rest assured that these flavors are a lot more delicious than you think! I mean after all, it is still wine experts who are creating these unique wine flavors, so they know a thing or two about how to create funky and cool wine flavors that would go well together as a great option for wine lovers and beginners.
France’s Love for Lollipop Flavored Wines
If there is any more proof that people around the world are truly enjoying the flavors that flavored wine has to offer then I would say, look at France. Wine sales have been increasing for flavored wines in the European country. In fact, sales have started to increase for flavors such as grapefruit flavored rosé, rosé mandarin, or black currant. This can be supported by 2013 figures which showed that there was a 45.2% jump in sales of flavored wines. This ended up beating other drinks such as cognac, beers, and iced teas. Young people in France are absolutely loving the concept and the fact that it is lower in alcohol (at around 8% to 10.5%) and it is inexpensive and easy to drink. Studies done in the country have shown that many people, around the age of 18-34 years old, drink specifically flavored wine to stimulate the appetite before a meal. Wine bottles are selling out fast in France with cool flavors such as Red Lollipop, grapefruit, and passion fruit flavored wines. In addition, a peach flavored white wine may be making an appearance, which will surely increase wine sales even more.
Cola Flavored Wine
As stated before, one of the incredibly popular flavors in France in the category of flavored wine is currently the red lollipop flavor which is red flavoring tinged with cola! Meaning that the drink is a mixture of wine flavors with candy and soda characteristics in it. The concoction is made of about 75% grapes that have an alcohol content that is around 9% as well as citrus, cinnamon, and vanilla. Apparently, this flavor was a long time coming considering that in Europe it is quite popular for people to order both their own wine as well as their favorite cola at the same time in restaurants, and then nonchalantly sip on both. Finally, someone has come up with the idea to just blend the two flavors together and see how people react and it shows that people are incredibly receptive to this new flavor.
This is a kind of flavored wine flavor that is more on the common side than its other flavored wine counterparts such as the infamous cheesecake wine and the coca cola wine. The kiwi pear is a flavored wine that can surely be a hit among many wine lovers. It combines the rich taste of luscious kiwi fruits with the refreshing taste of pineapple and banana, which is then melded into a soft, rich pear aroma. Certainly, a wonderful flavored wine to try!
The strawberry watermelon flavored wine does not only taste beautiful, but it surely looks beautiful too, with a gorgeous light pink color that is sure to catch your eye and make you want to try a sip. The strawberry watermelon is a refreshing flavored wine that has medium sweetness levels and is light bodied. It combines juicy strawberries and ripe watermelons for an instant summer sweet wine that is sure to please everybody.
Wild berry Flavored Wine
If you love berries and are looking for a more sour and sweet taste, then wild berry flavored wine may just be what you are looking for. This wine is incredibly ripe and intense with concentrated berry fruit flavors. It is mixed with the infamous Shiraz white wine and blends together with the intensity of blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries to provide an exquisite taste like no other.
Blood Orange Sangria
If you are someone who enjoys citrus fruits more than anything, then this may be the right flavored wine for you! Citrus is such an exquisite and amazing aroma that just reminds you of the summer sun and all things nature. Dive into a more sour, citrus wine with notes of blood orange and ripe peaches, followed with undertones of crisp apple for the most perfect and refreshing wine to exist! It is also incredibly easy to drink and lighter in terms of its alcohol level.
Flavored wine is truly a craze all over the world right now and for good reason. These wines help to exaggerate and enhance the already amazing characteristics of wine. Whether you opt for a wine that is exaggerated and out there such as a cake batter wine or you go for something more natural such as peach or blueberry, (or you stick with a traditional non-flavored wine), just bask in the fact that you have these amazing options and varieties out there when you need it. Even if you are someone who only tends to go for familiar flavors, it can be comforting to know that the people who make these incredible wines, always have your back in producing the kinds of flavors that everybody can enjoy. That fact is more reason why you should toast your wine and celebrate all that wine can offer to you and others around the world. Embrace the differences in wine in the same way that wine embraces the differences that make you!