I’m from the generation that warmed up to the taste of alcohol on Seagram’s wine coolers (now referred to as Escapes) when I wasn’t drinking my mom’s recommended gin and tonic (“It’ll never steer you wrong,” she said. Hey, she took me to the Clinique counter at Nordstrom when I turned 13. She knew the important stuff.).
While I have not had a Seagram’s in decades, I went on a brief Mike’s Hard Lemonade kick when my husband and I were doing some home renovations in the heat of August. Having never been a beer girl, I finally understood the concept but the carbonation was just too much for me to stomach after a week.
Which brings me, in a very roundabout way, to my point—Blossom Bros. Artisan Wine Spritzers. So, wine spritzers were another mom recommendation. They were the rage in the 70’s, a mix of wine and sparkling soda served over ice. It’s apparently made a comeback and Blossom Bros. has introduced a really fun and flavorful bottled line.
There are a lot of fabulous, high-end wines out there but the adult beverage scene should never be taken so seriously that artisan wine spritzers can’t be fairly considered as a light and refreshing option for backyard barbecues, summer outings and campfire get-togethers.
Blossom Bros. are not your average wine spritzers. This is a Portland, Oregon-based partnership made up of seasoned adult beverage marketers employing a centuries-old technique of infusing wine with botanicals to create fresh alternatives at 6 percent ABV per 12 ounce serving.
Pink Grapefruit & Honey Comb
This was my favorite and the best food pairing selection of the three. Due to the carbonation, there’s a pretty effervescence when poured into a wine glass. Many will drink this out of a bottle but the presentation is so much nicer in stemware. The aroma of pink grapefruit is spot on. Delicate floral notes of honeysuckle follow. Since I’d had a day of yard work, I noted how refreshing this spritzer was. It’d be great with rich salads (like scallop or shrimp with avocado dressing) as well as balsamic vinaigrette or a citrus dressing.
Blood Orange & Ginger Root
After first sniff, my mind went straight to Thai food. The orange and ginger combination is a typical flavor pairing for Thai and the acidity is adequate for such a recommendation. After tasting it, I’d say Chinese might work better. The finish of this offering was definitely green and herbaceous, akin to rosemary.
White Peach & Jasmine Flower
Again, nailed it on the nose. The ‘essence’ that Blossom Bros. is going for is there. This is the sweetest of the three with the least wine characteristics but actually my second favorite of the flavor combinations. Given the white peach, I expected it to be sweeter and am such a fan of stone fruit. My mind went to a mild cheese plate with mellow nuts (I.e. toasted pine nuts) and dried apricots to accompany this offering but, for an entrée, simple chicken and pork dishes would work, too. Or, skip the food. It’s just a darned good sipping spritzer.
As fall and winter roll around, expect to see an expansion of flavor combinations from Blossom Bros. Look for these light and refreshing botanical-infused wine spritzers. Four-packs can be found at grocery outlets for $11.99 and on draft at select restaurants and bars. Look for a product finder soon on their website, blossom-brothers.com.