Wine Wednesday: Maui Blanc

Hawaii, vineyardsAs we all know, wine can be made in many states.  Hawaii is no exception. My parents introduced me to Maui Blanc wine after one of their many trips to Hawaii. Maui is one of their favorite places to visit and of course, they love wine as much as I do.

This wine comes from Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch. Maui Blanc is made of pineapples.  It’s an interesting taste.  It’s slightly sweet, but has a dry finish.  It’s perfect out on a shady patio on a hot summer day.  As you may be able to tell from the photo, you serve this wine well chilled.

From what I can tell on their website, the winery has been creating Maui Blanc since the late 1970s. I think I first tried it in the late 1990s or early 2000s. My memory is fuzzy when it comes to dates, but never when it comes to the wine.

Have you ever had pineapple wine? Wait. Can wine be made from pineapples? Can it be made from any fruit but just has to hit a certain alcohol by content percentage?  Am I thinking about this too much?

Yes. Sorry.

Back to the wine.  It goes really well with summer celebrations, barbeque, and even a light salad. Heck, it’s good to just sip on while watching the kids run through the sprinklers in the backyard or while watching a baseball game on TV.

It’s light, smooth, and crisp.  If you’re not a huge fan of white wines, I recommend you try this one. It’s not buttery. It’s fruity and even a little spicy. I imagine drinking Maui Blanc is what Hawaii feels like.

For those who don’t live in states with odd liquor laws, I have seen it for sale at Cost Plus World Market and Total Wine.  Otherwise, you can buy a bottle directly from the website…unless of course you live in one of those weird states that doesn’t let you get shipments of booze.

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