Recently, I picked up a bottle of Elephant Island Cherry (2007). That’s right, a wine made from cherries rather than grapes. In fact, all of Elephant Island’s products are made with fruits other than grapes.
I had heard good things through my interweb travels about this producer, so I decided I’d check them out. Originally, I was looking for the Black Currant (2006), due to the good review in my Top 100 under $20 book, however, I found the 2007 Cherry and Black Currant at Aligra in West Edmonton Mall. Intrigued by the Cherry, I opted for that bottle instead. I also picked up a bottle of Moselland Riesling Avantgarde (I can’t recall the Vintage), mostly because the bottle was too cool looking not to buy.
Before I get back to the wine, I’d like to note the enjoyment I received from shopping at Aligra Wine and Spirits. The individual that was working at Aligra was very helpful in helping me select a Scotch to purchase for my Dad for Father’s Day. He hasn’t received it yet, so I can’t vouch for the reliability of the advice. She did note that the bottle I did purchase was well received at the Scotch tasting they had a few days prior to my visit.
Anyway, the wine. I’m really unsure what to think. The first glasses I had was pretty average in my opinion. It tasted like cherries. I certainly wasn’t blown away. The next day, I had a couple more glasses. It was really tasty, I quite enjoyed drinking it. So, perhaps the food pairing the first night wasn’t quite right, or the pairing on the second night was perfect. I don’t really know. Maybe it tastes better as it sits open in the fridge (which I doubt). If you want to give something different a try, Elephant Island Cherry is definitely that. I don’t think I’ll be buying another bottle of this one, but I’m definitely still on the prowl for their other offerings.
Also, I’ve posted a new recipie, Stuffed Pork Chops. I hope you enjoy it, I certainly did.