So after the “DON’T SAVE IT!!” blog post (original post here) describing wine that my husband and I got many years ago, there were some people that dared me to try it. (After all, we all knew it wasn’t going to get any better, right? What did I have to lose?) In addition to the Hawaiian wine (from Volcano Winery) about which I originally posted, I also found a bottle from Mt. Nittany Vineyard and Winery in Pennsylvania (Go Penn State!). This bottle was given out at the wedding of some close friends (in 2004). It was also a white wine and probably far past its time. We decided to open both.
The Mt. Nittany bottle had a synthetic cork that was in there firmly. I got it out and immediately smelled apples. Then it smelled like sherry. So it certainly didn’t smell gross. (It didn’t smell like it was supposed to or as it would have smelled back in its prime… but it didn’t smell nasty.) The cork from the Symphony wine from Volcano Winery was very easy to remove… until it broke. However it wasn’t in there all that tightly and I was able to retrieve it. The wine had the same sherry-like smell as the Mt. Nittany wine. When poured, both were pretty dark for white wines.
We each took one of the glasses. I had the Hawaii wine first and my husband the Pennsylvania wine. We clinked a toast to the friends that had given us the wine and took a (very, very tiny) sip. Despite the sweet smell of the wines, I was kind of expecting vinegar at this point. It wasn’t. And, not surprisingly, neither wine was good. The wine from Hawaii was bad… but mild. We swapped and I took the Mt. Nittany wine. The Pennsylvania wine was bad but had a bite to it in addition to the badness. My husband just sipped, winced, and shook his head “no.”
I feel it is important at this time to say that I do NOT think Volcano Winery and Mt. Nittany Vineyard and Winery make bad wines! Please don’t comment on this and yell at me. I have only good things to say about Mt. Nittany and have thoroughly the wines I have had from their establishment. I am sure if I ever tried another Volcano Wine, the same would be true for them. I blame only myself (well, I mostly blame my husband, but whatever) for the way these wines tasted 10-15 years after we should have opened them. (And, if you remember from my original post, they were not even stored properly having been through several moves, non-climate controlled storage, etc.)
The final takeaway from this adventure: If you get (white) wine as a gift and you are sentimental, drink the wine and save the bottle. Don’t save the wine.
P.S. I would like to thank our friends Matt, Laka, Larry, and Theresa for there lovely gifts. And I’m sorry we didn’t enjoy them sooner!