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Old 03-28-2009, 06:46 PM   #1
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Default A fine wine product = wine

like velveeta = cheese. Today I learned to read all labels more carefully. I picked up a bottle of Arbor Mist wine at the grocery store. Since I don't usually chill wine I hadn't chilled that which turned out to be a good thing. One sip and I knew I didn't want to drink it at room temp. I thought it tasted pretty sweet for a merlot and looked at the label - 21 grams of sugars in one glass of wine! Then I checked the ingredients. The first three are merlot, water and high fructose corn syrup. Apparently I'd purchased a high octane wine cooler

The moral of this story - read all labels.
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Old 03-28-2009, 06:53 PM   #2
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So true. My problem is I only like the sweet drinks. Which pretty much means I will be giving up drinking for a while. Not that I drink often, but when I do, I tend to do a lot of sweet drinks.

I wish I could learn to like red wine. Or any wine for that matter.
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Actually, I am a super-sweet, or creamy-drink fan myself, however, I have weirdly developed a taste for red wine (still don't like white). Meeko 77, there is hope, some red wines are actually quite fruity and somehow "satisfying" a Yellowtail Shiraz comes to mind. It did take me awhile to develop a taste for it, but I did and now I rarely have the sweet, creamy drinks that I used to love so much. I think I started drinking red wine when I went out because it lasted longer and was lower in calories than my other faves and one day I realized that I'd actually developed a taste for it. So if I can, anyone can! Hmm, is it happy hour yet?
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Haha... back in college, we used to refer to Arbor Mist as a 40oz. of wine cooler. I honestly feel that the target market for a product like that is females under the age of 21.

It's a shame that your purchase had to go to waste. Especially since I am sure you were looking forward to relaxing with a glass of wine
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Old 03-28-2009, 07:30 PM   #5
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I can see it as a drive-in drink. We used to take Mike's a lot for that. It's certainly not a SBD beverage though. Luckily I had another bottle of Italian red so I'm set
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Ooh, totally OT, but I have never been to a drive-in. The last one in Jersey closed when I was very young. An experience I am afraid I will never have...
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Thanks for that info, Cyndi. I have two bottles of Arbor Mist in the fridge, and I'm embarrassed to say that I never even considered looking at the labels. Lesson learned. I'll save them for guests.
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It never occurred to me before either. I assumed that if it came in a wine bottle and was sold in the wine department it was wine. I was a bit embarrassed when I read the label. I really hate sneaky added sugar
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Ooh, totally OT, but I have never been to a drive-in. The last one in Jersey closed when I was very young. An experience I am afraid I will never have...
There is a drive-in right down the road from me, should be opening for the season in April.
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Oh and I like the sweet wines, Bug Juice is my fav.
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It's just a slightly more dignified version of Boone's Farm.
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Ah, fond memories of Boone's Farm - back in the 70's

I'm a dry red kinda gal now
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It's just a slightly more dignified version of Boone's Farm.
Very true. I call it Boone's Farm of the 90's, because we were drinking it when I was in college (late 90's) and not old enough to drink (shhhh don't tell) .

I do remember Arbor Mist being very sweet - which is probably why I liked it. Now, give me a good Riesling or Chardonnay anyday. I'm even learning to like Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir.

I'm still kind of shocked that Arbor Mist has HFCS in it though!
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Now...you made me look!

My husband bought a bottle of red wine called menage a trois. (hee hee hee...I told him it's the closest he'll ever get!! He keeps asking me if I liked it...)

It doesn't have anything on a label ...sugar, ingredients, etc. Do you assume there's no added HFCS? It doesn't taste that sweet to me, but I did enjoy it.
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Real wine is just grapes so they don't need to list ingredients. I think I was too old to know about Arbor Mist. I was drinking tequila when it was popular with the younger crowd I was lured by the thought of a raspberry merlot because I fell in love with a local cranberry wine. Oops. I will certainly watch labels for the "a X product" rather than just "X". I think that's where I got in trouble.
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