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Spring Bubbles Sweet Wine (Aldi)

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Sounds delicious, but a little bland straight out of the bottle. A while ago, at the start of the spring season, my wife purchased a bottle of Spring Bubbles from Aldi.  The plan was to get it nice and chilled, and enjoy it with our dinner, so to expedite the process, she put it in the freezer instead of the fridge.  We forgot all about it, and I came home from work the next day to an exploded bottle and frozen wine all over the place.  Needless to say, I was not too happy, given the $9 per bottle going rate. Fast forward three months.  I really was curious to see how it tasted, so I decided to suck it up, and plunk down another $9; at the very least, we’d make sure we didn’t make the same mistake that we did last time!  Already learning our lesson, we placed it in the fridge instead of the freezer, gave it a good chill, and poured it a few hours later. When they call it Spring Bubbles, they’re not exaggerating…this stuff is ridiculously carbonated.  This is an attribute

Winking Owl Moscato (Aldi)

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Couldn't have taken a gaudier pic of this if I tried. Winking Owl has always had a wide variety of wines, but the wife and I were never that interested, because they never offered a Moscato.  My wife will drink other kinds, but never reds, and it seems that Winking Owl’s main offerings were of the red variety.  So despite the cheap price tag, we stayed away.  Well, until I saw in an Aldi ad that they would start carrying a Moscato after all.  Then I was first in line to try it! I’m not sure if my local store was just getting ready for its arrival, or if it was popular right off the bat because the first few times I looked for it, there was a sign there, but no wine in its place.  Finally, after two or three weeks of this, they had a measly three bottles left one morning.  I decided to return later to buy it, when they were down to just two bottles.  Either our store doesn’t get much inventory, or they seem to be blowing off the shelves! Unfortunately here in Ohio, state

Christkindl Apple Punch (Aldi)

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If warm alcohol is your thing, then here you go... I love apples, and I love punch, yet I was not too keen on trying Christkindl’s holiday-inspired combination of both.  Why?  Because this is a wine concoction that is meant to be served warm, and for some reason, warm alcohol just doesn’t seem too appetizing to me.  Of course, you can be a rebel and enjoy it straight out of the bottle--hell, I could serve it chilled if I wanted to--but I figured that it was made to be enjoyed warm and would taste unappetizing if served at room temperature. At the same time, I wanted to review some Christmas items this year, but most of their holiday Special Buys have to do with chocolate, and on this particular trip, I was absolutely starved, and when I‘m hungry, sugar just sounds disgusting to me.  If you know me, though, you’ll know that there’s one thing the sugar rule does not apply to, and that’s alcohol.  I’m just about always game for it, and so I figured this would finally be the day

St. Gisbertus Halloween Sweet Red (Aldi)

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Aside from the cool label, I don't get what makes this a "Halloween" wine at all... Wine is not my forte…generally, the only time I drink it is when I want to get a good buzz on, and there’s nothing else in the house. For that purpose, I can force any kind of wine down…even the dry ones that taste, to me anyway, like they are made out of fermented rubbing alcohol instead of grapes. But every once in a while, I like to enjoy my wine, and there is no better way to get me to give one a go than to have the word “sweet” on the label. If “Halloween” happens to be on there, then it’s pretty much a guaranteed purchase. And when said concoction is just $5.99 (in Ohio, and a dollar cheaper in just about every other Midwest state) then please, just take my money. And that is the story of how I ended up with this bottle of wine, available as a Special Buy just in time for the Halloween season, from my local Aldi store. The one thing I did not take into consideration during th

Vivello Mango Moscato (Aldi)

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A refreshing summertime beverage. Summertime really brings out the best in Aldi’s alcohol selections, though I guess that statement could really apply anywhere, given my taste for sweet things, with summer being the main season where sweet drinks are always accepted.  So when I saw that they would be offering a mango Moscato via their ad, my wife and I knew we’d be jumping all over that. And jump over it we did, picking it up a day or two after it was made available.  I was relieved to see that it has a twist-off top…old-fashioneds and wine connoisseurs will no doubt laugh in my face for this, but I hate the unpredictability of corks.  Even with those fancy cork removers that prevent the cork from shooting anywhere, I still get nervous trying to pull one off; I trace this back to my younger years, when I idiotically removed a cork with my hands covering the top, allowing it to shoot directly in my palm.  Even though the lasting damage was little more than a few minutes of stingin

Landshut Riesecco Sparkling Wine (Aldi)

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Not too shabby, this one. This should come as a surprise to no one who knows me, but I do not have a refined palate when it comes to anything, but especially alcohol.  My taste definitely skewers toward the sweet side--as in, the sweeter the better.  This is why I still refuse to drink beer (and on a non-alcoholic note, coffee), and instead go for anything with tropical fruits, umbrellas, and sweet and sour mix.  Wine is typically not my thing, but my wife also enjoys a sweet wine every now and again (her favorite kind is Moscato), and I’ve been known to have a glass with her, though usually it’s only when no other alcohol is present in the house and I’m too lazy to leave the house to get some.  Moscato is definitely something that’s down my alley, but I also tried a Riesling a while ago and really enjoyed it. Well lo and behold, we noticed Aldi was offering a Riesecco in a recent ad.  Of course, this is a combination of Prosecco and Riesling, which is something I figured I’d

Coco Bay Coconut Rum (Aldi)

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You don't have to go to Malibu to get some decent cheap rum. I’m all for the cheap liquors.  While I sometimes enjoy getting some heavier stuff (i.e. 80 proof and up) to get a nice buzz (or occasionally, a drunk) on, other times I just want to relax with something refreshing, just to take the edge off.  Of course, state laws prevent Aldi from selling anything above a certain ABV percentage, so while you won’t find anything that will get you nice and hammered, they do have great year ‘round options to cover those searching for a light, relaxing drink. As you can tell from the similar colors of the bottle, Coco Bay is a knockoff of the Malibu brand of rum, which is generally in the $12-14 price range, depending on the state.  Similar to that brand, Coco Bay is 14% alcohol, yet retails for almost half the price, coming in at just $6.99 in Ohio.  That’s $3 cheaper than the next cheapest coconut rum I’ve seen, which was $9.99 on sale.  This makes it an excellent deal on paper, but

Beach Dai-Q-Ri (Aldi)

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Not for fans of hard alcohol. In case you were ever thinking about giving me a “man card”, which if you have ever read any of my other posts I don’t think that could even be an option, I have a confession to make:  I don’t drink beer.  Actually, that’s something that anyone that knows me learns pretty much right off the bat.  Most people are goaded into it at some point in their life, forcing it down simply to fit in with friends, and that time is generally referred to as “college”.  Having never gone, I never had the ‘misfortune’ of cramming large quantities of something disgusting down my throat until it starts to taste not-so-disgusting, which is referred to as an “acquired taste” (see: coffee). Now this isn’t to say I don’t enjoy drinking, because I do.  But if I’m out with friends, you’re probably going to find me drinking something the ladies are drinking.  And that is probably as good a segue as I’m going to get as a lead-in to why I purchased this Strawberry Beach Daiqu