The cork rolled across the counter exposing these words: Be. Radiant, Be. Bright, Be. Fresh, Be. Flirty. I thought to myself, “Okay, I’m in. But what about ‘Be. Pissy’ or ‘Be. Medicated’ and what’s with all the periods?” I really think this wine line could be expanded to encompass several other adjectives if we were being honest. Don’t you? Let me get right to the point. This is a wine for chicks with poor punctuation. Twenty something chicks, thirty somethings, eighty somethings and every something in between. Wine dudes, this is not an invitation for you to leave because chances are good you either have a chick in your life or will have, in one form or the other. We’re not here to judge anything but the wine, people! Just the wine, only the wine.
Who among us does not adore an enormous bouquet of flowers and a smelly bottle of perfume? (unless your are allergic – in which case, I apologize in advance) This wine is absolute floral. So, it’s kinda funny I decided to plop this insanely cute bottle in the middle of one of my flower pots before opening the bottle. Once in the glass, a single whiff transported me to the middle of a flower garden. It was the Summer’s Eve commercial all over again! (no period pun intended) Hell, I might be tempted to douche with it later…or not. But, seriously ladies (and wine dudes), Be. Flirty Pink Moscato 2011 isn’t as much flirty as it is girlie. So much in fact, it would leave the most butch girl I know screaming to wear pink ruffled panties and Bonne Bell’s Lip Smacker. Don’t believe me? I double-dog-dare ya to try it!
From the website: “Inspired by a perfect blend of confidence and playfulness with a delightful finish of fun, Be.Flirty Pink Moscato beckons you to pull out the stilettos, and maybe dab a little of that expensive, special-occasion perfume on your neck as you head out the door to share some wine with the girls.” For the record, stilettos aren’t flirty, they’re sexy (and evil, if your arches are shot like mine) if not a bit trashy when paired with the wrong outfit. Your far better off to leave the hooker heals stashed in the dark corner of the closet and opt for a pair of fluffy pink bunny slippers if your going to girl-up and drink this vino.
All kidding aside, Beringer vineyards the makers of Be. Flirty are really quite serious about wine. It is a winery steeped in a rich heritage. In 1868, Jacob Beringer left Germany to continue his passion for wine making in California. He purchased land in Napa Valley with his brother Frederick in 1875 and a year later, Beringer winery was born. During the construction of the winery, Frederick wanted to create a California villa similar to that of his families estate at Mainz-on-the-rhine in Germany. The 17 bedroom mansion boasting 40 stained glass windows cost just $28,000 to build at the time. Roughly $6,000 of that cost was for windows alone. In 2001, the entire winery site was designated a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. It was also one of the few wineries to survive prohibition in the 1920’s. Beringer had received the proper permits to continue making wine for medicinal and sacramental purposes. (yeah right) It is also the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley.
Another interesting find during my research is related to storage and aging. The brothers employed Chinese workers to hand-chisel rock tunnels totaling 1,200 linear feet for this purpose. The tunnels, maintain a modest temperature of 58 – 60 degrees Fahrenheit year round. It was an incredibly long project, taking 10 years to complete, but those same tunnels are still used to this very day. Take that, Gaza!
(And you thought you wouldn’t learn something fantastically educational in this post!)
All in all, I really enjoyed this wine and the price. We picked up this dainty bottle for under $ 10.00 at our local Albertsons. It was a wonderful reminder that being a little girlie and flirty from time to time is okay. We can be whatever or whomever we want to be, are destined to be or need to be as long as we are able to just, Be.
*Note: Fred Meyer is running a sale on Be. Flirty for $6.99 right now! We picked up a second bottle on 6/21/12. Hurry in before the sale ends!
Just for fun: What awesome adjective would you use to create your own “Be.” label? Leave a comment. We would love to see what you come up with!
Aromatique: Juicy berry with an intense floral aroma.
SipQuips: Very sweet flowery flavor with strawberry notes.
Kitchen Couplings: I enjoyed this vino with a of Finnish Summer soup (potatoes, leeks , carrots and peas), but I would recommend pairing it with dessert rather than a meal. Perhaps strawberry shortcake or a decadent frosted chocolate brownie? A sweet dessert will diminish the sweetness of the wine.