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Versatile and easy on the palate

None apart from it can disappear quickly at parties .

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Blossom Hill Californian Red Wine-soft and fruity


Although my favourite tipple at parties is vodka and lemonade I still manage to enjoy a glass of wine at times. My wine drinking usually takes place at family barbeques, dining out in restaurants or pubs, or at home of an evening whilst watching television and relaxing.

Iím not averse to a drop of white although my favourite wines are definitely those of the red varieties. I used to prefer white but, over the last few years, I have become accustomed to reds. I find red generally easier to drink than white. This is just as well as I also understand that red wine is supposedly good for one, if drinking in moderation. Well, I donít drink too much wine but a small glass of red partaken on some evenings is most welcome. Occasionally Iíll even enjoy a medium sized glass. I donít get a head ache from drinking red wine, although probably this is due to not over indulging, although, perhaps strangely, even a glass of white seems to quite often cause a headache. I have tried many varieties of red from different regions of the world but I always seem to come back to Californian. I enjoy French wines in general but my real preference is nearly always for those from the West coast of America and, even more specifically for Blossom Hill Californian red.

Blossom Hill Californian red wine is, as stated on its label, soft and fruity. I find it extremely easy on the palate; it really goes down so smoothly and with ease. I find it soft without possessing a strong tang or after taste. And, although it is an easy to drink wine it is still full of flavour. I enjoy many wines, both red and white but reds are definitely my favourites. I'm especially partial to red Californian wines. I find these are usually very easy on the palate but still full of flavour. I don't pretend to be an expert on wines although I am managing to, gradually, sample quite a few! I can only try my very best to describe my thoughts on this particular make of wine.

Blossom Hill makes some of my favourite wines generally, as I also enjoy many from their range of whites and, although not so often, their rose. Their range of reds is good too although I mostly choose Californian red soft and fruity from the supermarket shelf. As I have said, I don't claim to be an expert and my budget tends to be for the cheaper wines but this is more because having tried more expensive wines and liking them to varying degrees, I have found that I enjoy Blossom Hill Californian just as much, or even more, than most costlier brands. I usually tend to spend around five to seven pounds on a bottle of red wine, although often choose those on offer, thus hopefully getting better value for my money. Although I donít necessarily believe a wine is better because itís mid-price range than cheaper as surely it comes down to personal preference in taste.


Blossom Hill class this wine as being:

ĎSoft and mellow with berry fruit aromas and a smooth easy finish.

A distinctive style, perfect any time.

Light and Fruity


Another advantage from my perspective to this wine is the fact that the glass bottle has a screw top rather than a traditional cork. Iím not very good at opening corks so this is a plus for me.

The 75cl bottle is 12.5% volume but it doesn't taste very strong to me, just very flavoursome yet beautifully mellow.


In my opinion this Californian wine is suitable to drink with most foods; I enjoy a glass with a meal such as pasta or, especially in summer, with a nice crispy salad. I feel it is an ideal choice when entertaining and can honestly say it seems to go down very well with most guests. I also wouldn't be without a bottle or two when having a barbeque; as it's red it goes with meat, or so Iíve been told, as I am not a meat eater.
Blossom Hill Californian also seems to be a popular choice at parties. I always buy some for such occasions. Any unopened bottles can be kept for up to twelve months. Admittedly, one month to three is more likely in my house.

I often have a small glass of this wine of an evening while watching television. After all, red wine is supposed to be good for one. I don't believe all I hear but I can easily believe this!

In my opinion Blossom Hill Californian is nice to drink in the afternoon or evening, at lunch time or dinner or for a pleasant evening drink.


Another plus is that it's readily available at most supermarkets and is reasonably priced. I usually pay around £4.50 to £5.00 for a bottle. Honestly, a great buy it for a tasty red wine which I prefer to many reds that sell at twice the price.


If you are partial to mellow red wines with rich berry tastes then this may well be one for you. It's pleasant, smooth and not too strong but has a ripe taste.

This wine goes down well with my guests.
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Deesrev 14.04.2013 17:20

I'll be singing that Beach Boy's tune for the rest of the day now Lorraine :~) Smashing review xXx

karalouk 28.02.2012 15:42

I'm not a wine drinker but great write up! E

Unigirl19 25.01.2012 00:36

I am not really a wine drinker but this wine sounds great! Brilliant review :)

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Region North America
Manufacturer Blossom Hill
EAN 5410316286961

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