Pomegranate Wine, Ararat Valley, Armenia $9.99
Even for wine, this stuff is intense. It basically tastes like that bottled pomegranate juice - but sweeter, more viscous, and, um.
As for how easy it goes down, I can say somewhere between "young port" and "desser wine". But if you chill it awhile in the fridge, the wine tightens up and makes an awesomely tangy apertif.
What's really cool about wine made from pomegranates - they do their thing differently than grapes, so it upends a lot of people's expectations about what wine is supposed to be.
By Claire Miccio
Published: October 12, 2005