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Valley Vineyards

Valley Vineyards
Honey Mead

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Dessert

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.5% RS: 15%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$15.99
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Valley Vineyards
Honey Mead

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Dessert

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.5% RS: 15%
Brilliant gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of honey baked apple and pear tart and spiced melon with a supple, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length spicy peach nectar, sultana, and nuts finish. A delicious dessert mead with great fruitiness and acidity reminiscent of a late harvest dessert wine.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: honey baked apple and pear tart and spiced melon
Taste Flavor: spicy peach nectar, sultana, and nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Moderately Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Peach Cobbler, Camembert, Chevre
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delicious dessert mead with great fruitiness and acidity reminiscent of a late harvest dessert wine.

The Producer

Valley Vineyards

The Producer
2276 E US 22 and 3
Morrow, OH 45152
USA
1 513-899-2485

Their Portfolio

91 Valley Vineyards Honey Mead 11.5% (USA) $15.99.

Traditional Mead

Traditional meads should incorporate only honey as a fermentable ingredient, along with water and of course yeast. They can range in character from dry to semi-sweet to sweet, and may be sparkling or still. While not necessarily “traditional”, they may also be fortified and/or barrel-aged. Whether the honey used is a single varietal or a mixture, it is important for a successful traditional mead to evidence the floral nature of the honey; indeed, it should be the defining characteristic. Some acidity is often desired to balance sweetness, but this is not necessary. Lighter versions may be analogous to white wines of corresponding sweetness/dryness, but should present distinctly honeyed emphasis.