Since I finished my first interview, and my best friend in grad school also had her first interview, we decided to celebrate by drinking some wine as a little midweek break. We both have been super stressed out with trying to balance life, research, teaching, career development, interviews, and writing our dissertations (or thinking about writing, lol).
I was contacted by Mia Rosa Wines to try two of their dessert wines, and I said, why not, and this was the perfect opportunity to try them (Yes we finished both bottles in one sitting, but we took it slow and over the course of a few hours of chatting... Oh and they are both low alcohol percentage wine so you can drink it mid day with lunch or what not and not feel 'drunk').
Mia Rosa Wines are bottled and imported from Gattinara, Italy, but the company that imports and distributes the wine is local, based in Glendale, California. So this is a definite SoCal brand, and I love supporting local businesses!
I love Moscatos, my go to wine is white, and I'm not really a red wine girl. I didn't know what to expect with their red, but it ended up being very enjoyable and not very dry as I expected!
First up, the Mia Rosa Moscato White:
This wine was a little fizzy and bubbly at first sip, and it was very delicious and sweet! It had a very clean finish, and the taste didn't linger. I could taste flavors of apple, cantalope, peach, pear - it was very tasty! At 5.5% Alcohol by volume, I easily drank 2-3 glasses without feeling much! Easily a very nice wine to go to after a meal when you aren't ready for a rather wild night, and pairs easily with dessert, cheeses, or I even thought it would pair well with Thai food or other kinds of spicy food - the sweetness is a good level to counterbalance spice!
Next, the Mia Rosa Dolce Rosso Red:
This wine was also fizzy and bubbly at first sip, and it was a rather tasty red! It wasn't dry like other reds I have tasted, which I think made it more enjoyable for me. I could taste lots of flavors of berry - raspberries, red berry among others. Again, there is only 5.5% Alcohol by volume, so it is a nice light wine to enjoy during the day. I would pair this wine with some yummy dark chocolate (girls + wine + chocolate, perfect!), and maybe some fresh fruit.
I was really impressed with these wines, and even at the price! A bottle goes for $12.99, which is a great deal! I used to go with the cheaper wines (I'm talking like 6$ a bottle...lol, during my undergraduate days) but have recently started upgrading to 10-15$ bottles, so this wine falls right into my window! It is definitely an affordable and taste wine that are good for entertainment and hosting guests. If you sign up for their emails, you can get 25% off your orders and free shipping (so.....even cheaper wine...) at www.miarosa.com.
I had a good night chatting about life, work, among other things with my friend, and it was a nice mid week break to just relax and not have to worry about other things like grading or preparing slides, etc.
Have you heard of Mia Rosa wines? Whats your go-to wine when you are just looking to finish off your meal rather than get a little too crazy? Let me know in the comments below!