With the tagline, “What’s domestic bliss without a little wine?” and a kitschy label, you know that Mad Housewife Wines are going to be anything but boring.
There is a time and a place for every wine.
Some wines are elegant, sophisticated, and meant to be aged and saved for special occasions.
Other wines are modern and bold, meant to be savored on their own over deep conversations with good friends.
And still other wines are simply conduits of fun that offer sparks of conversation and are affordable complements to good food.
Mad Housewife Wines fall under the latter category. And with Mother’s Day coming up, I thought I’d share these wines-with-a-sense-of-humor with my Bunco group – because what’s more appropriate than a house full of mad(ly awesome) moms trying Mad Housewife wines?
Mad Housewife Wines
From the very beginning, Mad Housewife Wines have been destined for fun nights with friends. Born out of the back of a Volkswagen bug in 2004, the winery has grown into a full scale operation producing award-winning wines out of Manteca, California.
The company states that these wines are produced specifically for “busy, multi-tasking women who handle the chaos of their lives with confidence and a sense of humor.” Oh hey, that’s me and my mom friends! ;)
To be completely honest, I find the majority of these wines are not meant to be opened and enjoyed immediately on their own. There’s a sharpness to each wine we tried that requires the softening of both breathing time and proper food pairings.
For instance, the Sweet Red really is super sweet; it’s a jammy red blend made mostly with Zinfandel. This one is best enjoyed with a handful of chocolate-covered blueberries or as a fruit salad marinade. This Simple Sangria recipe sounds like a good use for this blend as well.
The Cabernet Sauvignon is overflowing with ripe cherry, chocolate, and is best enjoyed with Marcona almonds, bacon-wrapped dates, or spiced olives.
The Merlot craves a cigar. Seriously. It drinks almost like a port wine, so I would enjoy this with an equally rich chocolate dessert… or a cigar.
You can find Mad Housewife wines on Amazon.com, and also in most grocery stores throughout the United States and some parts of Canada. While I find the Amazon price of $29.99 to be a bit high for these particular wines, you can find bottles at grocery stores and wine shops for anywhere from $7.99 on up.
While Mad Housewife wines wouldn’t be my first choice in wines because they’re just not my personal taste, they’re fun and interesting, and definitely spark conversation.. I think they would be great wines to cook with. They have flavor profiles that lend themselves to dishes like Red Wine Braised Short Ribs (either the Merlot or the Cabernet Sauvignon), Simple Pan-Fried Cod with Lemon and Wine (Chardonnay), or substitute the tea for the Sweet Pink wine in this infused Fruit Salad.
The fun labels, witty sayings, and wink-and-a-smile attitude of these wines make them creative Mother’s Day gifts, or gifts for that friend who could really use a smile.
Have you tried Mad Housewife wines? What other wines have you tried that have great labels that have stood out?
Thanks to Mad Housewife Cellars for sending me the wines shown here as media samples. As always, all opinions and photos are my own.