If you have a penchant for black cherry soda, this is definitely your wine. I ain't bein' mean, neither. Stella Rosa's Stella Black is big bubbly and tickles your throat like White Rock black cherry soda did when you was a kid.
I suppose the nanny staters will claim that the target market is high school kids (or sixth graders, depending upon which of them you ask), but the real target market is people who aren't necessarily wine aficionados. The wine is fun and it beats the heck out of stuff like Boone's Farm, which isn't even wine anymore. Tax policy has consequences: Make it more expensive to make cheap wine? Voila! Boone's Farm morphs into a malted beverage. Not sure that's an improvement.
Stella Black is semi-sweet and smooth. It's from the Piedmont region of Italy. At five percent alcohol, it isn't going to hammer you. On the down side, plenty or residual sugar mean plenty of carburetors (carbs) and calories.
You ought to be able to find this newest release from Stella Rosa for around ten bucks American. I hear they're doing a land office business. If you live in the southland, you can pick some up at San Antonio Winery, which is the only surviving pre-prohibition winery in So Cal.
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