Mead wine, an alcoholic beverage known for centuries, is popular across the world because it is created with honey and water, and fermented with yeast. Wine grapes may grow successfully in some areas, but honey and water are available in all areas, allowing for a creation of alcoholic content ranging from mild ale to strong wine.
After a string of visits to casinos and bars in search of my quest, I began to despair. I had already perused the liquor sections of major and minor stores in a hundred-mile radius. Trader Joe’s staff were very polite, but said they doubted anyone in the Reno area carried it.
The Internet listed many websites, which I enjoyed reviewing. I really wanted, though, to see if this area of Northern Nevada provided an international favorite among their selections.
My mission was successful. I visited the Ben’s Fine Wine and Spirits, (telephone number is 775-337-2367) located at 2990 Sullivan Lane, Sparks, Nevada. Ben’s is a local company, with stores scattered across the Reno area. They carry one type of Mead wine, produced by Chaucer’s Cellars, located in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California. It’s an attractive bottle, and comes with a mulling spice bag. It boasts 100% honey on the bottle. The price is $12.99 for a 750 ML bottle. The customer assistants at Ben’s were very cordial, commenting that Mead Wine is more of an item that is geared to a tasting hosted by a winery. They carry the one offering as a courtesy.
If you are in an adventurous mood, research the Internet listings of mead cellars across the world, such as the United Kingdom, Canada, New York, and California. Find out their tasting schedule and make it an adventure to attend. That is how I discovered the unique tastes of mead ales and wines.
Meanwhile, if you visit Reno and are hankering for Mead wine, give Ben’s Spirits a call for the closest one to your location. I’ve been assured that “Mulled Mead Wine ” is a comforting warm drink in the wintertime.
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