I wanted to be a singer when I grew up. Starting at the age of 3, I would belt out lyrics to songs from flicks like "Grease", "The Little Mermaid", "Wizard of Oz" and "Annie". For added effect, I'd turn a hairbrush or remote control into a pretend microphone as I sang along with the movie. I'd use pots and pans as drums and even whistle when necessary. There were occasions when I'd sit my whole family down on the couch in front of me and force them to listen to me sing. Of course, they always smiled and clapped when it was done mostly because they were happy it was over. My voice was pleasurable but not anything to write Oprah about. I wasn't a child star like Christina Aguilera, but it was clear I had something other people didn't. Now, if you ask me, my love for music is genetic. My dad's mother was a vocal coach and at one time was invited to sing with the Metropolitan Opera. Her entire family played instruments and sang as far back as she can remember. My dad, too, inherited this gene. As a child, he was asked to audition for the Disney Mouseketeers. He played the trumpet and sang in various groups throughout his twenties. When I finally met him at 18, I felt validated knowing that I came from a musically inclined family. Unfortunately, my plans to become a famous pop singer never panned out. I blame it on not enough years of practice and a very unstable childhood. Who knows what could have happened if I had the right coaching and discipline? Today, I still have a love for music that is undeniable. You can catch me belting out the latest tunes in the car, in the shower, or anywhere the moment strikes me. Heck, I even sing when pouring a glass of wine.
What is it about a Nestlé Drumstick® that drives women crazy? At a recent tasting, we sampled the ice cream cone with several different wines. After one bite, the noises the women were making could only be likened to an orgasm. I was so embarrassed by the reaction I couldn't help but blush. Then to make matters worse, two of the women described how they like to eat the dessert. This entailed sucking the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone. By now, I was turning bright red. I hadn't pictured the tasting going like this. I quickly changed the subject and got straight to business. "Now ladies, what do you like about wine number one with the dessert?" I said. In the end, we all chose Twisted River Bin 475 Sweet Dornfelder from the Rheinhessen region of Germany. Dornfelder is quickly becoming Germany's most popular red grape. This particular wine is a sweet version of the varietal. The wine has notes of blackberries and plum and is somewhat reminiscent of Welch's grape juice on the palate. As a side note, this is a great wine for people who are beginners to wine and need something slightly sweet in order to enjoy it. This is also one of the very rare, sweet red wines on the market. The wine isn't over the top complex but it is enjoyable with a Nestlé Drumstick®. After a bite of the food and then a sip of wine, the chocolate flavor found on top of the cone takes center stage. Both the wine and dessert are creamy, mirroring each other. Because the wine is served slightly warmer than the ice cream, it feels as if you've just poured a hot topping over the dessert. The two come together and become one very easily and the wine has just enough acidity to cleanse the palate in-between bites. I hope you'll explore this somewhat unknown varietal and decide for yourself if it deserves to make its way into the lime-lite. In the meantime, enjoy this fun sweet version after dinner or anytime the desire arises for a Nestlé Drumstick® and wine!
Wine featured in this photo: Twisted River Bin 475 Sweet Dornfelder