Product Type: Sainsbury's Wine
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Sainsbury's Ginger Wine
Member Name: cerys82
Sainsbury's Ginger Wine
Advantages: Warming, rich, great price,
Disadvantages: Not to everyone's taste
I was introduced to this product by my dad a few years ago as he is an advocate of the winter cocktail "whisky mac" that is, whisky mixed with a proportion of this -ginger wine.
Back in the day, I used to drink the main branded version by Stones. However, that has changed since Sainsburys launched their own version. Stones in itself was never really that expensive, always being around the £4 mark. However, at £2.96 for this own brand version it seemed positively scandalous to ignore it!! anud the texture itself is not too different from a normal spirit.
When it hits your tongue you get this slight heat from it and a sweet gingery taste. The Sainsbury's version in particular is proud of its raisiny taste which adds an unexpected sweetness and richness. The spiciness and all round depth of flavour means that, in general, when drinking, a little goes a long way. And I have to be honest, this is not a drink for the middle of summer - you will get the best out of its warmness on a cold evening. The warmness of the ginger just lingers wondefully and travels down your throat. I often drink it when I just fancy a little something warming and alcoholic without going right for the spirits.
So, onto the drinking. Essentially, it smells gingery and quite sweet. The colour is almost a light browny bourbon type colour
Aside from the aforementioned Whisky Mac, the bottle also advises you can use them mixed with vodka and brandy. Be careful here, because as nice as they are, they can blow your head off if you are not a fan of neat spirits.
I also use this in my Christmas cake recipe, on the advice of a Good Housekeeping Christmas recipe. Essentially, I soak all my fruit in a generous proportion of this and brandy. With the addition of stem ginger chopped, it gives an absolutely divine rich, warming, deep flavour to your cooking.
At 13.5% vol alcohol, it does in itself have quite a lot of potential to get you quite recked in quantities. But you are likely to find, like I did, that the warming and depthness of flavour that its not exactly something that you knock back.
If you like this product, I would also advise that you seek out the non-alcoholic ginger wines, particular the hot versions, that are available at many independent health food shops, but in particular is often on special offer at Julian Graves stores.
Please note that the packaging is now slightly different to that shown in the photo.
In conclusion, this is a lovely warming tasty drink - perhaps not for everyone but a definite must try for fans of ginger. This maybe doesn't have the depth of flavour and heat that Stones has, but at this price it is a more than worthy competitor!
Summary: An essential winter warmer