Crush Red Blend
Flavor notes: Sugar, moderate acidity, sugar, fruit, sugar
The verdict: Woodward was quick to insist that she's really not super snobby about inexpensive wine: "I used to slap the bag," she said after correctly guessing the retail price of Dreaming Tree as between $13-$15. But then she took a sip of the red blend.
"I hate this. This is an abomination. This should not exist," Woodward winced.
The problem is mostly with the fact that it's loaded with residual sugars, which completely throw off the aromatics and also generally lead to people's complete misunderstanding of wine. For Woodward, the animosity toward this wine seemed personal.
"Most wines are dry, in that they lack sweetness. There's no residual sugar or a barely perceptible amount of residual sugar," Woodward said. "And yet because ripeness of fruit can be perceived as sweetness for people, they get really confused and constantly say, 'Oh, what is the driest of these wines?' But this one does have some residual sugar, and that's a problem for me stylistically because people get used to drinking things like this, then they're like, 'We want a red that's not too sweet.' It's not supposed to be sweet."
DMB song pairing: "Don't Drink the Water"