Easley Reggae Red

Price: $6
Maker: Easley Wine, Indianapolis, Indiana
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork
Alcohol: 10%
Our Rating: 7 out of 10

Do you have friends or family members who crinkle up their nose if you offer them wine? Who go, “Eeuuwwww, that’s sour!” when they taste a nice cab or merlot? Well, if you need to serve them something they definitely won’t find sour, Easley Reggae Red might be just the ticket. This wine is described as a red table wine, but it’s not likely it would surface in a Paris cafe. The color is a sort of dark blush. This wine’s aroma is surprisingly robust and pleasant, suggesting honeydew melon and strawberries. These notes continue into the flavor, combined with overwhelming sweetness and just a hit of tartness in the finish that save it from being a complete sugary blowout.

Easley is a small winery in downtown Indianapolis. On a previous trip to that city, I took a tour and found the hosts to be friendly and knowledgeable about the winemaking process. Their offerings definitely tilt toward the sweet end of the spectrum, but not all are as sugary as this one. (Among their offerings is an interesting mead.)

At 10% alcohol, you are more likely to get a sugar high from Reggae Red than get inebriated, but, for its purpose, it’s probably a fine wine. The winery says, “Bursting with fruit and fun, smooth and sweet. Recommended pairing: Pizza or Seafood Gumbo.” We also spotted an interview with one of the proprietors who suggested pairing Reggae Red with chili.

12 thoughts on “Easley Reggae Red

  1. Mary Kay Siefer

    I LOVE your wine, the red,white and the blush. I used to be able to purchase it at The Andersons and Meijers in Lima, OH now neither carry it anymore
    :- ( Where can I find it? I live in Ohio in Putnam county. I am willing to drive just tell me where!!

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    1. Joe Pellman

      If you live in Putnam County, you can now get Reggae Red at the Red Pig Inn in Ottawa. You should also able to find it in multiple Kroger locations throughout Ohio through Heidelberg Distributing. Cheers!

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  2. carol geeting

    can I have a few bottles shipped of Reggae Red? I called the easley winery and they don’t ship.
    thanks
    carol

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    1. Roger Post author

      Shipping wine, particularly across state boundaries, can be complicated due to varying laws. Your best bet would be to check with a big wine shop or beverage distributor to see if they can get it for you.

      Someday, perhaps, we’ll all be able to order wine as easily as we order books or electronics. At the moment, though, the beverage distributors contribute to state lawmakers and in many states successfully limit our ability to buy wine for home delivery.

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  3. Misty

    You wont be able to find it in Fl.. Try Keel Curley, I think is how its spelled.. Mixed berry pinot at Publix

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  4. Nancy

    I love Reggae Red but many stores in Ohio have stopped carrying it. I have checked Krogers and Meijers-no Reggae. Can itbe shipped?

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