Bully Hill Sweet Walter Red 1.5L
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"It?s a sweet red wine with tones of strawberry and red raspberry. Enjoy during or after dinner; perfect for sipping and listening to dear Uncle Walter play the piano. Pair this staple red wine with pizza and pasta" ~ winery notes
This is a red wine
Item ID: #24442
Location at store:124b
Size: 1.5L (bottle)
Closure: Screw Cap
Alcohol by vol: 11%

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"It?s a sweet red wine with tones of strawberry and red raspberry. Enjoy during or after dinner; perfect for sipping and listening to dear Uncle Walter play the piano. Pair this staple red wine with pizza and pasta" ~ winery notes

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Bully HillBully Hill's fate was set into motion almost 100 years before it's inception when founder Walter S. Taylor's grandfather started the Taylor Wine Company on the very same plot of land Bully Hill stands on today. After relocating to Pleasant Valley, NY and surviving prohibition the Taylor Wine Company became a leader of the New York Wine Industry.

Bully Hill's story begins when Walter joined the Taylor Wine Company as an Executive Vice President. He quickly realized that as Taylor grew it was becoming virtually impossible to control quality and preserve the honest family philosophy on which the winery was founded.

Walter became growingly concerned with the direction Taylor was taking under the protection of New York law--protection that let wineries deceptively make their wine under a veil of secrecy. Wineries could add dozens of chemicals, concentrates, water, and "foreign" juice to their wines without informing the consumer on the label. Deep in the middle of the night, under a veil of secrecy, wineries would receive deliveries of juice from California in "Tank Cars" to add to their wines. They could even still call their bottle of wine a New York wine!

Walter who became increasingly disgusted with this veil of secrecy began to publicly speak out against these "Tank Car" wineries. In 1970 while addressing the Wine, Spirit, and Whiskey Wholesalers of America Walter even went as far to say that, "When the wineries of Keuka Lake bottle their product the water level of the lake drops several inches!" Shortly after making that statement Walter was fired from the Taylor Wine for continuing to stir up controversy in the wine making world.

Determined to honor his family legacy by making honest wine with 100 percent New York juice Walter turned his attention on a new venture--Bully Hill Vineyards. Walter moved full steam ahead pushing against the New York industry for their deceptive practices. Walter even took to purchasing an old "Tank Car," painting it pink, and placing it in the vineyards. He declared to all his patrons, "A tank car at a winery delivering juice is like a pink elephant in the vineyards!"

Everything suddenly changed in 1977 when Coca-Cola acquired Taylor Wine. One morning Walter came into work to discover that they had filed an injunction against him and Bully Hill Vineyards-- preventing him from using the word "Taylor" on anything related to Bully Hill. Walter, believing that no one had the right to take his name from him quickly appealed but could not win against the behemoth legal team assembled against him.

In the end he was ordered to follow a list of stipulations dictating what he could and couldn't "say" when it came to his name and ancestry. The list banned Walter:

From using the word "Taylor" on anything relating to Bully Hill. Period.
From implying that Bully Hill was connected to or the successor of Taylor Wine. It is very important to remember that Walter from birth was entrenched in everything Taylor Wine and that he and his father started Bully Hill together to continue the winemaking traditions of his family.
From implying that Bully Hill Vineyards was the original Taylor Wine Company. Bully Hill does sit on the original site Walter's grandfather purchased in the late eighteen hundreds.
From implying that any of Walter's ancestors are or were connected to Bully Hill Vineyards. Walter's father was, in fact, a co-founder of Bully Hill Vineyards.
From implying that Walter's ancestors passed ANYTHING on to him in the art of winemaking or grape growing. Walter was a 4th generation Taylor family winemaker and grape grower, by definition his ancestors passed on their knowledge and skills on to him.
Adding insult to injury, Walter was ordered to hand over all his labels and promotional materials that violated the new court order to Taylor for destruction. Dressed in bib-overalls and a quilted vest he hopped on his motorcycle to lead a caravan of cars filled with supporters and a tractor pulling a manure spreader stuffed with all the materials set to be destroyed. As the caravan paraded through Hammondsport Walter's supporters waved a painted sheet that decreed "We Love Bully Hill and America." At Taylor, while Walter was handing over the materials for destruction the crowd behind him started to spell his forbidden last name, "T-A-Y-L-O-R." A member of the crowd then screamed, "WHAT DOES THAT SPELL?" and the crowd roared back "NOTHING!"

After the parade the caravan returned to Bully Hill to celebrate. They all believed that Walter had won. Walter who did not share their sentiments believed that he had been ruined forever. How was he supposed to make honest wine and run a company founded on honesty when he couldn't tell people who he truly was? Walter, who normally never missed a day of life at Bully Hill, disappeared. As several days passed the staff at Bully Hill began to worry. They decided to go search for Walter and make sure he was okay. As they approached his office which sat in an old white barn at the Bully Hill farm they heard a scream. Alarmed and concerned they rushed up to the office door to find Walter dancing around his office exclaiming, "That's it! That's it! They didn't get our goat! They didn't get our goat!" Several days later Walter emerged from the old white barn with a new catch phrase and a brand new label for a "Goat White Wine." Greeted by curious employees to see what he had been up to, Walter held up the new label and exclaimed, "They have our name and heritage, but they didn't get our goat!"?


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Great dessert wine

"This is my favorite go to red. I only prefer sweet wines. This is a full bodied wine but not heavy."


"It's my favorite!"

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Very good wine

"I like it because it's a sweet, strong wine. I've been drinking this for a a few years now and I enjoy it!"



"Love Empire Wine that sells my favorite, Bully Hill Sweet Walter Red."


Favorite Red wine

"This wine goes great with everything from a Pasta night to a great steak....highly recommend !!"


Sweet and smooth

"I'm a sweet wine drinker and I got a chance to try this in New Hampshire when my sister purchased a bottle for me. Could not find it in GA so ordered a case from Empire. Definitely one of my favorite sweet wines."


Sweet Wine



"This has always been my favorite wine and they don’t sell it in Las Vegas! So I’m so excited that I finally found a site that delivers it here!"

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Great Wine!

"My husband and I enjoy this wine a lot. It is sweet and flavorful without being overbearing. We find that it pairs wonderfully with h'or d'oeuvres, dinner, as well as, late night snacks."

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Sweet Walter red

"Best sweet red I have had !"


Travel to get It!

"My husband and I love this wine. We first had it at a party in Maryland about 4 years ago. We started out with the white and tried the red and now we are hooked. We always serve it at our parties and purchase cases to give to anyone who hasn't tried it.We were able to get it here in south jersey, and Delaware, now it's a little hard to find, so we travel to Baltimore to pick up a case.( Yes, it's that good!) Now that I know that I can purchase it online I can use the money I spend on gas and tolls for extra bottles!"




Great product

"Great product beautiful wine good service"


My favorite !


amazing. best sweet red i've ever had


Wonderful sweet wine

"Wine is great. All my friends love it and it makes nice gifts when we visit them"


My ordering experience was great! No broken bottles. Sweet Walter red is the BEST sweet red wine I have ever had. I have recommended it to many people


Fruity, Nice !!


Very good Sweet Red


I had tried it at a friends & liked it. So I found it on line. I like a sweet wine



"Very sweet, fruity, young wine. Great chilled. Grapey flavor. A bargain."


Sweet, smooth and mellow. If you like sweet wine THIS IS A GREAT CHOICE!

"Bullyhill Sweet Walter's Red wine is perfect for me. I shared some with my Aunt and my brother now my case is being split 3 ways. Oh, well just means Ill have to order more!"


A dark, thick, robust, smooth sweet.

"I was already a fan of Sweet Walter Red, but my wine store no longer carried it. I absolutely love it, and I'm ready for another case."


Sweetnes all caps

"If you like really fruity, sweet wine, this is the one. Emphasis on the sweet! Delish!"



"I tried this wine while in NY, bought some to share when I got home and have ordered and received the case. Everyone that has tried it LOVES it........"


Sweet Walter Red

"It's best chilled."


Very sweet as advertised. Nice aroma.

"Sweet Walter does not disappoint if you seek sweet red wine! Fun, easy to sip, great aroma. I also like to chill it then cut it 50/50 with bubbly water which to me makes for a refreshing way to enjoy Sweet Walter on a hot day!"


I meant to order the rose

"I am not a red fan and ordered the wrong bulky hill. It was good but still it was a red vs the rose"


If you like SWEET, this is for You!

"I'm a great fan of Jam Jar Shiraz which is sweet. So based on all the good reviews, I thought I'd give it a try, I didn't think there was anything SWEETER than Jam Jar but this Bully Hill Sweet Walter proved me wrong. I prefer my reds on the sweeter side but this was way over the side!!! It pretty much tasted like Welch's Grape Juice. Unfortunately, I would NOT order this again but to each their own. If really, REALLY, sweet wine is your thing, then I say go for it. I particularly, didn't care for it,"


Welsh's juice

"The bottle describes it as a "grapey red" which is an understatement. I'm usually pretty lenient with my reds but this was like grape juice from when you were 4 years old right down to the smell and after taste."

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