wine wednesday: a sulfite-free red for winter nights

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BOTTLE: Stellar Winery's Live-A-Little Really Ravishing Red

Origin: South Africa

What is it: 100% Shiraz grapes

Year: N/A

Where to find it: Whole Foods, Mom's Organic Market, Total Wine & More, Boutique Wine Shops (call ahead) 

Price Range: $9 

Thoughts: A lovely red that pairs perfectly with homemade pizza or a piping hot bowl 'ol curry. Fruity, but not too dry, and a little spicy. It's organic, sulfite-free and has less sugar than most wines. It's a perfect weeknight wine, which is why Maxim and I have found ourselves reaching for on our trips to Mom's Organic Market. 

Become a sommelier: Though wine has been made in the area that is now South Africa since the 1600s, it saw a major setback in the 20th century. Insects and pests ravaged vineyards, and for a large part of the century, the grapes were distilled into cheap brandy. But today, South Africa is one of the world's top ten sources of wine.

Enjoy your Wine Wednesday! 

And ICYMI: I'm learning what goes on behind-the-wine each week with the help of Wine: A Tasting Course. Buy the book and learn right along with me! 

wine wednesday {canned rose}

As I write this, the door to our balcony hangs WIDE open + it's still light after 6:30 p.m. And all of that could only mean one thing: ROSE SEASON IS BACK. 

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CAN: Presto sparking rose

Origin: Italy 

What is it: 11% ABV

Year: 2015-ish

Where to find it: Whole Foods — it's branded for the "cheaper" 365 market.  

Price Range: $12 for a four-pack. 

Thoughts: Uhm, it's rose in a can. It's literally amazing. This one is dry + sweet + I swear I can almost TASTE the summertime.

Become a sommelier: I'm like not even embarrassed to admit this, but I just spent multiple hours researching canned wine so that I could bring you guys some fun history. SO, Australian's invented canned wine, which is the most unsurprising wine fact ever. It was first done by two wine producers back in 1996, and Barokes Wine has since prided themselves on having the best system in the world for canning wine. They call it "VinSafe."  

Enjoy your Wine Wednesday! 

And ICYMI: I'm learning what goes on behind-the-wine each week with the help of Wine: A Tasting Course. Buy the book and learn right along with me! 

 

wine wednesday {mayu carménère-syrah}

Hellllo world and happy Wednesday! It's time for another Wine Wednesday, and quite frankly, one that is incredibly overdue. These past weeks have been crazy and hectic, and I've been drinking leftover wine and mini bottles of vodka that I would find in my freezer. I'm not as big of a shitshow as I look. I swear. 

BUT ANYWAYS, this weeks wine comes from Whole Foods and was bought on a whim because it was sale and I'm broke {like, always broke} and it was from Chile. I studied abroad in Chile and spent some extra time there after falling in love with the country and...well...I wanted to travel and avoid the real world and college for a little bit longer. Honeste. But seriously, I grabbed this wine along with my KiteHill cheese and guacamole and headed to the cash register without a second thought. 

So, without further ado, Wine Wednesday!

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BOTTLE: mayu carménère-syrah

Origin: Elqui Valley, Chile 

What is it: 55% Carmenere, 45% Syrah (14.5% ABV) 

Year: 2015

Where to find it: Whole Foods! 

Price Range: $15-20

Thoughts: Something that makes this wine unique is that it combines the local grape Carmenere with a French-imported grape, Syrah. The combination is smooth, fruity and round. It was aged in oak, so you get some of that earthy taste, but the grapes have an intense enough flavor that it's not overwhelming. It's perfect for sitting on the couch of your apartment, eating leftover cold pizza and watching 30 Rock re-runs. Honestly, though. 

Become a sommelier: So apparently wine dorks love to talk about how Carmenere almost went extinct as a grape. It originally {debatable} started in Spain, then moved to France + Italy before basically being wiped out. It's literally known as the "lost grape of Bordeaux." BUT, it apparently ended up in Chilean soil thanks to European immigrants who'd been growing wine from the "old country" forever. It wasn't until recently, though, that it was even discovered that this distinct grape was what it was. Up until the mid-1990s (when a DNA test proved otherwise), everyone thought that Chile just had a wicked distinct Merlot! The best part? It's now a "showpiece" grape for Chilean wine. And with that, dear wine lovers, I will leave you. 

Enjoy your Wine Wednesday! 

And ICYMI: I'm learning what goes on behind-the-wine each week with the help of Wine: A Tasting Course. Buy the book and learn right along with me!