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 {albero rosé}

It's finally getting warmer, which can only mean one thing for wine wednesday: the return of rose! 

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BOTTLE: Albero Rosé

Origin: Spain

What is it: Bobal Grape, Rose

Year: 2015

Where to find it: Trader Joe's (hell yeah) 

Price Range: $6.99-8.99 (depending on location) 

Thoughts: I love, love Spanish wine. Argentinian and Chilean are, of course, my favorites, but I'm a huge fan of Spanish wine. It's dry for a rosé, which I absolutely loved. I was expecting something sugary to hit my lips, but it's lack thereof actually made me enjoy it way more. Since it's so dry, it goes well with (apparently) fish and ham. But I paired it with an easy, salad from SweetGreen filled with quinoa, spinach, corn and tofu. And it was amazing. 

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 + The Secrets of Sommeliers

wine wednesday {prohibition red}

I bought this on a whim on Sunday night in prep for cooking some vegan mac + cheese {yes, I'm guilty of choosing wine by how good their label looks}. I've always been weary of red blends because you never know if they're going to taste good or bad. BUT, the label of prohibition red caught me eye and now here we are. 

So happy wine wednesday! May your wine glass never empty. 

BOTTLE: BIG HOUSE WINE CO. PROHIBITION RED

Origin: California 

What is it: Red blend (13.5% ABV)

Year: 2014

Where to find it: Whole Foods or use their store locator.  

Price Range: $6-10

Thoughts: This red is super juicy — like biting into a gusher juicy. It's super smooth and has lovely notes of berry + hints of spices. It's literally perfect for a chill evening when you're in pj's and eating leftovers + cuddling on the couch. Or with this mac + cheese recipe. Juuuuust saying, it was kind of the perfect combo to start off 2017. But if you like red wine, but hate how dry they can be, you'll love this wine. Plus, they also sell it by the box. Because that Franzia life exists off university grounds too. 

Become a sommelier: Screw caps are on the rise! Though corks have been use for centuries, many vintners (aka a wine maker or merchant) are opting out because about 5% of all wines that use natural corks can taint the smell + flavor. Yes, 5% doesn't seem like much. But the tainted wines will have an odor + taste similar to fungus, which is totally no bueno because one bad taste and consumers might be off that vineyard forever. The good news? If this happens to you, you've more than likely experienced a bottle that has a bad cork. If you're at a restaurant, simply ask them to replace the bottle. And if you're at home, contact the vineyard or company, and they should replace it for free. So here's to the screw caps! 

And ICYMI: Last year, I began learning about what goes on behind-the-wine each week with the help of Wine: A Tasting Course. But over the holidays I was gifted a new book, Secrets of the sommeliers, which now is guiding my "become a sommelier" section each week.

wine wednesday {clos sainte-anne}

Hello and happy Wednesday! I hope you guys are all having a fast and fun week. Can you believe the holidays are here? As my fave blogger, The District Darlings, said, "Happy Alcoholidays!" I started Wine Wednesday a little early last night and dug into a second bottle of this clos sainte-anne! 

So on that note, here we go! 

BOTTLE: Château du Clos Sainte-Anne

Origin: Bordeaux, France

What is it: Bordeaux Red Blend

Year: 2014

Where to find it: Virgin Wines + WSJ Wines. 

Price Range: $18-22

Thoughts: It's smooth + tarte, with hints of spice. I think it's light enough that it can be mixed with other liquors or *COUGH COUGH* used as in mullen wine. l'd definitely recommend it with a hearty slab of cheese, crackers + olives. Honestly, though, this wine is perfect for the dropping temperatures. Pick up a bottle then try out THIS awesome mulled wine recipe (skip the kirsch + add some extra spice!) 

Become a sommelier: So Bordeaux wine is some of the most expensive and pompous wine that you can buy, apparently, though not as pretentious as Burgundy wine. Some bottles can cost over $1000, and the flavors the originate from here have been sought after by aristocrats and royalties for centuries. The wine is distinct and known by its heavy, full-bodied flavor, high ABV + high acidity. 

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! 

 

Wine Wednesday: Halloween Wine

Hello and happy #winewednesday! If you're more of a social person, than a blog person, you may have watched my LIVE video where I tried four wines in real-time — exactly how I do for my weekly post! I called is Wine-Almost-Wednesday. 

If you missed it, catch up here. Done? Great! Did you like the mysterious hand than handed me an empty glass? Maxim thought it was hilarious. If you liked it, hated it, none of the above, let me know!

Anyways, below is my review of those four wines and where to find them {ahem, World Market}. And if you're looking for something to soothe the pain of tonight's final presidential debate, these are ALL 20% off (when you buy four or more!) Get after it, kids. 

TL;DR 

  • Rest in Peace wins for best all-around wine 

  • La Catrina loses for tasting like a fruit roll-up 

  • Monster Mash wins for best base for a cocktail or mixer 

  • Insomnia wins for best dinner wine 

(Listing these in the order that I drank them)  

BOTTLE: Monster Mash 

Origin: California 

What is it: Red Blend (Zinfandel + Petite Sirah)

Year: 2013

Where to find it: World Market! 

Price Range: $7-$12

Thoughts: It's smooth + tarte, like fruit juice, but light enough that it can be mixed with other liquors. l'd definitely recommend it as a mixer for some spooky drinks (hint hint, Buzzfeed has you covered). Honestly, though I would consider this as more of a juice than a wine. Goes well with grilled meat, but I'd recommend some grilled tempeh, grilled zucchini.


BOTTLE: Insomnia  

Origin: California 

What is it: CabSav

Year: 2014

Where to find it: World Market! 

Price Range: $7-$12

Thoughts: Dry + tarte, but smooth. Faint berry taste. Maxim thinks it's the perfect "end of summer, beginning of fall" drink, and we both agree that it would make for a great Sangria base. It's supposed to go with beef and venison, but I'd probs recommend it with a salad topped with sweet potato.


BOTTLE: La Catrina 

Origin: California 

What is it: Sangria

Where to find it: World Market! 

Price Range: $7-$12

Thoughts: Day of the Dead wine with an amazing label. More into the label than the wine, which tasted like a mixed berry fruit roll-up. So if that's your thing, though, then this wine is for you. Otherwise, take a pass on it. 


BOTTLE: Rest in Peace  

Origin: California 

What is it: Red Blend

Year: 2012

Where to find it: World Market! 

Price Range: $7-$12

Thoughts: The label said that it goes with both a piza party or formal dinner, so already I knew that this was going to be the winner for the night. It was mellow, smooth + tarte, "if that makes sense" (quoting from my video). This was literally my favorite wine of them all. So much so that I continued to drink it after the video with my ramshackle dinner of leftovers. 

Become a sommelier: Screw caps are on the rise! Though corks have been use for centuries, many vintners (aka a wine maker or merchant) are opting out because about 5% of all wines that use natural corks can taint the smell + flavor. Yes, 5% doesn't seem like much. But the tainted wines will have an odor + taste similar to fungus, which is totally no bueno because one bad taste and consumers might be off that vineyard forever. The good news? If this happens to you, you've more than likely experienced a bottle that has a bad cork. If you're at a restaurant, simply ask them to replace the bottle. And if you're at home, contact the vineyard or company, and they should replace it for free. So here's to the screw caps! 

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! 

What are you drinking? Let me know in the comments below! 

 

 

What I Wore {Virginia Wine Festival}

Happy Monday! 

I spent Saturday out at Bull Run in Northern Virginia for the 41st Annual Virginia Wine Festival. A big thank you to Taste USA and the festival for having us (And to my fiance, Maxim, for being my personal photog). We had so much fun tasting from some of the best wineries in Virginia (catch up on my face here). Outfit-wise, I was so glad that I decided to go with comfort and function over looking too stylized. It was muddy, messy and the number of half-full glasses flying around made me surprised that my outfit survived stain-free! 

Scroll down to shop my look. P.S. My tank is 40% off at Lou&Grey! 

Tank: Lou & Grey (40% off!) | Sunglasses: Sunski | Necklace: South Moon Under | Bag: TJMaxx. Find similar here and here. | Bangle: Handmade from Ten Thousand Villages. Find similar here and here. | Shorts: Lane Crawford. Find similar here and here. | Denim shirt: American Eagle. Find similar here and here. | Shoes: American Eagle. Find similar here and here