wine wednesday {ruffino rosé}

So I would actually consider this as more of a rose champagne, but we should also find something to celebrate each day of our live so cheers to that! 

Maxim and I live next to a CVS that supplies a lot of alcohol, and so we often times find ourselves puttering on over in search of a cheap bottle of red or canned rose. We say this and thought we'd try it out as it was a newcomer to the shelves. 

It's bubbly + sweet + goes great with La Croix if you're more of a spritzer-type (shoutout to Kate). Cheers! xx 

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Ruffino Sparkling Rose

BOTTLE: Ruffino Sparkling Rose

Origin: Tuscany, Italy 

What is it: Prosecco (Glera) grapes

Where to find it: CVS, Target, Whole Foods, Total Wine & More. 

Price Range: $12-15 

Thoughts: I really loved this wine — like REALLY loved it. It's sweet and bubbly without tasting like carbonated sugar, which is honestly such a really struggle with rose. I tried it with cranberry juice + loved it, too. But for the best possible experience, drink it as a frosé during a picnic in the park with a spread of {vegan} cheese + crackers + grapes. Or on your balcony on a hot evening after work. {p.s. more frosé recipes here}

This bottle is totally my vote to bring to summer lunches when cans aren't going to fly. 

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 {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 {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: 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!