Some Tips to Help You Enjoy Your Bubbly

You can enjoy your sparkling wine a bit colder than you enjoy other white wines. It’s suggested that the best temperature to serve you bubbly is 40º F

Like other types of wines, all sparkling wine isn’t created equal. Below you will find the suggested temps to enjoy a variety of bubbly.

Wishing you all of you a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Cheers

White, sweet, sparkling wines: 46ºF

Red, sweet, sparkling wines: 50ºF -53ºF

Tannic, sparkling wines: >57ºF

Dry, sparkling wines: 46ºF-50º F

Got a special vintage?: 53ºF

 

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Name of Wine: Saperavi 2015

Description: This dry red is full bodied, bright but spicy. Aged in stainless steel with French oak.

Smell: Dark berries, heavy oak

Taste: Blackberries and tannin rich

Pair With: Sharp cheese and smoked sausage

ABV: 13%

Cost: $ 14.99

Opinion: This wine is a good cook out wine, it goes well with smoked sausage and grilled turkey burgers ( I don’t eat beef). You definitely will want to enjoy this with some grilled meats. You can also have a glass of it solo. I would have it again, it had a nice taste profile to it.

Rating: 87/100 points

Don’t Judge a Wine by Its Cap

After a stressful day at work, your friend invites you to enjoy a bottle of wine at her place. She comes out the kitchen with a bottle and two glasses. As she approaches the dining room, you cant help but notice something is off. *****record scratch*****. Is that a twist (screw on) cap on the bottle?

Now I know what you’re thinking. There appears to be wine sorcery afoot right? No, its not and seeing as your friend invited you over for wine, I’d suggest you drop that judgmental attitude and be a gracious guest.

Screw caps aren’t just for bargain wines anymore. When I am shopping for wines, I have noticed that there are plenty of white wines with screw caps (Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc for example). Some red wines have screw caps too but those wines are best consumed while young.

I tried a Chardonnay with a cork and the other with a screw cap and can tell you there isn’t much difference in the taste. Both wines tasted the same. I have a battery operated opener but I like the screw caps due to convenience and portability. Its easier to screw off a cap vs popping a cork. Don’t judge a person or the wine they are drinking by the cap, the wine is fine.

 

 

Name: Lekker Rosé Wine

Description: Crisp, balanced acidity. Upon first sniff, I was intrigued with the layers of scents it has. The taste puckers your taste buds like it would if you took a bite of a lemon. Also had a slight watermelon taste towards the back of the palate. Definitely serve chilled as it will take the cold will take the edge off the pucker this wine has.

Smell: fresh raspberries, rose petals and hint of watermelon

Taste: Lemon, raspberry and watermelon

Pair With: I paired this with crab and avocado salad

ABV: 11.5%

Cost: $ 14.99

Opinion: Would I have this again? I am not sure. I am new to rosé  wines so some of these may be an acquired taste. If you love Rosé  this wine may be for you. I wouldn’t go out of my way to have it again.

Name of Wine: Graef Chardonnay 2013

Description: This chardonnay is rich in tropical flavor in the front with a slightly herby towards the back. Crisp and refreshing due to it being unoaked. Can be enjoyed with a meal or alone.

Smell: Mangoes, fresh cream, sweet spice

Taste: Citrus, butter

Pair With: I sampled this wine with turkey sausage, cheddar cheese and olives

ABV: 14.4%

Cost: $ 14.99

Opinion: Would I have this wine again? I would. I love white wines and this Chardonnay was refreshing in flavor.

I am thinking back to when I first decided I wanted to turn a wine blogger. My aim was to write about the wines I have tried and sharing where to get it from. I joined two wine clubs with the thinking that it had to be kind of fancy but not too costly. Well, that’s one of the delights of being a writer. You select your initial plans, roll up your sleeves and get to work. As you gauge your audience you are always granted to modify how you execute your plans.

So that is just what I was doing. My objective isn’t to get the attention of the upper class per say because they have steady access to premium wines. There are heap of blogs that cater to high end taste. My blog is for those who want to enjoy wine but don’t possess that high end budget.

So after a few months of being a member of two wine clubs, I resolved to venture out into stores who only carry wine and spirits and that’s how I came across a store called Total Wines. It’s a pretty large store with a vast selection. I could review wines for a reasonably long time without worrying about duplicate reviews.

I believe in enjoying life to the fullest and if you can do it on a budget, that’s even better. I was spending close to $90.00 per month for 6 bottles with the wine clubs. I looked around Total Wines and realized I could probably get more bottles a month for the price I am paying in membership dues and be able to sample some of my products before buying them. I am looking forward to the change up in my routine. I believe you all will like it as well.

As always, if you have suggestions of wine you’d like for me to try or looking for a wine suggestion, feel free to get hold of me. I am always receptive to new ideas, collaborations and sharing my knowledge with others.

Cheers!

Name of Wine: Quarry Hill 50/50 Strawberry Rhubarb Wine

Description: Rose color with rhubarb flavor at the front and fresh strawberries towards the back

Smell: Strawberry, Rhubarb, slight mineral notes

Taste: Fresh strawberry and tangy rhubarb

Pair With: I drank this wine alone chilled after dinner. I would pair this with a fresh fruit.

ABV: 12%

Cost: $ 14.99

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Name of Wine: Villa Thanisch Riesling Old Vines 2015

Description: Light bodied and semi-sweet at the initial taste and citrus towards the back.

Smell: citrus fruit, honeysuckle, white floral

Taste: Pear, floral, slightly acidic

Pair With: Lobster Bisque

ABV: 10.0%

Cost: $ 18.99

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Name of Wine: Upwell

Description: This is a wine best enjoyed with a light meal or dessert

Smell: rhubarb, watermelon rind and citrus

Taste: semi dry, citrus with hints of white floral

Pair With: I had a slice of angel food cake, you could drink this chilled, alone

ABV: 12.5%

Cost: $13.99

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Opinion: I would have this wine again. It’s a nice refreshing wine that doesn’ t necessarily need a meal to pair with it.

 

Thanksgiving is a few days away and I want to start this blog entry off with an apology. I truly meant to have this post out so you don’t have to shop in a hurry, but your humble writer has a history of tension and migraines and I have been out for the count since Wednesday of this past week. But I’m back now and wanted to give you all some good suggestions for your turkey day.

Before you panic about whether or not the wine is going to be out your price range, worry less. Y’all know I would let you know before you took the time to read this if the price is too much. Know that 95% of the time, when I look at wines to blog about, I will always remember my audience is mostly working middle to not so high class (I won’t dare use the word lower) and this blog is dedicated to you guys. I did this post because folks are asking me for a wine suggestion.

I’ve lessened the restriction on the comment section in hope that I get to interact with my audience and take questions if necessary. So after all this yapping, here is the list. Got questions? Feel free to ask me.

 

Gewurtzraminer: White Wine similar to Riesling
-Fetzer ($8)
-Chateau St. Michelle (I think I may have done a review on this one) ($11)

Sauvignon Blanc (White Wine)
-Oyster Bay ($10)
-Whitehaven ($14)

Riesling (White Wine)
-Chateau St Michelle Riesling Harvest (may have done a review) ($9)

Pinot Grigio (White Wine)
-Armani Pinot Grigio Venejie) ($10)
-Kris Point Grigio) ($10)

Pinot Noir (Read Wine)
-D’Autrefois Reserve Pinot Noir ($14)
-Rapiteau Pinot Noir ($10)

Keep in mind folks, I haven’t tried most of these wines, but I did do some reading on it, in regards to taste and notes. Now, if y’all think I should try some of these, leave a comment or email me and will happily review the wine of your choice.