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Bottle Of Red, Bottle Of White, Wine October 25, 2012

WWOTW – Double Trouble

Today I am reviewing two wines because bad days require more than just one glass of wine.  Today was one of those days where just being “stressed out” seems like a walk in the park, and a nervous breakdown is about as imminent as a nerd getting a swirly.  The combination of staring at my account balance of exactly $11.19 and the fact that I haven’t had a second to breathe, suddenly gave me the feeling of impending doom.  So yes, I can shamelessly say that today is a two glass of wine kind of day.

Wine numero uno is a white, of course, ironically entitled “Wishing Tree”.  While I could use a wish (more like a miracle) at the present moment,  in today’s world believing that a wish could come true is about as crazy as believing prince charming will come whisk you away on his noble white steed.  For those of us who can’t find our valiant knight on a white horse, a shining bottle of white wine is a fantastic substitute; especially this week’s pick.

It is an un-oaked chardonnay, or as I like to call it “wine in the buff,” so it lacks the blanket of a slightly smoky flavor.  Instead it has a rather refreshing taste, like a cool breeze that kisses your face in the staggering heat of summer.   Notes of fresh peach, rich sultry pear, delicate apple blossom, and invigorating lemon play on your tongue like children on a beach.   Each sip is vibrant, delicately fruity and leaves you with a bright tang reminiscent of orange zest.  I enjoyed my glass with a seasonal butternut squash ravioli and arugula salad, but this marvelous wine would be a delightful complement to any meal.

Wine number two is a red, the perfect wine for days when light and fruity just doesn’t cut it.  Continuing in the ironic names that seem to annoyingly mock you when life has you down on your luck, this one is called “Live a Little”.  This one walks on the tangier side of red, combining ripe raspberry with a hint of sensuously sweet cherry.   The undertones are just as tempting as the body, intertwining faint hints of earthy vanilla, the sharp bite white pepper, and soft smoky soft tannins.  Dig a little deeper and you can taste luscious and slightly sinful chocolate and a rich nutty essence creating what I like to think of a more enjoyable version of a chocolate covered cherry.  It seems like the perfect counterpart to a big juicy hamburger or a warm snuggly couch; either way you can’t go wrong.

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Keep you wallets full and your mouths happy!

<3 DD

Copyright © 2012 Christine Van Arsdalen. All Rights Reserved

Bottle Of Red, Wine October 4, 2012

WWOTW- It will “Bogle” your mind

Well this is one day I have to say TGIW- Thank God it’s (Wine) Wednesday; a little delicious vino is definitely making this debate a little easier to swallow.  I have to confess this bottle was not one I would normally pick.  No, not because it is red, we all know how I feel about that, but because it is not a screw top. After an unfortunate accident of being stranded without a corker, (don’t judge I know you’ve been there) I tend to pick bottles that take the guesswork out of opening them. My Mom likes to call that idiot proof.  She swears she’s not talking about me, but I have my suspicions.  In any case, this week I found myself sick with a nasty head cold so I sent my Dad to the liquor store (and since he is 2 for 2 on good picks, I might just send him every week).  Did I mention it was only $9.99, go Dad!

The first thing I noticed upon opening the bottle was a rather pungent aroma of fruit.  Not the normal orchard perfume you get from a chardonnay, more of the bright citrus scent of a Pinot Grigio.  Right away I knew this was a special bottle of wine; not the special your Dad calls you when walk in to a glass door, more of an “I just got a full ride to Princeton” special.  After careful corking and a coy knowing smile that came from hearing that signature pop for the first time in a while, my mouth was flooded with a cornucopia of aromas that would have made the first thanksgiving look like an appetizer. Each tantalizing aroma was unique and unexpected, yet somehow managed to create enticingly smooth bouquet. At first there was a strong note of the sweet nectar of pears and the tang of a granny smith apple that comes with any chardonnay.  However, what happened next really sent the fireworks flying.  As the apple faded to lemon, I began to taste a bit of a familiar fall flavor.  I was pleasantly surprised to find a hint of clove and nutmeg; spices that make you feel like your snuggled under a warm comfy blanket. Though I loved the baking spices, it was the finish that really blew me away.  Get your minds out of the gutter people I don’t mean that kind of finish.  After going from fresh, to cozy, I was left with the creamy luscious taste of butter; a nice end to a well casted composition.  If you like apple pie, I am pretty sure you will enjoy this wine, especially with a light fish or a crisp pizza. Personally I am looking forward to mulling some on the next chilly fall night.

Keep you wallets full and your mouths happy!

<3 DD

Copyright © 2012 Christine Van Arsdalen. All Rights Reserved

Bottle Of Red, Wine June 14, 2012

WWOTW- Beringer: don’t adjust your screen you read that right ;)

ImageIt may snow in June because I writing about yet another red wine.  That’s about as rare as Hugh Heffner getting married.  What’s even more shocking is that the wine is from Beringer, a brand I had previously snubbed off as too sweet.  They certainly brought their A game this time, sporting a new taste and an updated label.  Ladies and gentleman this is not your mothers Beringer.  Their Founders Estate Cabernet Sauvingon packs a surprisingly sophisticated punch.  Combining flavors of dark cherries, vanilla and oak it, is reminiscent of an adult version of the ice cream.  Oh stop making the “ick face” that does not mean it is sickly sweet, it simply has those undertones.  It actually has a very smooth flavor and an even better finish.  I can see it going well with a nice juicy steak or a pork chop; it’s a very full bodied wine that demands a robust meal.   However, for having all that aroma, it is a very light wine.  It doesn’t have that usually syrupy thick oak taste that you get from a lot of red wines.  Instead it has a rather refreshing clean zest to it with just a hint of sweetness.   I can definitely say I’m officially a fan; I tasted the bottle, now I’m a believer.  Think it’s too good to be true and my carriage is going to turn out to be pumpkin, go buy it and try it yourself.

Keep your wallets full and your mouth happy
<3 DD

Copyright © 2012 Christine Van Arsdalen. All Rights Reserved

Bottle Of Red, Wine May 24, 2012

WWOTW- Tussock Jumper

 I can honestly say that this week’s wine wins the award for most fun to say and best back story.  In fact it was its name, Tussock Jumper, that made me want to buy it.  I mean you can’t walk past a wine named Tussock Jumper and not buy it; it sounds like something drunk people yell out a party, i.e. a good time.  To top it off the label had a sheep with a sweater, which I came to find out was the sheep behind the wine.  According to the story Tussock Jumper was a wine loving sheep who wanted to use only native varietals. Naturally since they seemed to have a quirky and slightly ridiculous sense of humor like myself, I had to find out what this wine was about.  The color of it was probably the lightest of ever seen, it was barely yellow.  At first sip the wine reminded me of candied bacon, possibly because I had just devoured a bacon cheeseburger (don’t judge I like my beef), but it had a sweet yet slightly smoky taste.  On second sip I tasted more of a fruity mix.  It was tropical with a hint of pear, tangerine and kiwi.  Of course it had my attention of this point so I had to keep drinking.  I mean if I had stopped at two sips I wouldn’t be able to tell all of you how it tasted.  So after 3 sips it kind of grew on me like that bag your mom gets you that seems fugly but then goes with most of your outfits.  I will definitely be buying a bottle again.  It seems like a great bottle to eat with a carton of lo mein while sitting around with your friends.  Anyone who wants to try a wine that is one of a kind I suggest you try this one!
Keep your wallets full and your mouth happy
<3 DD

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