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Bottle Of White, Wine August 15, 2017

Wednesday’s Wine of the Week – Nine Lives

Blogs are like the yearbooks of writing, in a matter of seconds you can see where you were in life just one year ago. For those who have found the love of their life or that perfect job, thinking back on the past year lets you know just how far you’ve come.  Then, of course, there are the rest of us who one year later are still sitting in their parents’ house drinking a  $10 bottle of wine on Wednesday and wondering if you have set the World Record for having less than $30 in your bank account.

Bottle Of White, Wine May 16, 2013

WWOTW- Dream a Little Dream for Me

Marilyn Monroe once declared diamonds to be a girl’s best friend.  Clearly she was never a stressed out 24 year old on a budget.  When the soundtrack to your life seems like circus music on repeat and you’ve started to consider panhandling to make money to get by, wine trumps diamonds hands down.  And then there are days like today where just one bottle won’t hack it, so I bought a second.  The first selection I made was a red, shocking I know.  Blame it on insanity, or the fact that its title, 19 crimes, reminded me of “99 Problems” which struck a chord.  And then, as if fate has stepped in, I spotted a white blend on my way to the checkout.  It was the title that grabbed me at first.  Call me a hopeless romantic but with a name like Dreaming Tree I couldn’t pass it up.   Though I am admittedly not a die-hard Dave Matthews fan, I was intrigued by the fact that he had embarked on a new wine making venture.

While the tag was a bit more than I usually spend, or can afford, it was well worth an extra six dollars.  It was nothing like I have ever tasted in a “cheap” bottle of wine before first of all it combines four varietals that rarely comingle in the same bottle; Gewürtztraminer, Riesling, Albariño, and Viognier .  Second, most affordably priced bottles have a lackluster flavor with a mineral finish, but this one came out with a bang.  It begins with a bold, fruity flavor the dissipates to a more smooth finish.  Often times cheap white wine tastes more like straw, apparently Jesus reversed osmosised wine into water.  But hey, always look on the bright side of life right? However, this is one bottle I would gladly pull out my pom-pom’s up for.

Tasting notes include the standard lineup- honeysuckle, fresh citrus and floral aromas with a hint of melon.  Then out of no-where, it goes Jekyll and Hype on your taste buds going from sweet to bold in seconds. Bipolar? Maybe, but if that is wrong, I don’t want to be right.  You can taste a nice transition from initial sweeter flavors to a kick of fresh grapefruit and lemon intertwined with the subtle taste of smoke. Think of it as a Jersey Girl in a bottle, we’re sweet, but when you piss us off we bring the fire!

In all seriousness, there is nothing boring about this wine.  It is exciting from start to finish and while I am usually not a repeat offender but I will put on a hat and some shades and definitely buy this again!  Hopefully tonight I’ll be of Dreaming Tree instead of Craiglist furniture (don’t ask).

Keep you wallets full and your mouths happy! <3 DD

Copyright © 2013 Christine Van Arsdalen. All Rights Reserved

Bottle Of White, Wine May 2, 2013

WWOTW- She’s a Laday

The great writer Shakespeare once asked “What’s in a name?”  I doubt when he wrote the profound question he ever fathomed a name like “Sweet Bitch” would come along. Personally I would love to see how Shakespeare would react to that one. I can picture him turning to some whiny girl and saying “thou doth protest too much.” Of course the other thing that comes to mind is not so celebrated Jersey Shore “star” who openly proclaims to be “the sweetest bitch you’ll ever meet.” Not so surprising that a bottle of wine bears a similar name.  Though I think the wine may be a bit more classy.

However, in this case a fantastic bottle of Pinot Grigio is in a name.  Admittedly is a bit sweeter than most of the wines that I partake of, but I find myself continually sipping it.  It has a sort of honeysuckle nectar overtone intertwined with notes of juicy pear and ripe melon. The sweet, as the name promises, gives way to the “bitch;” a more tangy note of fresh pineapple and lemon zest. Overall it has a very well balanced smooth full body reminiscent of bedroom eyes which I find rather enjoyable (get your mind out of the gutter I mean the body not the eyes).   I definitely packs a punch and can most likely hold its on with pretty much anything  as any good good bitch can.  I will be putting this one on my summer retainer.

 Keep your wallets full and your mouths happy

<3 DD

Copyright © 2013 Christine Van Arsdalen. All Rights Reserved


Bottle Of White, Wine April 25, 2013

The “X” factor

For the first “Winseday” in a while, I find myself with a moment to actually sit and relax.  Of course what that really means is I finally have some time kick back and share my musings about an affordably priced bottle of wine.  I have to admit, it felt surprisingly good to walk into the liquor store this evening.  I instantly felt a sense of calm and comfort; like seeing an old friend for the first time in years.  Yes, I realize that may make me sound like an alcoholic, but to each their own right? Overwhelming exhaustion tends to have that effect on people.

I would be lying if I told you that I picked my feature of the week for a particular reason.  In all actuality, it was in front of my face, it had a screw top, and it was $14. So, I pulled a bottle of X Winery’s White Blend off the shelf and the rest is history.  While the fact that I am too lazy to uncork a bottle is probably a sad commentary on my character, today it was definitely a stroke of dumb luck (or an act of accidental genius).

The wine is fragrant and intense in a good way.  To me it tastes like Jersey in a bottle; bold and loud but sweet and sophisticated. The first thing you taste is a burst of tangy orange entangled with zesty lemon.  Both flavors together create a fresh lively note that is rounded out by a slightly nutty undertone.  After “the fire” comes the sweet perfume of sensual vanilla, nectarous honeysuckle, and juicy melon.  There is a slight minerally finish that leaves you with an overly pleasant taste. True to Jersey form, it can definitely hold it’s own against red meat, fish, or anything else you can think to pair it with.  While I normally don’t enjoy assertive wines, I am definitely putting this one on my summer drinking list.

Copyright © 2013 Christine Van Arsdalen. All Rights Reserved


Bottle Of White, Wine March 21, 2013

WWOTW- Viva America Del Sur

So I took a break from Chile and moved onto Argentina.  Big step I know, but sometimes you have to take risks in life and walk on the wild side.  Much like my wine selection I will be south of the border in less than three days on a much needed, and well deserved vacation to Mexico. When you hit the point in your life when you go to get a spoon and get a fork even though you already have one, or sit down on the toilet and forget what you’re doing for five minutes it usually means you are due for a mental breakdown or a vacation.  Since a beach getaway seemed slightly more appealing than a trip to the funny farm I chose to go with them to Cabo San Lucas.  My parents seem to think I can put my Minor in Spanish to good use to which I say “ja ja ja ustedes son loco en la cabeza!” I will not be exerting any extra brain power for the duration of the week except to say “uno mas cerveza por favor.”

I could tell you that my ritual of drinking affordably priced bottles of wine on Wednesdays has been conditioning for next week, but my mother told me God doesn’t like liars.  Although I have to admit, I have come to get a sense of excitement for my forcibly late night rendezvous with my writing companion and a bottle of vino.


I am not sure if it was fate or irony that made me walk into the liquor store this morning and pick out “Terra Libre Fume Blanc ,” but it seems rather apropos. It hails from the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Mendoza, an area known for its wines. The overall taste has a slightly more acidic flavor that rather than the traditional meaning of the word gives it more of a refreshing quality.   The body is very light which makes it a nice vehicle for the subtly tart notes of citrus and kiwi. There is just a suggestion of fragrant vanilla that offers a nice balance to the crisp onset. It seems like the perfect complement to a walk on the beach and seafood dinner, so if you’re looking for a more robust in your face “Jersey Shore Guido” type white wine I would suggest trying something a bit stronger like Chardonnay (or mixing it with vodka and steroids).

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Keep you wallets full and your mouths happy!

<3 DD

Copyright © 2013 Christine Van Arsdalen. All Rights Reserved

Bottle Of White, Wine March 14, 2013

WWOTW- Little J, Big taste

Happy Weds Kids! I apologize for lack of posting last week but duty called. C‘est la vie (I have no idea if that is spelled right by the way, I minored in Spanish). This is completely off topic, but I am half watching TV and it all seems like re-runs. Either TV has gone downhill or I’ve just gone off the deep end from exhaustion. But hey, that what Wine Wednesday’s are for right? This week’s wine is special for two reasons.  One, I spent 20 minutes walking around the liquor store trying to figure out what in God’s name it was called, and two, it bears the same initial as my big sister, Jenn.  Ironically the brand was a recommendation from my sister; however my brain as my Mom would say “did not compute.” I literally left the liquor store with a different bottle, which was also a diamond in the rough – translation bargain basement price with designer flair.  Think of it as a lingering kiss or a drink with a friend, one of those little things that make life a little sweeter.

Moving on to reason number two, the name of my pick this week is Little J.  Though it probably would have had more sentimental value if it was called Big J or Puff (don’t ask, she would kill me if I told you), the tropical notes of the body stir up warm memories of summers with my sister. At first there is a light playful sweetness that tastes like a day at the beach, soft at first then surprisingly refreshing. You can almost taste the kiss of the warm sun; the subtle sweetness of a ripe melon, followed closely by a tangy burst of fresh guava that takes you away on a relaxing vacation.  Then, much like the ocean, you are hit with a lively and vibrant bite that invigorates your taste buds; an almost sparkling note that comes from the grape variety “Grüner Veltliner” paired with a faint hint of white pepper. While Little J is light like a summer wine I think it would be a good pairing with seafood any time of the year, bright enough to enhance it without taking away from the delicacy of the fish.


Keep you wallets full and your mouths happy!

<3 DD

Copyright © 2013 Christine Van Arsdalen. All Rights Reserved

Bottle Of White, Wine February 28, 2013

WWOTW- The Death of a Salesman

Today may be the last Wednesday post that comes from my trusty laptop.  After  3 years of diligent service, my hard drive is making that “dice rolling” noise that means that it is about to be as lively as a game of bingo in a nursing home.  I might not be a fortune teller, but I see of nights in and spaghetti’s in my future.  Don’t fret; I solemnly swear that I will scrounge together $10 every Wednesday to buy a bottle of wine.  After all, my sanity depends on it.

As a little girl I always thought that people that worked this hard made lots of money.  Oh how cute I was, instead working long hours while you have the flu means you get to buy a computer you can’t afford.  I just keep clicking my heels together and saying “someday this will pay off.”  When that day comes I’m sure my writing will be less of a rant about my misgivings about my life as a struggling writer, day jobber, side jobber.. Well you get the point.

Getting back to the reason you are all probably reading this, today’s vino is yet another from Chile.  It comes from a rather picturesque region of Chile located near the coast. Quintay Sauvignon Blanc seems to embody the bright crisp water of the ocean it hails from.   There is a very invigorating flavor that grabs you like a good book, and is as juicy as a good piece of gossip.  At first taste your mouth is filled with a robust grassy note that is rather prominent, but subtle enough to be enjoyable.  Earthy gives way to a piquant chili-pepper note reminiscent of a chili pepper thriving on a foundation of zesty grapefruit.  The flavors in the wine are surprising, yet subtle. If Brooklyn had a flavor, I imagine it would taste something like this; less flashy than the other cities, but more well homey and balanced and just as enjoyable.  Try it with Winter veggies like leeks and Asparagus for a nice complement.


Keep you wallets full and your mouths happy!

<3 DD

Copyright © 2013 Christine Van Arsdalen. All Rights Reserved

Bottle Of White, Wine February 21, 2013

WWOTW- It will make you say ole!

I would first like to apologize for my lack of posting.  I have taken up my second job which has taken up most of my evenings; perils of being an underpaid college student.  I have become a workaholic to the point where I have started to wish there were more hours in a day,  though I would just be working more so that wouldn’t help.  But hey, working hard all week puts the beer on the table right?  Plus, I paid a visit to the QVC sample sale today.  A magical place that while not food related, is wallet friendly.  When Bobbi Brown makeup is only $5 you can’t afford not to go.  Thank God my Tax Return is coming soon.  Though I have to admit, I felt like a wimpy geek in a weight room when my sister informed me that she made more in 6 months than I did in a year.  On twiter they call that #epicfail; and now you all know why I write this blog and have sampled a plethora of affordable bottles of wine.

Today’s gem Como Sur (Southern Cone) hails from Chile and is ochenta y ocho puntas. That’s 88 points for all you non Spanish  speakers.  It is my first tango with a Chilean, wine and it is a perfect ten.  I normally stay away from foreign wines, for some odd reason I always thought they were more expensive, but after a delicious glass enjoyed with this evenings dinner I decided to give it a whirl.  I was pleasantly surprised, and slightly more excited than I should have been, to find a bottle that was $8 and 88 points.  That’s like finding a pair Jimmy Choo’s for 90 percent off.

Perhaps more surprising than the price is the flavor, a nice fruity body and only a hint of grassy herbaciousness.  I am not sure why people find grassy wine pleasant any way, it’s not like any one actually eats grass unless you are 8 years old and sitting cross legged in the middle of the outfield playing softball.  At first you taste the subtle bite of citrus fruit, just enough to make your lips pucker with a coy sweetness, which gives way to a delicate floral note.   To be honest, I have not had many wines that have a floral body, usually it is just in the nose.  That’s about as rare as a reindeer with a red nose, and no I do not go around eating flowers for those of you wondering how I know what they taste like.   All in all this is a very full bodied white wine, and is a great buy for anyone (not just us poor folk).

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Keep you wallets full and your mouths happy!

<3 DD

Copyright © 2012 Christine Van Arsdalen. All Rights Reserved