And another one…

We tried another white blend, this time, from France.  Via Wine Insiders, of course.

On first glance, we almost thought it was a rosé.  Once we got the bottle out of the box,  it soon became clear that its a typical white table wine.  Under the screw top, the fragrances were honestly muddled.  It took a few swirls after the initial pour for me to recognize peachy and floral aromas coming up through my glass.  My colleague also noted that there were a few bubbles present, too.  I could feel them on my tongue, which made for a velvety feel.  As far as flavor, it was flat, dry wine.  Not unenjoyable (that’s not a word, but you get what I’m saying), but not the least bit exciting.

We each tried a glass and wrote it off, unimpressed.  I put the cap back on it and left it in the fridge.  The other night, at dinner, we decided to finish it off (these tasting bottles start to add up when you don’t finish them in one sitting ).  On second taste, after chilling more thoroughly, we were able to enjoy this wine even more.

Hence, the importance of serving wines at the right temperature.  I’m well aware that white wine is to be served chilled, however, how chilled is the question.  As someone who does not carry a thermometer around regularly, I have to say I tend to guess at these things.  I thought we were ok with it being a little cooler than room temperature.  I was wrong!

To eye a good temperature on your white wine, make sure the bottle is “sweating;”  there should be a little bit of condensation outside of the bottle and then subsequently on your glass.  It may seem trivial, but it makes a world of difference.

Not only did we find this bottle, once chilled, refreshingly crisp, but it also paired well with some orange juice, making for a satisfying take on a mimosa.

Happy to share all of my experiences, good and bad.  Happy tasting, and don’t forget to chill your bottles first!  

#ThirstyTuesdays at the Greene Grape

The name and packaging go together, which is fun, if you’re into 40 oz’s *Jay-Z cringe*

In either case, it’s worth it.  Yummy light flavors of watermelon and juicy red fruits with a bit of tartness that makes you want to take it to the head.  Not a sweet one in the least, but still satisfies and could be perfect for the beach.  You and the homies who ain’t here are gonna have a good time with this one.

From the label:

Grab it now at

The Greene Grape

765 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

​The Right Way

Wine just so happens to be one of those things that has a right and a wrong way to do it.  Doing it wrong can ruin the experience completely, and wine is all about enjoyment.

There are many things to consider when enjoying wine, including the temperature of the wine, type of glass, and food pairing.

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Temperature

Red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines are all enjoyed different ways.  Red wine is typically served at room temperature, or sometimes slightly cooler.  Rosé, white, and sparkling wines are usually enjoyed chilled.  Drinking a cold red wine or a warm white can distort the flavor.  Recently, I tried a white wine for the first time at the wrong temperature, and got a completely different impression of it once chilled.

 

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Glass

Different glass types affect how your wine is meant to be enjoyed.  For the most part, wine is enjoyed in stemmed glasses.  Not only does this make for an elegant look, but it also assists in maintaining the temperature of the wine by keeping your hands off the bowl, the part of the glass that actually holds the wine.  Holding on to the stem keeps the body heat from your hand from warming up your wine.

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Glasses for red wine typically have a large, round bowl.  This helps the aromas circulate inside the glass before you smell them.

White wine glasses are similar to red wine glasses but slightly tapered at the top to keep the wine cool.

Rosé glasses look like white wine glasses, but sometimes have a slight flare at the lip of the glass, for flourish.  Same principle applies: it’s slightly tapered to keep things cool.

Glasses for sparkling wine tend to be much slimmer and taller than white wine glasses, and this is to keep the bubbles in.  A narrow bowl leaves less surface area for bubbles to cling to and escape along.

Stemless glasses have been all the rage lately and are basically just the bowl of the glass with a flat bottom.  They’re usually used at casual parties where knocking over your glass may be a concern.

I’ve seen people enjoy wine in anything from a coffee mug to a plastic cup.  Whatever your fancy, always consider the effect your vessel may have on your experience.  Personally, I take care to ensure I am enjoying my wine as intended.

pexels-photo-370984Food pairing

Pairing with wine is a whole conversation on it’s own.  On a basic level, always consider what you’re enjoying your wine with and how it can also affect it’s flavor.  Read here at my blog for an experience I recently had with a white wine that was chilled appropriately, but just didn’t tickle my fancy.  Once I poured a glass with my dinner, it took on a whole new character after it played with the flavors in my food.

Getting the most out of your experience includes taking the proper steps to do it the right way.  There’s no use counting out a good bottle because you couldn’t wait to chill it or because it didn’t taste good by itself.

Happy tasting!

My theory on table wines

In choosing the first wine to review from my brand new box, I decided to go with a table wine by a company called kepe, from Spain.

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Kepe white blend label

I think the interesting label caught me.

Per the label, this is a blend of two grapes, Macabeo and Sauvignon Blanc.  As a beginner, I don’t automatically gravitate to blends because it’s hard enough trying to nail down flavor nuances in a single varietal, let alone with a few grapes going on.  But, table wines and blends have their place with dinner. They’re still fun to pair with food and add to that culinary experience.  So, when choosing a bottle, if its a “blend,” or a “table wine,”  I tend to allocate it to drink at dinner, as opposed to enjoying it by itself or with a tiny snack.

Now that we’ve gotten that out the way, let’s talk.

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Kepe White blend with wine glasses

This glass was a typical white wine.  Dry (not sweet), medium-bodied (not heavy on the tongue), and smooth.  As promised, tropical fruit flavors (pineapple, to be exact) came through on the aroma and in the taste.

I had it with dinner, which was shrimp with rice and corn (no pic; it was yummy but weird-looking 😉).  I feel like it paired well.  I was able to enjoy both without one overpowering the other.

In a nutshell, it didn’t knock my socks off, but if you see this guy in your Wine Insiders mystery box, don’t run screaming.  It’s a great drink with a light dinner. 💋💋💋

Why wine?

pexels-photo-87224.jpeg​For some reason, wine always reminded me of luxury.  People drank it with dinner at restaurants with crisp, white tablecloths, holding their glass with a pinky sticking up.  But when I got exposed to it, it wasn’t what I expected. It didn’t taste like anything familiar to me; it wasn’t sweet like Hypnotic, or fiery like Henny.  It didn’t even taste sweet like Welch’s grape or even Manischewitz, which, as far as I knew, was wine, too.  I can’t even remember what I likened it to, since I have been in love with it now for so long.  I was completely lost on the art of enjoying it; like, what the hell did people see in this?  It didn’t taste like anything to me, yet people spent so much time drinking it and paying all this money for it, like WHATS THE BIG DEAL?  I almost got discouraged from it. Gasp!  I nearly wrote it off as something out of my reach, beyond my taste. I was ready to stick to my Patron and Ciroc comfort zone.

But something continued to intrigue me, so I decided to put down the Ciroc & Red Bull for a second and started my research.

I bought books, and even subscribed to magazines like Wine Enthusiast, Food & Wine, and Wine Spectator.  Yes, I got fancy y’all! I started reading about wine every month which made it all the more interesting to me. I was even beginning to understand and speak the language: aromas, terroir, tannins, bouquet.  I became fascinated with the idea that something made from grapes could taste like blackberries or smell like tobacco!  It wasn’t until I actually explored by drinking lots of  wine was I able to put my newfound knowledge to good use and discover my new favorite thing to do.

If you’re like I was, and just don’t “get” wine, you’re in the right place.  Sharing my experiences will get you on the path to becoming a wine enthusiast in no time!  And if you’re already a fellow wine lover, who can sniff with the best of them, I’m sure you’ll enjoy gushing with me about different vineyards and local sources.  Here’s to us enjoying and  exploring the wonderful world of wine together!

The First of Many

So, I decided to go with Wine Insiders for my first wine shipment.  I liked the randomness of the selection and not for nothing, I got great value out of a 15-bottle case.

I’ll be doing a giveaway for $100 off your first box, so stay tuned if you wanna try them, too!

I can barely describe my excitement at the moment I opened the box:

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My first shipment!

I felt kinda bossy 😏😏😏.  Who do you know that gets 15 bottles of wine “for research?”

So anywho, once I got acquainted with my new friends, I started plotting on who to check out first.  A little bit of reading, little bit of eenie meenie miney moe, and a lot of inspiration later, I came up with my first review.  See my next post!

 

But first, a story…

pexels-photo-290316Recently, on two separate occasions, I’ve watched someone cry out in sheer boredom at the lack of stimulation everyday life was giving her.  Stress was everywhere; at home, at work.  All work and no play was making her a dull girl and her entire spirit yearned for something new.

I can’t say I’ve never been there before. Getting restless with the same old routine, going straight home after work, to veg out on Netflix until I fell asleep.  Trying to link with friends became a chore; if it wasn’t our schedules that had trouble syncing, our wallets just couldn’t see eye to eye.  I started to wonder, “do I need new friends?”  Where’s my popping ass crew of super savages?   My A-team that stayed ready so we never had to get ready?  My Entourage who was never a minute away from the turn up?  In the meantime I waited around for something new to be a part of, I happened upon a hobby.  

As simple as it seemed, finding something to keep my hands (and brain) busy got me thru the slump and into my new favorite thing to do.  Once I got a hold of my “thing” *pause* I started to seek out other saavy sistas like me.  And to my surprise, they were right here waiting!  Completely over the typical club hop or speed dating event, me and my girls have ventured into a not so new frontier that not only brought us all together, but brought us into new spaces, new places, and new faces.

What could this great new pastime be?

Believe it or not, it was wine.

pexels-photo-66636.jpegNow, we’ve all enjoyed a glass of vino at dinner, so that’s nothing new.  Venturing into the world of wine as an enthusiast has taken me beyond a booth at my favorite restaurant.  It’s got me speaking a new language, meeting new people, and having more fun than I ever thought could fit in a glass.  Even when I’m at home enjoying a cool glass of cab on the couch, my mind drifts to a rocky plane in Italy, or some grassy hills in California, or a dank cave in France (and that’s before the buzz sets in).  With friends, we can chat for hours over what we smell and taste, and what foods would taste even more amazing beside a glass of the good stuff.

Boredom is a word that just doesn’t exist in my vocabulary anymore.  Even on a date, my glass becomes the conversation.  You’d be surprised what you learn about a person by their taste in wine.  All of a sudden, you’re the most interesting girl in the world 😏.

Please accept my personal invitation to something new in your life.  Have fun with me and my friends as we sip, discover, travel and fall in love with what’s been right under your nose this whole time.

Don’t worry, I’ll bring the wine. 💋💋💋