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!  

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. 💋💋💋

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!