Let’s start prepping for the long weekend by thinking of what spirits we are going to enjoy!
Who am I kidding? We don’t have to wait until Friday! Everything in moderation…remember that’s our motto.
So, I’ll admit that I haven’t always loved red wine.
I started out enjoying the sweet, white or red stuff (college, a few post college days/ year) and gradually worked my way towards appreciating drier red wine.
Hey, a few trips to Napa, Oregon and Italy will do that, right?
Since I am more familiar with reds from the West Coast wine area, I will be featuring three red wines from the West Coast area.
For some of these, we toured the vineyard and fell in love; some we loved and then toured the vineyard; and some we just happened upon, and fell in love!
But 3 things are in common with all:
- They are all budget/ pocket book friendly (translation: you can drink a bottle and not feel real bad after doing it because it didn’t cost that much especially for a week
night/ non celebratory event)
- They are all light flavored (bodied) wines-we can highlight some cab’s and merlots in the winter, with heavier meals (translation: you can drink a bottle and not feel real bad after doing it because it’s not heavy for a weeknight/ non celebratory event )
- They can be purchased at your neighborhood grocery store (translation: you can drink a bottle and not have to go real far to purchase it, for a weeknight/ non celebratory event)
Do you see a pattern here?
Give one of these a try this weekend or give one as a gift to your favorite blogger; and let me know how it goes!
I doubt you will be disappointed!
Remember, these are red wines so don’t expect a sugar-y taste.
They pair well with steak, tomato based dishes, chocolate, cheeses (minus the rennet-see previous post), bread, ice cream, cereal, etc…
Hey, what do they not pair well with?
I dare you to answer that!
I also dare you to try them out this weeekend and let me know what you think. Too, I always love to get vino recommendations!
Menage-a-Trois, California, Pinot Noir (California Red Wine Blend is also good)
From the vineyard: The romance begins with pretty violet aromas that lead to a symphony of juicy black cherry flavors with hints of toast on the palate, and to finish, a silky smooth embrace that would make Casanova jealous. You’ll swoon, you’ll sigh—this is L-O-V-E, with a capital ‘L.’
14 Hands Red Blend (Cab is also good)
(Note: this wine has won 1st place in two of our blind wine tasting parties-it beat out all the competiiton)
From a reviewer: Washington- This approachable and easy drinking red wine offers generous aromas of berries, cherries and currants. A plush framework of soft tannins supports the red and dark fruit flavors that leisurely give way to subtle notes of baking spice and mocha on the finish.
Mirassou Pinot Noir
From a reviewer: California- Produced in a bright, approachable style, this Pinot Noir offers lovely cherry and strawberry flavors with subtle layers of spice from the oak. Its a great food wine, so try with anything from salmon to beef dishes.
Happy Vino Hump Day peeps!
Disclaimer: I was not paid to promote these items, although I wish I was-they are my personal opinions and prefernces-all prices are approximate and were obtained from the Total Wine website, which is a good start of what they ‘should cost’-figure in a couple bucks more at your local shop (locals: HT and WD has all 3 of these at reasonable prices)