Archive for March, 2011:
Our First Guest Post!
Hi there winers, this is the ever pregnant sister Lynne. I am excited to share my view of wine from the haggard way of life that I lead. My wine life began 9 years ago when I met my husband at restaurant that we both worked at. We had to sell wine with dinner and to make sure they were paired just right. I personally knew nothing about wine but I liked how I felt after I drank it. We had a lot of fun drinking wine together in the early days of B.C. (before children) But, as we aged, and as children kept popping into our lives, wine became the ultimate mommy staple. I believe that wine is better than any anti-depressants you can get. If I yell at my kids too much, it’s because I haven’t had a couple sips of my mama drink. I believe this is how mom’s should survive so that we don’t fly off the deep end. Now that I’m pregnant with my fourth child, I waited until the 2nd trimester to have a drink. *if you are reading this thinking, oh dear God, her child is going to be crazy – get off your high horse, my doctor said I’m good to go. And that makes me so happy. So in honor of being knocked up, guess what wine I drank?
“Sure, we could have settled for your good old-fashioned double entendre. You know, a not-so-subtle quip accompanied by a sly wink of the eye and a secret titter. But why stop at double when there was a triple entendre just waiting to be had? Ménage à Trois examines what happens when you put three attractive, single, young grapes in one exquisite bottle.”
That’s right, Menage-a-trois, but get your head out of the gutter. This wine, is smooth sailing all the way to the last drop. Just to enlighten the readers, I swished, I swirled, I got my teeth stained just for you. I do have a hard time figuring out whether this stuff is oaky because really I’m just looking to chill for a minute but if you must know here’s what it says it is:
“Ménage à Trois red brings together three strange bedfellows: Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. To add complexity and retain character, each variety was fermented separately, then blended together prior to bottling. On top we’ve got Zinfandel, a saucy tease that brings blackberry and raspberry jam to the relationship. Merlot, with its generous mouth feel and red fruits, fits perfectly in the middle. The rich flavors and firm tannins of Cabernet Sauvignon make it the ideal candidate for the bottom layer of the trio.”
I never tasted jam but if that’s what they say was in it- then okay. I tasted relaxation, mommy time, and a nice long sleep.
If you want to know more about me, check out my blog http://www.familyofmovers.com
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Being 1/8th Irish myself, I consider this holiday a great day to…well, get drunk! My brother-in-law is making us corned beef and potatoes and I’ve offered a mushy peas dish as a side. Don’t know how that will turn out yet since I’ve never made them before, but we’ll see. Instead of the traditional warm beers that have morphed into cold beers, this holiday is probably going to turn out to be completely awesome…with, yes, you guessed it, our wine! I think I’m going to bring a bottle of Estancia Pinot Noir. I think something full-bodied will work well to complement the heft and saltiness of the slow-cooked beef and vegetables. And I emphasize the ‘I think’ on that one, since I’m still too unsure of my opinions quite yet.
On that particular note, Shannon and I have been talking about what we’re going to be doing next on here. Here are a few thoughts:
- We’re going to start a little podcast of us going through the motions of learning. So…you can sit there in the privacy of whereever and watch us learn how to taste, how to (and more importantly, how not to) behave while tasting, and basically how to drink.
- Contests. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty obsessed with winning. So if you are too, then this should work out well. Of course, it involves a a) nose; b) wineglass. I think you can see where I’m going with this. If you win, you win big. And when I say big, I mean small.
Anyhoo – hope everyone has an awesome day today. Slainte!
5 Best Wine Totes
I am so excited for spring!! Taking long walks, exercising, spending lots of time outside….ok, I’m not that person. Except for the spending lots of time outside…with my wine! Last year we went to Oktoberfest in Hermann, MO and we saw a lot of people with the most perfect wine totes and picnic baskets to carry their wine, glasses, plates, and food. I realized this was a must for all future outdoor or traveling wine drinking. So here’s what I’ve come up with:
1. Capri Picnic Backpack for Two Carrier
Picnic Time invented the insulated picnic backpack and the Capri is a fine example of why our bags stand out amongst the rest. The Capri is made of durable black 600D polyester, is outfitted with a detachable insulated wine duffel, and has all the amenities needed for a picnic for two. The large food compartment, featuring our ThermoGuard insulation, will help keep your food hot or cold for hours. The Capri includes: 2 plates (melamine, 9 ), 2 wine glasses (acrylic, 8 oz.), 1 stainless steel cheese knife with wooden handle, 2 napkins (100% cotton, 14 x 14 ), 2 (18/0) stainless steel forks, knives and spoons, 1 tablecloth (100% cotton, 44 x 44 ), 1 hardwood cutting board (6 x 6 ), 1 salt and pepper shaker, and 1 stainless steel waiter-style corkscrew. Great for picnics, hikes, concerts, and sporting events. Just pack it up and go!
2.Built Ny Ski Patrol Red Neoprene 2 Wine Bottle Tote
(This will be perfect for when we go to the cabin at our land…)
3. Classic Wicker Picnic Basket With Built-in Food Compartment , Upscale Service for 4 w/ Canterbury Fleece Blanket
(Need this for Hermann for sure!!)
Calling all Picnic Fanatics ! Professional Quality makes picnicking fun again ! Perfect design for any gift giving celebration. The Classic Wicker Picnic Basket is an upscale design and has full willow construction with built-in food compartment . The built-in food compartment is so spacious and easy to clean or wipe. The food contact material and accessories comply to food safety regulations. It has all the major accessories like the eating utensils(cutlery) which is made of pure stainless steel, ceramic plates, elegant design wineglasses, 100% pure cotton napkins, stainless steel bottle opener, 1 set of stainless steel salt and pepper shaker, eco-friendly cutting board, exquisite bottle stopper, wooden handle cheese knife, 1 insulated wine tote, and 1 extra medium size food container. Put the joy and see where the adventure takes you when you bring the classic wicker basket in any picnic place .
Sleek and sophisticated, the Estate deluxe wine tote features ThermoGuard insulation and has two compartments: one for a bottle of wine and the other to hold the amenities included. It’s made of hunter green 600D polyester and features an adjustable shoulder strap that makes it easy to carry. The Estate includes: 2 wine glasses (acrylic, 8 oz.), 1 stainless steel waiter style corkscrew, 1 bottle stopper (nickel-plated), and 2 napkins (100% cotton, 14 x 14 , Nouveau Grapes design). The Estate deluxe wine tote is perfect for picnics, concerts, or travel and makes a wonderful gift for those who enjoy wine.
5. Veuve Clicquot Traveller (750ML bottle, two flutes & tote) – Wine Collection Gift
(Ok, I love everything on this page so far and this particular one will be perfect for when we go
shopping dancing outside )
The Clicquot Traveller is designed to hold your most chic travel companions: two custom designed Champagne flutes and a 750ml bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label. Not only is the Traveller an on-the-go Champagne cooler, but it doubles as a stylish handbag, vanity case or weekend tote. This limited collection includes: Traveller bag (Neoprene and leather) Size 16 x 8 x 6 One 750ml Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne 92 points Wine News, 91 points Wine Spectator Two Champagne flutes
2008 Cupcake Cabernet Sauvignon
This is a wonderful wine for a great price. This is the first of Cakebread’s wine that we have tried and we likey It has a smooth, but flavorful taste. This smooth cab has hints of oak, mocha, and dark fruit flavors. This one goes down easy!
6 Coolest Wine Fridges
So, I’m completely in the market for a wine fridge. My counter can no longer handle my fetish/alcoholism, so something is going to have to give. And I think it’s going to be my wallet. This is what I want:
Seriously?? How cool is THAT?!?! Unfortunately, due to the fact that I’m not a) rich or b) that cool, I’ll be getting one of the following:
1. Summit Wine Cellar – 120 Bottle
$1409.00 – $$$$
A popular European built wine preservation system with wooden shelves, humidity control, and two tinted glass doors. It is meant for serious wine enthusiast to preserve wine of all varieties. Features two double pane tempered glass doors and adjustable wooden shelves. It has automatic defrost, Interior fluorescent light, Suitable for commercial or household use, No internal fans, Humidity control, Activated carbon filter, Vibration dampening system, U.L. Approved, 100% CFC free, 3 prong ground cord.
2. Summit Under-Counter Dual-Zone Wine Cellar – 46 Bottle
$859.00 – $$$
This dual zone wine refrigerator holds 46 bottles of wine and is equipped with two adjustable digital thermostats to keep your reds at a warmer temperature as it chills your whites! It’s conveniently front vented with flush back, so it’s safe to use as an under counter wine refrigerator for built-in applications. It also looks great on it’s own, so you can easily use it as a freestanding unit. Choose black or stainless steel to match your decor!
3. GE Monogram Wine Chiller – 57 Bottle
$1579.00 – $$$$
Stainless Steel – Designed to install easily into 24-inch, standard-depth cabinet cutouts. Monogram Refrigeration Modules integrate seamlessly with different lifestyles and design needs. Holds 57 wine bottles – 7 wine racks with wood shelf fronts Adjustable temperature control Maintains the ideal temperature for aging or serving wine Full-extension sliding wine racks Positions bottles either horizontally or vertically to maximize space Unfinished heart-of-cherry wood shelf fronts Can be finished to complement surrounding cabinetryUV resistant, tempered glass door Affords a full view of contents Soft interior lighting Automatically illuminates when the door is open, but can be activated by an internal on/off switch Stainless steel tubular handle
4. Franklin 120 Bottle Wine Fridge
This 120 bottle Wine Cellar by Franklin Industries is perfect for storing large quantities of wine in a temperature controlled environment.
5. Franklin 20 Bottle Wine Fridge
This 20 bottle Wine Cellar by Franklin Industries is perfect for storing red wines in a temperature controlled environment. Don?t let your prize wines rise to temperatures of 70 degrees by storing them at room temperature.
6. Eurotech 50 Bottle Capacity Cellar
$795.00 – $$$
Wine Storage Wine Accessory. Eurotech features a unique cooling system, which allows for a single temperature zone or adjustable, multiple zones for storage and service. It comes equipped with a charcoal filter, two digital readout thermostats, a locking Thermopayne glass door, and standard with two storage shelves. Additional custom shelving is available. It fits a maximum of 50 bottles and is 23.5 wide x 23.5 deep x 34 high. Shipping added at checkout is for Curbside Ground Service. Once your order is placed, we will contact you to confirm all details before shipping.
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