Wine Wednesday | Bourgogne Chardonnay

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Well we finally got a dud! I knew the day would come when I don’t like a wine and that day is today. I tired out one of the tube wines that I got from my mom last week and unfortunately it was not a winner.

This wine was the Bourgogne Chardonnay Clos De La Combe 2010. I am not sure if something happened to the wine when I transported it from California to Denver but it was bad, real bad. I usually love Chardonnay and am not picky when it comes to any wine and will literally drink anything. This wine didn’t even have a taste to comment on. It smells like rotten fermented fruit and tastes the same. I had it cold right out of the refrigerator as well as when it warmed up a bit and that still did not help.

Unfortunately I cannot recommend this wine. Better luck next week!

-M

Wine Wednesday | Wine in a Tube

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This week’s Wine Wednesday is brought to you by wine in a tube! I have never seen wine like this before, but it is so cool looking! My mom picked it up from Galco’s Old World Soda Shop in Los Angeles for $10 a tube. I decided to try out the Chateau Des Matards and it did not disappoint! It was really hearty and earthy and a red wine that I could get behind. It was complex with a fruity flavor on the front and a little spice on the end.

I highly recommend picking up some tube wine if you see it or are in the Los Angeles area and can stop by Galco’s. One tube equals one glass of wine and they are easy to transport if you are going somewhere that requires a glass of wine.

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Cheers!

-M

 

Wine Wednesday | Infinite Monkey Theorem

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This week Wine Wednesday is about the Infinite Monkey Theorem Wine Bar in Rino. This place is literally walking distance from my house which means I am kicking myself for waiting 3 years to check it out! This is my face wondering why I have not checked this place out before!

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This weekend we finally had some spring weather so G and I decided to go out on Friday night for a drink and dinner. We stopped into the IMT and were immediately asked by the bartender what we would like to drink. Their service was awesome! You can sample anything prior to ordering a full glass and they are super helpful in asking you questions to figure out what they think you might like best. G got the Cabernet Franc and I got the Sauvignon Blanc. Our bill was under $25 which is not too bad and on Monday’s they have all day happy hour!

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We both agreed that the atmosphere was super relaxed and the dark lighting made it feel really chill, not stuffy winery vibes here. Will the wine win any awards, probably not, but it is perfect for a low key night. I would highly recommend checking out this wine or the winery if you are in the mood for some wine. They also have a  food truck in case you get hungry.

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Why have one when you can have two?! 🙂

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For my outfit I kept it super casual, because A. That’s Denver and B. We were walking. Camo jacket that again I wore all weekend (similar one here), Jeans, t-shirt, shoes.

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Cheers!

-M

 

Wine Wednesday | Chateau Montelena

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Wednesday is here and it’s time for another Wine Wednesday! This week I have selected the fancy AF Chateau Montelena. Just the name in itself sounds classy. Chardonnay is my wine of choice and I had high hopes for this higher end one.

I got a lot of butterscotch and vanilla on the nose and it does have that buttery oaky flavor that I love. I did however get a little bit of tart which was disappointing.  I think for the price point you can find a wine that is just as good at a much lower cost. I would actually prefer the cheaper Harken wine over this one. This one is good, but I just question the price point.

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-M

Wine Wednesday | Centine

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Welcome to the biggest Wine Wednesday yet! Today I am going to review the 5 liter bottle of Centine. G’s grandfather took us for a liquor run over the holidays and we spotted this bottle in the store on sale for just about $60. G’s grandfather graciously gave us this for Christmas and we have been waiting to break it out. We decided that a random Saturday night with friends was the perfect time.

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We were a little worried that a bottle this size would lack in flavor but we were proven wrong. This Super Tuscan was delightful and an easy drinking, food friendly wine. While this wine will not go on to win awards for its incredible taste, it will certainly be a crowed pleaser. Several people commented that they were surprised that they enjoyed it as much as they did.  A bottle this size is a fun and unexpected thing to bring to someones house which made it really fun and great for pictures. Do be warned that it is 6.667 regular sized bottles of wine so make sure you have a sizable group to help you drink it.

I always keep my eye out now for deals on these large bottles and I would encourage you to as well.

Cheers!

-M

Wine Wednesday | Evesham Wood Pinot Noir

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Happy Valentines Day! I hope you are doing something fun to celebrate and for this week’s Wine Wednesday I wanted to share an amazing Pinot Noir from Evesham Wood that could pair well with a little Valentines Day dinner.

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This wine comes from Salem, Oregon and I found it to be very approachable. The winery was founded in 1986 and their new tasting cabin looks pretty dreamy if you ever find yourself in the area. If you do not know already, I am more of a white wine chick but I found this wine really enjoyable. I tasted some berries upfront and didn’t find it to be too bold or overpowering. It was a great dinner wine that is right around $25.

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We paired this wine with our usual Saturday night salmon dinner with Brussels Sprouts and bread. I would highly recommend it!

Cheers!

-M

 

Wine Wednesday | Harken Chardonnay

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This past weekend we went over to a friends house for dinner and decided to bring along this Harken Chardonnay from Molly’s Spirits in Denver. It was such a great deal at only $11.

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Just as the label says, it is a nice buttery Chardonnay. This is my favorite style of wine as opposed to the steely and tart Chardonnay that you often find. This wine did not disappoint and was the perfect appetizer wine to sip on while we enjoyed some veggies, chips and homemade salsa from our gracious hosts. I highly recommend picking this wine up if you enjoy a buttery Chardonnay as much as I do.

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Cheers!

-M

Wine Wednesday | Bodacious Red Blend

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This weeks Wine Wednesday is Bodacious 2014 from Jon Nathaniel Wines in Napa Valley. I was actually given this bottle as a gift from a colleague and was eager to try it. It retails for $60. This is a much higher price point then I usually go for but the wine was great and I think worth the price. This would be a good bottle to gift to an older family member or friend that appreciates fine wine. I actually often find myself in search of a good bottle of wine that is not $20 to give as gifts so I was happy to find this. Now that I am in my 30’s I feel like brining a bottle of $3 Chuck to a gathering is unacceptable 🙂

I typically do not gravitate to red wines and would chose white if given the choice, but I really did like this red. It is a blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. I got a lot of ripe and juicy fruits on the front end and found it to be very approachable, easy drinking, food-friendly wine.

Paired with filet mignon, Brussels sprouts and couscous.

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Bodacious 2014

Jon Nathaniel

Wine Wednesday | White Wine in a Can

Wine in a can has always intrigued me.  Was it something that I was totally missing out on? Well my questions were answered when I headed over to Molly’s Spirits to check it out for myself. I decided to stick with white wine and selected Infinite Monkey Theorem White Wine, Underwood Riesling Radler, The Great Oregon Wine Company Pinot Grigio and Frico Sparking Italian Wine.  All of these wines were around $3 per can and sold individually so you don’t have to commit to an entire six-pack which I appreciated. IMG_4129 Underwood Riesling Radler: 

This wine not only had the prettiest can, but it was also interesting as it was more of a wine cocktail. It was only 3% alcohol which makes it perfect for a brunch or afternoon drink. It was very refreshing and a little on the sweeter side. I typically do not like sweet drinks but I did like this wine, I would recommend it.

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Infinite Monkey Theorem White Wine: 

This wine is made right in my hood, so I really wanted to like it. I loved the packaging with the sleek black thin can. It was a little sweeter than I would normally like with some hints of pineapple. It was sweeter than the Frico wine, but definitely drinkable and again reminded me of a day drinking wine at a backyard BBQ. If you like wines that are on the sweeter side then I would recommend it.

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The Great Oregon Wine Company Pinot Grigio: 

This was the smallest of the four cans and 1 can=1 glass of wine. This wine was crisp, fresh and again great for a summer BBQ. It must be the can that makes me think of being outdoors. It is a little tart and sweet at the same time, but after the first couple of sips I found that it mellowed out and was really enjoyable. I thought this wine would be perfect to serve to a group of people at your house without having to worry about plastic wine cups or glasses.

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Frico Sparkling Italian Wine: 

I saved the best for last! This was my favorite out of the four. It was crisp, dry and had that effervescent flavor that completed the package. I would highly recommend this wine for anyone that does not like sweet wine and wants to keep it classy at your next house party or afternoon in the park.

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