This week we’re tasting wine from Marlborough, New Zealand! The wine of the week is “It’s a Headsnapper”, which is a 2016 Sauvignon Blanc. I honestly picked this bottle because the label is so incredibly cute! It was only around $10-12 too. We found this wine at Safeway, a grocery store in Seattle Washington (Safeway is all over the western and central United States though). On the back of the bottle it says, “When a wine is so memorable that it makes you do a double take, you know it’s a Headsnapper…WARNING: MAY CAUSE WHIPLASH”
Hahah cute, right?
“Racy and vibrant, our refreshing Sauvignon Blanc greets the nose with delicious aromas of gooseberry, kiwi-lime and tart green apples. Enjoy its crisp texture, balanced acid and zippy finish with fresh pasta, grilled shrimp and wood-fired pizza”.
While I normally do pairing suggestions that work well with whatever kind of wine I’m writing about, I thought I’d do something different today. As most of you know, Sauvignon Blanc is my favorite wine, and I write about it often. Today I’m going to share an article from Wine Enthusiast about wine and cheese. Although these pairing ideas aren’t specific to Sauvignon Blanc, I wanted to share some ideas of different kinds of cheeses that you could pair with It’s A Headsnapper Sauvignon Blanc, or other types of wine that you’re interested in. Gruyere is recommended for Sauvignon Blanc in this article.
Cheers… and bon appétit!
Below is a super helpful link to explain how long to let different kinds of wine breathe for.
This week we’re tasting wine from Italy! 🇮🇹 I found that this bottle can be purchased for about $7.99.
“This wine has a light straw color with green tints. It has a light floral and fruity bouquet featuring apples and pears. The palate is bright, fresh and dry showing nice balance and a lingering acidity perfect for a variety of lighter cuisine.” (https://m.wine.com/product/la-fiera-pinot-grigio-2015/152495)
Below is a link from Food & Wine offering great food pairing ideas that go well with Pinot Gris.
Yesterday was Sunday Funday and what better way than to spend the weekend wine tasting?! I decided to visit Chateau Ste Michelle in Woodinville, Washington. Upon moving to Seattle, everyone told me that the place to visit was this winery. To be honest, I wasn’t that impressed. The venue was small and crowded. Something interesting to note though was that they have concerts here. We did one white pour and one red pour for $10 a person (equalling $20 total). I would recommend going to this winery on a week day if you can swing it. It was nearly impossible to speak to anyone about the wines because the servers were so busy. I would go again, mainly to see the peacock that was running around outside! Haha again, I enjoyed the wines but didn’t like the lack of space to walk around outside and the overall chaotic nature of the tasting room itself.
Below is a link to Chateau Ste Michelle if anyone is interested in the wines they carry and/or information for their tastings.
This weeks Wine of the Week is a Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina called Alamos. This 2015 Malbec was purchased from a QFC grocery store in Seattle, WA for $9.99, which was the sale price from the original price of $11.99. One of the reasons I chose this wine was because it received 91 points from James Suckling who described it as, “An attractive red with notes of dried berry and light chocolate. Spicy too. Full body…rich with a long and flavorful finish. This is a real Malbec.” (www.jamessuckling.com) We decided to go with a red wine because it paired nicely with our dinner which included steak, potatoes, salad and asparagus.
This wine “Blends the deeply concentrated plum flavors of the country’s signature variety-Malbec-with small portions of Syrah and Bonarda to add dark cherry and blackberry flavors. Well-integrated hints of brown spice and vanilla contribute layers of complexity.” (http://www.wine.com/v6/Alamos-Malbec-2015/wine/158750/Detail.aspx?state=CA)
The Wine Advocate – “The 2015 Alamos Malbec returns to a fresher year after the slightly warmer 2014, and there is contained ripeness in this blend of grapes from throughout Mendoza. This is fresh and harmonious, polished and sleek, easy to understand but with good definition, fruit and depth; it has violet aromas and a very pleasant mouthfeel. All the figures here are mind-boggling, starting by the 16 agronomical engineers working in the vineyards and finishing with the impressive 11 million bottles of wine produced in 2015. So you can combine quantity and quality…. Rating: 89+” (http://www.wine.com/v6/Alamos-Malbec-2015/wine/158750/Detail.aspx?state=CA)
Below is a link from the Food Network website that suggests some really wonderful dishes that pair well with Malbec wine.
This week I’m writing about a Régis Minet 2015 Vieilles Vignes (Pouilly-Fumé) wine. This was such a delicious Sauvignon Blanc! We paired it with fish, rice and salad for Shabbat dinner. This wine costs about $20 and is a great price for the quality. Wine Enthusiast awarded it 88 points.
“This concentrated, ripe Sauvignon Blanc brims with rich apple, gooseberry and citrus flavors. It has a strongly mineral texture, tense acidity and a delicate, floral finish. The wine should be aged until 2015.” (http://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/regis-minet-2012-vieilles-vignes-sauvignon-blanc-pouilly-fume)
Below is a link from Merry Edwards Winery who suggests some wonderful ideas of dishes to pair with Sauvignon Blanc.
In light of National Wine Day this last Thurday I forgot to post an interesting article and an amazing photo! I guess I can blame the wine for that… 😉 Haha
Click the link from Forbes below to learn more about National Wine Day: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2017/05/25/15-fun-facts-about-wine-tax-on-national-wine-day/amp/
This weeks Wine of the Week is a 2015 Washington State Riesling called Kung Fu Girl! We cooked a couple Indian dishes the other night and needed a wine to compliment the food. I researched which types of wine goes best with spicy food and was recommended either Riesling or Pinot Gris. I’m not too keen on sweet wines, but I’ve had a couple Riesling wines in the past that weren’t overly sweet that I liked. We found this bottle on sale for $10.99 (originally $11.99) at the QFC grocery store in Seattle, WA. As I’ve mentioned before, QFC is owned by Kroger. I’m sure there are Kroger grocery store chains near you! What also caught my eye was that this wine received 90 points from The Wine Advocate. Charles Smith described this wine as: “Juicy, lively, terrific purity…it’s a steal!” Also, Wine Enthusiast awarded this wine as “Best Buy”.
“This is an über-aromatic wine, with appealing notes of white peach, jasmine, honeysuckle and lime. It’s lean in style, drinking off dry but balanced by racy acidity that stretches out the finish.” (http://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/charles-smith-2015-kung-fu-girl-riesling-ancient-lakes)
Below is an article from Food & Wine about ideas for recipes that pair nicely with Riesling. Personally, I’m going to try the Tuna Poke with Riesling now! Sounds delicious.