2011 Clos De Trias Review

This weeks wine of the week is a special one because it’s from our most recent trip to Hawaii. We stayed in Honolulu and tried this bottle at Roy’s Restaurant in Waikiki. I had actually tasted this wine at other restaurants in Oahu and loved it so much that we got a bottle that time around. This red rhone is bursting with flavors of berries, peppercorn, plum, cherry, lavender and a touch of smoky wood. While those flavors sound intense, all the notes combined created a smooth and wonderful profile that was very easy on the palette. About $35 for the bottle (overpriced because we purchased it directly from the restaurant) I’m sure you could find it for a better deal through your local wine shop or online. Highly recommended!

Cheers

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2016 Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc Review

Sauvignon Blanc for liiiiife! Wine of the Week is a 2016 Nobilo from New Zealand.

Notes include a blend of ripe, crisp tropical fruits. Nobilo recommends serving this wine with fresh seafood, summer salads and poultry dishes.

On sale for $9.99 at QFC (a Kroger owner grocery store), I think it was a steal for how delicious this wine was.

For more information on Nobilo wines visit their website at http://www.nobilowines.com

Cheers!

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Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava Review

Need a little hair of the dog after Super Bowl Sunday? 🏈 I got what you need! This weeks Wine of the Week is some bubbly 🥂🍾 Pair this with a splash of orange juice (no pulp) to creat a mimosa that will get you feelin’ right. I found this bottle at QFC for only $7.99! I was stoked to find a Spanish sparkling wine to mix a mimosa for such a great deal.

Notes:
Crisp, clean, delicate and rich in flavor with a hint of florals.

For those who are unfamiliar… what is cava?
Below is a link from one of my favorite websites, Wine Folly, which does a wonderful job at describing what cava is all about.

http://winefolly.com/review/what-is-cava/

Cheers!

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Purple Wine Bar & Cafe (Bellevue Location) Review

This weeks Wine of the Week is a review of Purple Wine Bar & Cafe in Bellevue, WA. With two other locations in Woodinville and Seattle, this is a wonderful dining experience and offers an incredible selection of all different kinds of wine. Purple has a literal book of wine choices, so there is something for everybody!

For lunch, my friend and I split the cauliflower and lentil salad with the grilled salmon Bahn Mi sandwich. Soooo good!

Notes:
Domaine Des Pothiers ‘Granit’: Côte Roannaise, France ’16, $10

“This blend of Grenache and Syrah will make you want to party!” (http://www.purplecafe.com/pdf/PurpleBellevue_Menu_WineList.pdf)

For full wine list and food options be sure to check out Purple Cafe’s website below:
http://www.purplecafe.com

Cheers… and bon appétit!

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Pho Bac Súp Shop Restaurant and Wine Bar Review

Switching it up for this weeks Wine of the Week! I recently visited the wine shop inside the new Pho Bac restaurant in Seattle. The Pho Bac Súp Shop was incredible! The original restaurant, located right next door, was the first Pho restaurant in Seattle. This is a very inconic food spot to Seattleites. The restaurant building is a small red boat, which I’m obsessed with!

Besides the modern, chic vibes of the interior of the Súp Shop, the incredible service (full of bubbly, energetic servers) I was loving their selection of cocktails and natural wines. They set up a wine shop which had a variety of red, white and bubbly, with everything being all natural. I was convinced to try a wine that they recommended in a can called “Ramona” by one of the waiters. This was a ruby grapefruit wine with a 7% alcohol percentage. It was so tasty, it didn’t even taste like alcohol! You know that’s when it’s dangerous though hahaha. I also tasted some of their white wines including a dry reisling, a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc. All were wonderful.

I’d defiantly recommend this restaurant if you love Pho/Vietnamese food in general. They had a photo booth inside which was a fun addition as well. I’d recommend this place for a date night or if you’re just feelin’ like some real tasty drinks and food choices.

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Ava Grace Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Review

This weeks Wine of the Week is a Sauvignon Blanc from Ava Grace Vineyards. This 2016 California wine was an incredible deal for how delicious it was! Originally around $9.99, I found it on sale for around $7 at QFC (QFC is a grocery store chain owned by Kroger). This wine was so light, refreshing and easy to drink. Highly recommended for anyone who loves a wine with strong notes of citrus and floral.

Notes:

Grapefruit, melon and gooseberry.

Awards:

2015 “Great Value” – Wine Spectator

2015 “Best Buy” – Wine Enthusiast

To learn more about this delicious wine and other options from Ava Grace Vineyards visit their website at:

https://www.avagracevineyards.com/

Cheers!

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Nefarious Cellars 2013 Viognier Review

This weeks Wine of the Week is a 2013 Viognier from Nefarious Cellars. This bottle can be purchased directly from their website for $20.

Notes:

“Bursting with aromatics of pear, papaya, nectarine, and lime zest. It’s summer in a glass and one of our perennial favorites. A little seafood on the barbecue, a warm evening, and a bottle of this is all we need. Styled to be a delicate wine; packed with apricot and grapefruit, a pretty side of floral notes, and just a hint of minerality.” (https://buynefariouswines.com/collections/wines/products/2015-nefarious-viognier-defiance-vineyard-pre-release)

Pairing:

We paired this lovely wine with fresh cod, an asparagus dish, leeks and challah (bread).

Unfamiliar with Viognier? Below is a link from one of my favorite websites, (I’m sure you already know this by now!) Wine Folly. Wine Folly does a great job at breaking down what a Viognier is all about and offers suggestions on different types of food to pair with it.

Cheers… and bon appetit!

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La Ferme du Mont Première Côte Côtes du Rhône 2015 Review

This weeks Wine of the Week is also very special because we picked up this bottle on our last trip to France! We purchased this bottle at an independently owned wine shop in Nice, France for around the equivalent of about thirty U.S. dollars.

Notes:

From the Rhône Valley, this wine is bursting with flavors of cherries, pepper, licorice, lavender and minerals.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this variety of wine, Wine Folly does a great job explaining what it’s all about! Click the link below:

http://winefolly.com/review/cotes-du-rhone-wine-with-maps/

What to pair with Côtes du Rhône wine? Below is a link from Food & Wine that offers some delicious ideas of different entrees to pair it with.

http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/rhone-style-wine-pairings

We decided to save this bottle and pair it with one of our favorite go-to dinners: steak with grilled garlic potatoes, brussels sprouts and a fresh side salad.

Cheers… and bon appetit!

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Nebbiolo, Malabaila, Roero Piemonte 2014 Wine and a Mano Restaurant Review

This weeks Wine of the Week is from a very special weekend getaway I took to San Francisco recently. We met up with a friend at a Mano, a modern, upscale Italian restaurant. For the appetizer, we ordered the cauliflower with lemon, chili and bagna cauda. For dinner, we ordered the margarita pizza and the chestnut campanelle and brussels sprouts pasta. Everything was incredible! We paired the food with the Italian red which the waitress recommended, and I’m so glad we did because all of the flavors blended so well with each other. For pricing, the bottle of Nebbiolo at a Mano was $48. I tried to find more info on this wine by looking at their website (https://malabaila.com/) but found it quite hard due to the fact that it’s an Italian website.

I’d defiantly recommend this wine and this restaurant for anyone living in San Francisco or for people traveling/passing through. It had a great ambiance to it… dimly lit with indoor and outdoor seating and a decor that had both a modern and artistic aesthetic. The pricing for the wine and food was affordable as well for how good of quality everything was.

To learn more about their wine list and outstanding food options visit their website at: http://amanosf.com/

Also, for those who don’t know…

What is Nebbiolo wine?

I actually didn’t know the finer details until tasting this bottle that night. Attached below is a link from Wine Folly that does an excellent job in describing what a Nebbiolo wine is all about.

http://winefolly.com/review/guide-to-nebbiolo-wine/

Cheers!

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