La Fiera Pinot Grigio 2015 Review

This week we’re tasting wine from Italy! 🇮🇹  I found that this bottle can be purchased for about $7.99.

Notes:

“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)

Pairings:

Below is a link from Food & Wine offering great food pairing ideas that go well with Pinot Gris.

http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/pinot-grigio-pairings

Cheers!

La Fiera

 

Wine Tasting at Chateau Ste Michelle

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.

https://www.ste-michelle.com/

Chateau Ste Michelle

Domaine de l’Idylle Cruet 2015 Review

Shabbat dinner called for some good French white wine 😋  this week I decided to review the 2015 Domain de L’Idylle. We paired this wine with black cod, rice and mushroom soup. For dessert we had a mixed berry cobbler. Needless to say I’m not working on my summer body hahah. I found that the average price for this wine is around $15. That is very reasonable for the quality!

Notes:

“Very bright white with subtle citrus aromas (lemon) and little white flowers. The wine has a frank attack, a nice intensity, elegant roundness due to the maturation on the lees.” (http://www.vin-savoie-idylle.fr/produit/cruet-en/)

Pairings:

The official website for this wine recommended lake or river fish (trout with almonds or dimmer of sole) and shellfish. Cheese and fondue was also recommended.

I also found a fun article from Food & Wine on French pairings. The article isn’t specific to this one particular wine, but all kinds of French wines. There are some pretty amazing recipes in here. I’d love to hear feedback if anyone attempts to create one of these pairings!

http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/french-pairings

Cheers, my fellow wine lovers!

Domaine

2015 Oak Cask Trapiche Malbec Review

This week I decided to review a 2015 Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina called Trapiche. What intrigued me upon choosing this bottle was that it got 90 points from James Suckling. On the Trapiche website, I found out it won other awards too including 88 points from Wine Spectator, and 88 points from Wine Enthusiast. I found this bottle at our local grocery store chain in Seattle, Washington called QFC. QFC is owned by Kroger, so I’m sure that finding this bottle at a grocery store near you would be easy. On sale for about $11.99, I found it to be a good price for a wine that was easy to drink. The profile wasn’t too complex, so it could be a good introductory wine for people just starting to explore reds/Malbec.

Notes:

“Purple-colored, the nose offers up plum and black cherry notes with a touch of black pepper. The palate is soft and round with ripe, saturated berry flavors. Finishes spicy and full with chewy tannins.” (http://www.trapichewines-usa.com/wine/oak-cask-malbec/)

Pairings:

The official website for Trapiche Argentina suggests that this Malbec be served with cheeses, red meats, mushrooms, stew and the typical Argentine “Asado”.

What is “Asado?”

I had never heard of this before today! It turns out Asado is similar to barbeque, although if you ask someone from Argentina if it’s similar they will be insulted! Asado is made from a similar concept- fire, grill and meat, but it is different. Below is a step by step link from an article by The Real Argentina. I’d love to hear feedback if people have ever had this meal or if they plan to make it!

http://therealargentina.com/en/step-by-step-guide-to-the-perfect-argentine-asado/

Cheers… and bon appétit!

Trapiche Malbec.jpg

Starbucks To Only Serve Wine At Luxury Stores

I found an article on Decanter today which was very interesting to me. I found this to be a relevant article because I recently saw a red wine available to purchase at a Starbucks in Scottsdale, Arizona. I found it odd and out of place. Quite frankly it shocked me. The wine was displayed next to one of their sandwiches, proposing the idea of pairing it. It also happened to be next to an old fashioned doughnut. My opinion was that Starbucks is trying too hard to push a classier, more french style cafe experience on customers. Ironically, I now live in Seattle, where Starbucks first started. It’ll be interesting to see how many locations decide to serve wine in the Seattle area, and if I notice it being served outside of Seattle again.

What are people’s thoughts on this? Do you like the idea of Starbucks trying to offer a more high end cafe experience? Do you find it out of place and odd like I did?

Below is the link. I’d like to hear your thoughts/opinions!

http://www.decanter.com/wine-news/starbucks-wine-sales-352635/