Frol!k Kithen + Cocktails Review

This week I decided to switch it up again and write a review about a bar for Wine of the Week! I just visited Frol!k Kitchen + Cocktails which is a rooftop bar in Seattle. I loved the vibes! If any of you have ever traveled to Los Angeles or Scottsdale you’d recognize the same type of aesthetics from places like The Standard rooftop bar in LA or the W Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona. We went on a Wednesday night so I was surprised and pleased to find that a live band was playing. The crowd was young professionals and the music was alternative/indy. The atmosphere was fun and lively with glow in the dark ping pong tables and fun, interactive games like cornhole. Prices weren’t bad either. Drinks were around $13 each. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is also served at this restaurant. I’d recommend this spot for people who love a good view of the city and want to mingle with other young professionals.

Attached below is the website for more information.

http://frolik.motifseattle.com

Cheers!

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2015 J.K. Carriere Pinot Noir Review

This week I tasted wine from my home state of Oregon. As many of you know, Oregon is famous for their Pinot Noir. I was pleased to find this bottle of 2015 J.K. Carriere Provocateur WV Pinot at Purple Wine Bar & Cafe. The best part of this tasting experience was that my friend picked it out… and I loved it! The bottle price at the restaurant was $16.

Notes:
“The wine is a deep ruby red jewel as it sits in glass. The youthful nose is pungent cherry, cola, floral rose, miso and wood-grilled quail. The palate is pure and vibrant as if eating a bowl of raspberry sorbet while breathing in the dark fresh minerality of a damp old-growth forest.” (http://jkcarriere.orderport.net/product-details/0028/2015-Provocateur-WV-Pinot)
Pairings:
Below is a link from Food & Wine with recommendations of the best foods to pair with Pinot.

Purple Wine Bar & Cafe Review

This week for Wine of the Week I wanted to do something different. Since moving from Scottsdale, Arizona to Seattle, Washington I’ve actively made an effort to try different restaurants/wine bars. The other night I decided to try Purple Wine Bar and Cafe in Seattle. They also have locations in Bellevue, Washington and Woodinville, Washington. I’d heard great reviews about their food and wine so thought why not?

First off, their wine list was incredible. Literally a book of all different kinds of wine from around the world. We were told that the restaurant held over 7,000 bottles of wine! The ambiance of the restaurant was nice too. It was dimly lit and had an illuminated staircase filled with bottles of wine all around as you wind up the spiraling staircase. Of course, being a Sauvignon Blanc enthusiast, I had to try their Sauvignon Blanc wine flight. The flight consisted of three Sauvignon Blanc’s from around the world. The flight was $18 and consisted of:

  1. Château Haut Maurin: Bordeaux, France ’16
  2. Craggy Range ‘Te Muna Road Vineyard: Martinborough, New Zealand ’16
  3. Avennia ‘Oliane’: Yakima Valley, Washington ’16

My favorite of the three was #2. I feel like New Zealand never fails me with their Sauvignon Blanc wines!

Pairing:

To compliment the wine flight, I ordered the Quinoa and Arugula Salad with mixed quinoa, peas, fava beans, pickled shallots, toasted almonds, parmigiano-reggiano, lemon vinaigrette dressing and added Drapper Valley Farms grilled chicken. (Price was $10 for a half salad, $14 for a whole salad and additional $7 for the chicken). We also had the homemade sourdough bread and grilled cauliflower as appetizers.

Overall I loved the experience at Purple Wine Bar and Cafe! The service was fantastic and so was the food and wine. I’d highly recommend it. For more information visit http://www.purplecafe.com/purple-seattle/

Cheers!

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Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc Review

Sauvignon Blanc for life! I’m about to start making T shirts that say “Team Sauvignon Blanc” 😂  This weeks Wine of the Week is a 2016 Sauvignon Blanc by Pomelo. Pomelo can be found at Total Wine for around $12.00. I’ve also seen it at many grocery store chains and independent, small wine shops as well. This is one of my all time favorite Sauvignon Blancs actually. It’s very easy to drink, especially in the summer! The crisp taste of the wine is perfect when chilled on a sunny day. We paired this wine with salmon, rice, asparagus, brussels sprouts, salad and challah. Very tasty 😋

Notes:
“The rich, red volcanic soils of Mason Vineyard in Lake County provides ripe Sauvignon Blanc flavor and body year after year. Fruit from the coastal influenced Monterey County and from the mineral rich soils of Clarksburg provide complexity to our blend. Aromas of fragrant white blossoms lead to white peach, melon and ripe citrus on the palate complemented by a lovely lemon curd finish.” (https://www.masoncellars.com/wines/pomelo)
Cheers… and enjoy!
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Matua Sauvignon Blanc Review

Back at it again with the Sauvignon Blanc review! What can I say… I love what I love and at least I’m consistent? 😂 This weeks Wine of the Week is a 2014 Matua Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand. Fun fact about this wine: Matua, back in 1974, was the first Sauvignon Blanc to be produced in New Zealand. Now Marlborough is famous for its Sauvignon Blanc wines! I found this bottle at QFC, a local grocery store chain in Seattle, WA (owned by Kroger) for around $7.99.

Notes:
Bright with herbs, sage, fresh mint and tropical fruits. Pineapple and citrus can be tasted in this wine as well.

Pairing:
Lemon and prawn risotto is recommended from http://www.matua.co.nz

Awards:
Matua has won many awards ranging from places such as Hong Kong, China, New York and many other places around the world. For more information visit http://www.matua.co.nz

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2015 Prophecy Sauvignon Blanc Review

Might as well call me Sauvignon Blanc Jess. I’m thinking about changing my blog name to portray my deep love of Sauvignon Blanc wines 😂 Although I blog often about Sauvignon Blanc, it’s my personal mission to make sure that I’m not tasting the same brand/winery multiple times. This week I found one by Prophecy, a 2015 Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand. The label really stood out to me with its beautiful artwork. The price was only $9.99 at QFC (a grocery store chain in Seattle, WA owned by Kroger).

Notes:

“Aromas of grapefruit, lychee and lime zest lead to flavors of mandarin orange and green apple, followed by delicate notes of mineral and white tea.” (www.prophecywines.com)

Pairings:

Below is an article from Sunset that offers ideas of different dishes to pair with Sauvignon Blanc.

http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/wine-pairings/sauvignon-blanc-crisp-refreshing

Cheers… and enjoy!

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2016 Dark Horse Rosé Review

 

Summer is here… and you know what that means? It’s Rosé season! This week we’re tasting wine from Dark Horse 🐴  This 2016 Rosé has notes of fresh red fruit and florals. The finish is bright and crisp. Incredible price for the bottle, too at only $7.99. I found this bottle at QFC, a grocery store chain owned by Kroger in Seattle, Washington.

Notes:

“The Dark Horse Rosé boasts a refreshingly dry style that explodes with flavors of fresh strawberry, raspberry and citrus, blending with hints of minerality and floral notes, all racing toward a bright, crisp finish. Blend: 48% Grenache, 16% Barbera, 13% Pinot Gris, 12% Tempranillo, 11% Other Select Varieties” (https://m.wine.com/product/dark-horse-rose-2016/197819)

Pairings:

Below is a very helpful link from Matching Food and Wine that breaks down different kinds of Rosé and what pairs nicely with them. Rosé can be overwhelming to people who are just starting to become introduced to it, so this guide could be a good resource in helping someone choose what to purchase.

https://www.matchingfoodandwine.com/news/pairings/the-best-food-pairings-for-ros/

Cheers!

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It’s A Headsnapper 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Review

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?

Notes:

“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”.

Pairing Ideas:

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.

http://www.winemag.com/2015/03/26/wine-and-cheese/

Cheers… and bon appétit!

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2015 Alamos Malbec Review

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.

Notes:

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)

Awards:

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)

Pairings:

Below is a link from the Food Network website that suggests some really wonderful dishes that pair well with Malbec wine.

http://www.foodnetwork.ca/wine-beer-spirits/photos/best-argentinian-foods-that-pair-with-malbec/

Cheers!

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Régis Minet 2015 Vieilles Vignes (Pouilly-Fumé) Review

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.

Notes:

“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)

Pairings:

Below is a link from Merry Edwards Winery who suggests some wonderful ideas of dishes to pair with Sauvignon Blanc.

http://www.merryedwards.com/food-wine/recipes/pairings/sauvignon-blanc/

Cheers!

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