This week we’re tasting bubbly from none other than Costco! Haha I was really curious to try Costco’s Kirkland Signature Prosecco and compare it to nice Prosecco I’ve had in the past. For around $7 a bottle I thought why not? I was VERY impressed! To be honest I’ve had bottles of Prosecco that cost over $40 and found this $7 bottle to taste almost identical to expensive brands. If you did a blind taste with the Kirkland Signature Prosecco and a higher priced bottle I highly doubt you’d even be able to taste a difference.
Color is light golden yellow with notes of yellow peach, apple and pear. This bubbly is perfectly crisp and refreshing with a fruity finish.
Below is a link to a fun article by Fiona Beckett Matching Food and Wine:
Also something to note for those who do not know… Prosecco is not Champagne! Since it’s not grown in the Champagne region of France (this Prosecco is from Italy) it cannot be called Champagne. We can simply call it “bubbly” 😄
This week we’re spicing it up with Musashino Daku Nigori Junmai Saké 🇯🇵 🍶 For only $34, the price is reasonable for how good of quality it is.
The color is milky and cloudy, mixed with tart fruits and a strong pear flavor. Mild and creamy, just like the label says. Easy to drink by itself or paired with sashimi/sushi. Serve this Saké chilled and keep it refrigerated when not drinking it.
Unfamiliar with Saké? Here’s some information about one of Japan’s most famous alcoholic beverages from an Eater article. This article also helps break down Saké myths.
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.
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.
Below is a link from Food & Wine with recommendations of the best foods to pair with Pinot.
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:
- Château Haut Maurin: Bordeaux, France ’16
- Craggy Range ‘Te Muna Road Vineyard: Martinborough, New Zealand ’16
- 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!
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/
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 😋
“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!
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.
Bright with herbs, sage, fresh mint and tropical fruits. Pineapple and citrus can be tasted in this wine as well.
Lemon and prawn risotto is recommended from http://www.matua.co.nz
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
Cheers, my fellow wine lovers!
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).
“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)
Below is an article from Sunset that offers ideas of different dishes to pair with Sauvignon Blanc.
Cheers… and enjoy!
This week we’re tasting wine from sunny So Cal ☀️ Wine of the Week is a 2016 Sauvignon Blanc from Santa Barbara called Seaglass. I found this bottle at QFC, a grocery store chain in Seattle, WA (owned by Kroger) for around $9.
“Kick off your shoes and unwind with a glass of our lovely, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. Invigorating scents of lemon, lime, grapefruit, and freshly cut grass waft from the glass, while clean, crisp notes of gooseberries and tangerines awaken your palate. With a lively, slightly tart finish, our Sauvignon Blanc captures the free feeling of endless summer.” (www.seaglasswineco.com)
Below is a link from All Recipes that suggests different dishes to pair with Sauvignon Blanc.