It’s time to crack down and open up those wines that are calling our names. White wines, rose wines, and dare I say, the sweet wines. Whatever we crave from the hot hot Texas heat bearing down on us and slowly tanning (or frying us for those sun lovers) us in the process, we can bear it and say BRING IT ON!
Bring on the wide brim hats (you’ll be a hat lover by the end of this summer), shades (let’s protect those eyes my wine lovers), and prosecco with juice cubes
Hello again my wine lovers!!! 🙂 I hope you all had a great Halloween! I know we are all looking forward to Thanksgiving, so let me throw an idea out there for all those relatives and friends that will soon be invading your space! 🙂
Drinking wine and painting a canvas at Bottle and Bottega! Yep, one of those locations where you can get drink as much as you want, and paint away at a blank canvas! Well, you need to try and actually paint the selected picture, so I would advise against over indulging on the vino. 🙂
I recently had the pleasure of attending a class at their North Texas location in Flower Mound (one of two locations in Texas. Currently the only other location is in Plano), and I will admit, it was awesomely different from the other painting places I have been to.
How so you ask. Well I mean, check out the welcoming entrance!
I love the colors, the purple especially, and the window straight up tells you what “Bottega” actually means (which I had no idea either), along with a full sized event calendar of their 3 hour classes (some of the classes you can walk in and join in on. But be prepared to play catch up if needed! )
Walk inside to the friendly owner and the brightly colored walls,which really gives off the artistic welcoming vibe, not to mention the huge glass of corks (woo!) that lets you know you’re in the right place for wine lovers. 🙂
Walking through you see all the blank canvases that are just screaming “paint me! Paint me!”
with your own copy of the picture you’re going to paint at the top, (which I personally liked because sometimes it’s easier with your own copy instead of looking at just one copy that everyone in the class has to also look at) and then you can check out the back entrance
that opens up to a sidewalk connecting all the shops at Lakeside,
and a breath of fresh air.
Then comes a favorite part of mine, where you get to relax, socialize, and get in your painting mode as enjoy your happy hour while everyone shows up, as classes actually start a half hour later than stated on the calendar. (Nice right? In case you’re running late, then there’s no pressure!)
Now, wait! What about the wine I decided to bring, because Hello! that is one of the main draw ins.
Well, I did something different and decided to bring the one cup, actually 187ml cup (and it is reusable) of Fetzer Quartz White Blend.Yeah, you know you’ve seen it around before and thought, well that looks cool and weird, and yet totally picnic-y. Yep, admit it. Well, I bought one of each (there’s a red and a white blend, that is also available in your standard 750ml bottle as well for about $12) a while back for an incredibly good deal, and decided it would be perfect for the occasion. I mean come on! Plastic cup, great grippage, screw on lid, you can take it anywhere; it’s perfect!
I know I was a little excited about the convenience of the wine. 🙂 To continue, the white blend of primarily chardonnay and riesling was pretty good!
Light and pale color with white peach and melon aroma, it was very refreshing with a slight sweetness that actually complemented the half brownie half madeline bites ( I believe they’re called Duet Bites by Sugar Bowl Bakery. Only $5 at Tom Thumb! ) I was eating with my sister-in-law, that yes, are totally addictive.
Perfect to Pair With:Chicken Alfredo and other chicken dishes, Salmon and other fish dishes, cheese plates, fruit plates, and of course, by itself! 🙂
Average Price: $4.99 – for the 187ml cup size! 🙂 Available at CVS, Walgreens, and some retail locations.
For the regular size bottle (750ml), $13.99. Available at Kroger, and other retail wine locations!
So after about six or seven of these wonderful bites, (because who can eat just one of those little sugary goodness things!) our awesome and very animated step by step painting instructor (who was just hilarious and totally great with working with all of us!), my painting turned out pretty good.
Yeah, that shortie on the left is me. 🙂
Okay I know, lots of pictures. But hey, I really want you guys to get a visual of how much fun this place is! Now what are you waiting for?! Reserve a seat for you and a friend here: Bottle & Bottega DFW- North Central
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Now onto the wine of this hot (didn’t it hit like 105°F yesterday?) summer hour! This wine comes from the same family as the Butter chardonnay, and I can definitely taste the family resemblance. 🙂
Watch the WINE REVIEW video i made about this Sparkling BRUT
Okay, so JaM cellars is seriously starting to become my favorite winery (still love you too Gruet)! First Butter, and now Toast, I swear it’s like this winery can do no wrong!
Bright and beautifully bubbled, this lightly golden wine has wonderful aromas of white peach, melon and buttery yeast from the first swirl in your glass. (Remember the best way to fully enjoy a glass of bubbly is to drink from a white wine or tulip glass. Yes, it does look like a tulip…it’s honestly better because it’s not quite as open as your white wine glass, so it preserves the bubbles better while still opening up the bubbly to it’s full potential! Mmmm).
Lingering you in, the white peach continues and meets withsweet pineapple and creamy nectarineas you take your first sip, and ends with a slight toastiness and a long, lingering sweet nutty finish.
Absolutely amazing, this sparkling is unlike any bubbly I have tasted! I mean, I was absolutely blown away! Sweet here, creamy there, nutty there! But like many of you are probably thinking, how can this be a Brut???!?!? Brut means Brutally Dry.. yep, you heard me, it means even more dry than Extra Dry, which is what this bottle of Toast tastes more like, and what I know many of you freak out over when it comes to picking a bottle for making Sunday mimosas. (Hint: extra dry is slightly sweeter, so it’s better in general for making mimosas).
So how does JaM do it?! Turns out, they add a little touch at the end of their wine process. 🙂
I know you’re dying to find out how bubbly is made, so here is a fun little summary!
Also called the Traditional Method, and best method to make sparkling wine, this is how wine in Champagne, France is made. In a nutshell, when you make sparkling wine, there are four different methods as to how you ferment the wine. This can tell you the quality of the wine.
The traditional method is when the wine goes through a secondary fermentation in the same bottle. The secondary fermentation is how the bubbles are made… which is by adding another dose of sugar and yeast, also known as liqueur de triage, (remember sugar+yeast=alcohol) to the already made bottled wine and capping it (It’s almost like a bottle cap. No corks are used yet).. so that it can start another(secondary) fermentation process. When this happens carbon dioxide (bubbles) are trapped in the bottle, along with the yeast, that is now trapped and basically dies at the bottom of the bottle. (Ever heard of the term Sur Lie? It means aging on the yeast. It’s when winemakers leave the wine to age on this dead yeast to further influence the flavor of the wine to how they want it to taste. Which means, they can have a huge yeast impact, very little or any amount they prefer depending on how long they age it! Pretty cool actually. It can age like this for years!)
Entering the Remuage phase, while the wine ages on this yeast, in order to better help remove it eventually from the bottle (because well, not a lot of people like to drink dead yeast from their bottle of wine. And it could also impact the flavor later on in the wine if it did stay in the bottle, though there are some left with the yeast in it), the bottle is turned slowly via riddling. A person, or rumuer,will actually turn the bottle (riddle), which is neck down in a riddling rack (think of a coffee table with holes that hold the bottles by the neck at about a 30-45°angle) slightly every day so that the bottle is not agitated (remember all that carbonation is still in the bottle!) and the yeast makes its way to the top of the bottle.
Finally, after the yeast has sat for at least several months (usually a minimum requirement for sparklings) aging the wine, and is now at the top of the bottle, it is time to let it out in what is called the dégorgement phase. The cap is removed and the yeast sediment is blown out of the bottle from all the natural carbonation that has built up behind it!
Here is what makes Toast taste so sweet and different:right after all the sediment comes out from dégorgement, and before the official corking of the bottle, they add Muscat to the wine! (That sweet grape that Moscato is made from!) in what is called the Dosage phase. This is the final topping of the bottle as a liquid sweetener, liqueur d’expédition, and in this case, Muscat, is added and the cork is finally ending the process. Ta-da!
I know. Exciting stuff right?
So what are you waiting for?! You know it’s gonna be good. You know how it’s made. Grab some friends, make up a celebratory occasion, or have a legitimate reason, and pop a bottle open! 🙂
Perfect to Pair With:Cheese plates, chicken and pasta, seafood risotto, fresh strawberries and fruit, or just plainly chilled by itself!
Average Price: $24.99 (This has been my highest priced recommendation, and I am sticking to it! A great price for a sparkling wine in itself, you will love this bottle!) – Available at jamcellars.com, total wine, and other wine specialty shops. Or ask to have it brought it at your favorite wine retail location! 🙂