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Wine and Painting at Bottle and Bottega!

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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!texas-wine-painting-class

I love the colors, the purple especially, and the window straight up tells you what “Bottega” actually means (which I had no idea either),texas-wine-painting-class 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! )

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Walk inside to the friendly owner and the brightly colored walls,wine-painting-classeswhich 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. 🙂

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Walking through you see all the blank canvases that are just screaming “paint me! Paint me!”

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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

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that opens up to a sidewalk connecting all the shops at Lakeside,

 

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and a breath of fresh air.

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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.

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Fetzer Quartz White Blend

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.

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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

Cheers!

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Kroger Wine: Simple Truth Organic Red Wine Tasting

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Simple Truth Organic California Red Wine

And here is the updated video review:

Hello my wine lovers!! It’s been a hop skip and a jump since our last encounter, but I have a new wine to share with you all! 🙂

As you can tell from the video and title of this post, I found out that Kroger (yes, the grocery store that keeps expanding their stores… Yep, they have everything now in their stores! I actually bought an awesome dress at one location, and they have shoes too!!) now has their own wine, besides everything else!
Okay, honestly, my first thought, Kroger is trying to measure up to Costco and their Kirkland brand wines. However, after trying this discovery, I do not think Costco will have a problem with Kroger.

Simple Truth Organic California Red Wine

Okay, so just warning you guys up front, this might be the first wine tasting review that I am about to share where I honestly did not really care for the wine. Stating that, let us move on to the wine and explain why.

I bought this on a whim when I explored my favorite Kroger location in Mansfield, TX. (I am a Tom Thumb girl, but just can’t help this store! It’s awesome!) I saw this wine, and was blown away at the price (hello super super Inexpensive!) and the temptation of trying an organic wine from the brand that already makes so many great products (haven’t had a bad simple truth organic product before). Because I am yourwinegirl, I had to jump at the chance and give you guys a review.

This red wine is a light and very fruit forward. Lovely red cherry color, you can smell the blackberries as soon as you pour the wine. You can taste the lightness of the wine as you take a sip (because there are no added sulfites… yes, majority of wines add a little more sulfites to the wine as a preservative so the wine does not spoil, and to give it a little more flavor…this wine tastes very fresh and light), and then a raspberry jam takes over your tongue.
Here is where I got a little disappointed. The raspberry jam just ends. No lingering finish. Nothing more than a quick hit in the mouth of raspberry jam, and then nothing. There is no substance.
However, after letting the wine sit for about twenty minutes, it did open up a little bit more, and had a little bit of a finish, but not much.
Honestly, after the jamminess left my tongue, I did not like it.
The next day (after we used our wine saver and sucked the oxygen out to help keep it fresh… yes, I actually have these things. They work well, but honestly, if you’re going to finish the wine the next day, there’s not really a need for it. But hey, whatever floats your boat!), the wine really was not good. It was done.

Here is a quick wine lesson on why the wine did not last the night.
Sulfites are a natural product of making wine. They help prevent oxidation in the wine (wine + oxygen = bad), prevent further fermentation, and act as a natural preservative for shelf life of the wine. As stated earlier, majority of your wines add sulfites on top of the naturally occurring sulfites in order to help preserve the wine and add a little more flavor, and sometimes to even preserve that red color of red wines.
Many people (I hear this on a daily basis), think that sulfites are the reason for their headaches/allergies with wine.. especially red wine, and I am here to tell you that you are pretty much wrong.
Now I must state that there is a very small percentage of the population that is allergic to sulfites, and they usually have asthma. Since no one wants an asthma attack, by law (at least in the U.S.), vineyards have to report “Contains Sulfites” when they add sulfites to the wine, on the bottle.
Here is the kicker: Organic wines and wine before adding sulfites contain anywhere from 10-40PPM (parts per million) of sulfites. When sulfites are added, it jumps up to about 50PPM, which really can not do much damage, as compared to some foods, like prepackaged foods and dried fruits, that can contain up to 1,000PPM or more (which honestly, who wants that much preservative??); AND Red Wine has LESS sulfites than White Wine! 


That is right. For all those out there that think red wine has more sulfites and that is why you get headaches and are allergic, here is your eye opening fact: White wine has more sulfites added to them because they have less color. Red wine has naturally more occurring sulfites in them due to the hardier, tougher, black colored grape skin, which gives the wine it’s color and natural sulfite derivative, which the white grape does not have.
Sweet white wine, hello my Moscato drinkers, has even more sulfites so a secondary fermentation does not happen from the excess sugar in the wine.

(If you want to read more about sulfites, check out these awesome articles:
The Bottom Line on Sulfites in Wine
Sulfites: Separating Fact from Fiction )

A lot of cool wine info right?!?!

Because this simple truth wine is 100% certified organic and “contains no detectable sulfites,” (No added sulfites. Remember that’s really what it means.) this is why the wine more than likely tasted fresh, but went bad quickly and did not taste good in the long run for me.

All in all, if you want an easy, basically cheap wine for the night, this wine will do the trick!

Perfect to Pair with: Spaghetti Squash, light chicken dishes, salad.

Average Price: $4.99!! (Hello Super CHEAP!)

Cheers my wine lovers!

 

Green Wine for St. Patrick’s Day?!?

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day my wine lovers! Now I know that this is a big beer holiday, but hey, why don’t we change it up, and make it a wine holiday! 🙂

Now how do we make this grand Irish tradition a wine holiday you ask?
Well, how about with a glass of GREEN WINE?! That’s right! Someone finally came up with green wine, and that someone might just be me! 🙂

So how did I do this you ask? Well, it is quite simple… and quite fun!
Step 1: Pick out your favorite bottle of Pinot Grigio.
Why Pinot Grigio? Good question! Well, if you look at your selection, majority of your Pinot Grigio bottles are green, or have some green to them somewhere on the label. Hence, a reason why I picked the Kirkland Pinot Grigio.
The other reason for picking a Pinot Grigio is that they are light, easy, refreshing, and inexpensive (Kirkland Pinot Grigio is on sale at Costco for $5.99! You can find a bottle of decent Pinot Grigio around $8 at any wine retail location!). Personally, for me, I have always assumed a little green tint to Pinot Grigio because of the citrus and light feel. I could also say the same thing for Sauvignon Blanc. The point: grab an inexpensive bottle of Pinot Grigio!
Step 2: Go Green!
Yes, what you see there on the table is GREEN WINE!! 🙂 All it takes? A couple drops of Green food coloring! Yep! That is it! No harm to the wine in any way, no take away from the taste, just plain ‘ol non toxic coloring dye!
Now you can make it your wine as green as you want. Like in the picture above, and the video available below, you can add a couple of drops to your own glass, which makes it an Emerald Green, or you can add a couple to the bottle, and come out with almost a Slimer Green (yes, totally just made that reference to the Ghost Busters. Can’t help it. He is an awesome shade of green! Click on the link to watch a clip of Slimer’s first appearance!)
 
Step 3: Enjoy!
Now that you have your St. Patrick’s Day juice, it’s time to celebrate and enjoy! I know it is a little weird to look at while you take a sip of the green delicious liquid, but I promise, it is worth it, and will be a huge hit at your next gathering! Plus, how many times can you say you drank Green Wine?!?
So sit back and relax with your bottle of Green deliciousness and have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day my wine lovers! Cheers!

Sweet Wine, and Kosher Too!

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Happy New Year my wine lovers!! Resolution: new post every week! Starting today! 🙂 Hope you all had a great year; and well, to start it off here is a wine that I have been meaning to write about since I discovered it! And why yes, it is a sweet wine, and kosher too! 🙂

Yes, many of you may recognize this beautifully blue bottle and squeal with delight. It is that good. 
Made in Italy with 100% Muscat grape (it’s a small grape that is extremely perfumey (I don’t think that’s a real word, so let’s go with fragrant), with the nectar and grapey smell, that it actually attracts insects… kind of like a moth to a flame kind of deal), this white wine is light in body and color with only 5% alcohol (yes, I am sorry ladies, but most Moscatos are about 6% or lower in alcohol), but big on taste!
Smooth, crisp, and refreshing from the slight effervescent bubbles, the nose is filled with nectarines, tangerines, and I get a little peachiness too, as the wine slides into your mouth and becomes absorbed with the classic grape taste. Yes, this is a wine that actually tastes like grape! (More of a white grape versus the classic black or red grapes). Keep that in mind as you shop for your next girl’s night in. 🙂 
So what more could you want?! How about, this wine is actually Kosher and Passover approved? 
(Psss… Here is an easy way to identify Passover approved wines: If you look on the bottom of the front label, there’s a little P in the bottom corner, which symbolizes Passover approved; and for authentic Kosher wines: if you look on the back label, there’s a K which symbolizes that it is a Kosher wine. Pretty sweet and simple huh? And a little extra tidbit: Not all Kosher wines are Passover approved!)
So what exactly does this mean? Besides the fact that just about anyone can drink this wine; in a nut shell: that certain types of yeast must be used and handled by male Sabbath-observant Jews to equal a Kosher and Passover wine. Ta-da!
Now do you have to be Jewish in order to drink this wine? Do I have to be like Drake in order to drink this wine (yeah, just found out that Drake is Jewish! And he totally drinks Bartenura Moscato and shows it in his explicit (hey, I tried finding the rated version, and there is none such) video, I’m On One around the 3 minute mark)? 
Simple. No, just a fan of wine, or learning to become a fan of wine. 🙂 Especially one under $15!
Perfect to Pair With: Desserts (goes a little better with non- chocolate desserts), fresh fruit plates, or just by itself! 
Average Price: $11.99: but you can usually find it on sale around $9.99 to $10.99 at Tom Thumb, Market Street, Total Wine, and other wine retail locations!
Mazel tov (cheers) my wine lovers! 
“Where Words Fail, Wine Speaks.”

Wine and Big Bang Theory?! Don’t Mind If I Do!

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Hello again my wine lovers!!! I know my posts are becoming more few and far between, but I am here for you! Ever have a question or curiosity, just email me (yourwinegirl [at] gmail dotcom), Facebook me (Facebook.com/yourwinegirl),  or leave comments on my video tastings (youtube.com/yourwinegirl)!!

Now who’s a fan of the comedy show, The Big Bang Theory? Well, just in case you were unaware, I am a big fan. Not like a fanatic, or overly obsessed, but I do enjoy smart comedies (hello, Frazier was totally awesome too!) Now, if you have been watching recently, you will notice that they usually all drink wine through out the episode. The fun part for me, being a wino and all, is to watch what they drink (weird I know, but it’s fun, and well, I am a nerd), and I am sure I am not the only one who will occasionally notice what the label is.

Presenting, the winners of last night’s episode, “The Prom Equivalency” (<–watch the episode):








Bota Box Chardonnay

Visible on Penny’s counter in the beginning of the show, this inexpensive, medium bodied white with aromas of vanilla and green apple, is part of the box wine trend that is blowing up all over the world! (You’ll notice if you watched Shark Tank recently. BeatBox wine is available at Spec’s Liquor now!) I mean, it’s the most economical way to go right now. How you may ask? Well:

A: Bota Box is made from recycled material. Now who’s against saving mother earth?
B: The wine inside the box is actually inside a huge plastic bag (another recyclable!) with a spout on the end, that you pull out of the box (There’s an outline on the side of the box where it comes through).
The great thing is that the vacuum like action of the spout keeps the oxygen from interacting with the wine in the bag (oxygen + open wine = spoiled wine. You’ll start to get that different, funky taste), making the wine last up to a month after you open it! Woo-hoo!
C: 3 Liters worth of wine. That equals 4, yes I said 4, bottles of wine. How many glasses is that you may ask? Well, it adds up to 16 glasses. Yep, looking better by the minute right?
D: Party in a box. It is very inexpensive, good eco friendly wine that you can take anywhere (hello hiking, camping, tailgating. Anywhere that prohibits glass, this baby can go!) and can sit in your fridge for a month.
E: All of the above only add up when you figure in the price. Most of these boxes you will find on sale for under $20!!

Perfect To Pair With: Salmon, Creamy Alfredo Pasta, Greek Salad, or your favorite cheese and fruit plate!

Average Price: $19.99 – Available at Tom Thumb, Market Street, Kroger and other wine retail locations!

Now don’t judge Penny and the others so fast. We are in a wine loving economy 🙂 Right after you see the Bota Box on the counter, Penny actually pours three glasses of red wine. It’s a quite Noble wine:

Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon

From the soils of Lodi, California (great grape growing rocky, free draining, sandy soil area), this wine is one of my absolute favorites for under $12! 
Called Noble Vines for the long growing history and traditions in Lodi (long history, long roots, good wine!), this is a nice medium bodied red with blackberry, cherry and coffee filling your nose, it goes down like silk with the slight toast and tannins, and leaves your mouth filled with deep cherry, blackberry and slight pepper. Mmmm. Oh yes, Penny has good taste and a great budget!

Perfect To Pair With: Stuffed Pork Loin, Ribs, Grilled Hamburgers, Chocolate, Pepperoni Pizza, or just great by itself!

Average Price: $10.99 – though you can find it on sale for $9.99! Available at Tom Thumb, Market Street, Kroger and other wine retail locations!

Cheers to Big Bang and Wine! 🙂 What a lovely combination! 

“The Secret to enjoying wine: 1. Open the bottle and allow it to breathe. 2: When it does not breathe give it mouth-to-mouth.”

It’s Summer Time! Rose Wines!

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Happy Summer My Wine Lovers!!! I am ecstatic to be writing for you again!!! It has been too long, but yourwinegirl is here to stay, and is now a married woman! ☺ (Sorry boys, I’m taken!) 
Now what better way to celebrate this Texas heat, then with a glass of chilled wine? 
But with what wine, you may ask? What about trying something new and PINK? Yes, I said Pink.  I mean, it’s summer my wine lovers. Pink is the new Red!
 So what is this awesome pink wine I keep talking about? It’s called ROSÉ! 
This pink wine is the most refreshing and light, fruity pink wine you will ever try this summer! Ranging from slightly sweet to dry, these pink wines are full of light cherry and raspberry, and just so darn delicious! Perfect for the poolside (hello ladies, I know you hide it in a red solo cup… just like I tend to do myself.. ☺ ), a Sunday patio brunch, or a make your own sangria night with your girlfriends (heck yea!); there are so many to try, and all under $10!
How can this be you say? Never fear! Yourwinegirl is here for you! I have two Rosés for you this week. Both under $10, both delicious and pink!
Starting with the awesome frog, Toad Hollow Dry Rosé is probably my absolute favorite pink wine! Made from the awesome Pinot Noir grape, (fun fact! Rosés are made from either
Option 1: The Pinot Noir grape, and barely pressed, (which really means that just a little bit of contact is made with the grape skin when combined with the yeast and sugar liquid, to get the awesome flavors and pink color in the wine!) 
OR,
Option 2: A blend of red and white grapes! (Remember how you would always lose your crayons? Not that way, but the coloring way.  Well, I totally lost the pink crayon. Actually, it cracked in half, so I need to use my red and white crayon to get my awesome pink! ☺ ) These grapes can range from Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Muscat, and more! )  
this pink is full of rose aromas (some floral-ness going on as soon as you open it!), that follows with tastes of strawberries and some delectable slight raspberry.  This wine blows me away every time! It’s just so light and smooth, with the perfect amount of fruits and dryness, all for under $10!
 Perfect To Pair With: Salmon, pasta, or even spicy buffalo wings. 
Average Price: $9.99 – Available at Market Street, Kroger, Albertson’s,  and liquor stores!
What about this other Rosé in the picture? Ah yes, my other wine of the week, the blended Ménage à Trois Rosé!  Yes, we all know the name…and yes, it kills me every time, but hey, makes you love their wine even more! ☺
 This pinky is a blended rosé of Merlot, Syrah and Gewürztraminer. What’s the last grape you ask? Yeah, it’s a tongue twister (pronounced Ge-vourz-tra-meener), this grape adds a little bit of Lychee fruit  荔枝 taste(Asian fruit you peel with a white fleshy inside, revealing a sweet fruity goodness), to the floral, raspberry,  and strawberry notes. Making your mouth water right? Just a tiny bit of dryness, with a lightness that’s sure to please, especially in the blazing hot summer sun; this wine is another great under $10!!
Perfect to Pair With: Asian dishes, white pizza, grilled pork dishes.
Average Price: $9.99 – Available at Market Street, Kroger, Albertson’s, and liquor stores!
Cheers my Wine Lovers!!! 
Stay cool and wined up! ☺