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
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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! 🙂
So I have been wanting to try this wine for a very long time. Everyone talks about it, everyone wants it (hello, look at the catchy label!!), and well, I finally caved on my birthday, (yep, in case you missed it, I turned the big 3-0!) got a bottle, and had it with some awesome authentic Chinese food at Monkey King Noodle Company in Deep Ellum (awesome hand made noodles!! YUM!) with the hubs. So totally worth every bite, and probably the best meal and wine pairing I’ve had in a long time!
Butter Chardonnay is from JaM cellars, a winery business started by John and Michele Truchard (get it?! JaM!) that has produced some amazing wines, which some of you are probably familiar with. Their very first wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon, looks like this:
Another catchy label right? Well, I have not tried JaM Cabernet yet, so no offense, but this Butter is freaking awesome! Yeah, I said it.
Beautifully golden in color, the aromas you get right off the nose are lovely! Creamy butter and yeast (okay, so when I say yeast, since a lot of you are probably like eww, I mean the smell of bread dough about to be put in the oven, where that smell of yeast is so prominent. I swear, smell that dough the next time you’re about to bake it. I mean, yeast is one of the basics you need to make wine, so smelling it in white wine especially is not that uncommon), you can smell in the first swirl of the wine, then it opens up with vanilla and toast (Remember, these two descriptors are our big hint in the wine world to tell us that this juice has been aged in oak barrels. Oak aging will almost always give you that toastiness and vanilla aroma), and a little bit of pineapple! I know, it sounds ridiculously awesome right? Heck yea!
But the best part is taking that first swig of this lovely white!
It slides down like pure creaminess. The perfect amount of creamy butter and vanilla and that tiny bit of toast and lemon all come together like a great lemon sandwich cookie (just not quite as sweet)!
I know, I just made your mouth water. So what’s stopping you from buying this awesome bright yellow goodness? Don’t know what to have it with? Problem solved.
Have a glass with some real Chinese food. No, not that instant ramen, but authentic Asian goodness. I had this for the first time with Monkey King’s DanDan Noodles (ground pork and fresh noodle soup), as they were out of the hot spicy beef noodle soup, and it was the best decision ever! The perfect amount of spiciness, the ease of the ground pork (pork is just about always good with Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. It’s a win-win!), and the chicken broth just complemented the wine so well, I cleaned my entire bowl, and finished two glasses! Yep, simply a delicious birthday dinner.
So what are you waiting for? The Texas weather to get better? That might be a while. So go grab a bottle and some noodles!
Perfect to Pair With: Chinese noodle soup, pork dumplings, chicken alfredo, shrimp scampi, salads, or by itself on a nice patio!
Average Price: $16.99 -(a little high, but totally worth it!) – Available at Whole Foods, Market Street, Central Market, Total Wine, and some Safeway locations!
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.
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.
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!
Hello again my wine lovers!! Hope you are keeping up the drinking, as it is a civic duty of a wine lover. 🙂 Now grab some popcorn, (I really do enjoy a bag of the Skinny Girl Popcorn. My husband got it for me and it’s so delicious!) and then hit the store for a bottle of today’s wine tasting!
Okay, so yes, I will admit, I read the book when it first came out, and went to see the movie Valentine’s weekend. My two cents: book definitely better, but the movie did a pretty good job too! And yes, I went to Alamo Drafthouse and had a glass of this white blend while watching the movie too. Don’t judge me. I like wine and I am sticking to it!
Now when I found out about the Fifty Shades of Grey wine a while back, I was surprised that a white blend (well now that I think about it, Grey does drink a lot of white in the movie and I believe in the book too…) would be made (there is also a red blend, called Red Silk, which I will hopefully be trying soon!). However, I think this blend hits it just right!
A blend of Gewürztraminer (as I mentioned in Rose Wine tasting, the one that usually has a defined Lychee taste) and Sauvignon Blanc, this crisp white blend is light and full of flavor!
Clear with a light golden hue, this white opens up with lychee on the nose, a little pear and crisp honeysuckle; but blows your mouth with even more lychee (it’s like you just bit down on one! Mmmm), grapefruit and a slight creamy butterscotch!
So what are you waiting for??! Grab that popcorn and a bottle and enjoy all for under $15!
Perfect to Pair With: Popcorn, light pizza, fruit and cheese plates, white fish, and of course, just by itself!
Average Price:$12.99- Available at Albertsons, CVS (yep, the drugstore!), Total Wine, World Market and other wine retail locations!
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. 🙂
(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!
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.
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 Liquornow!) 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:
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!
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!)
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!
A beautiful red colored wine, this Spanish beauty captures you from the bouquet of raspberries, and dark plum. Smoothly it flows down your tongue with a little spice, red fruits, and low tannins! That being said, there is No bitterness, No dryness, or intense alcohol in this wine!
It’s absolutely delicious and pairs well with pizza, heavy meats, and chocolate!
Great for your last minute Christmas gift, this wine is available for purchase for under $9!!
Average Price: $8.99!!! Available at Market Street stores, and other grocery stores!!