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New Age Red Tasting

Welcome back my wonderful wine lovers!! Cheers to a wonderful weekend and a loving hug to all my winos!  Sorry for the very long delay in this post, but all is well, and now time to get down to the bottle!!!

New Age Red
Non Vintage
San Rafael, Mendoza




Served Chilled, and this will probably be the last chilled bottle you can have this year before the cold front really comes in (Am I right Texans?!), this Argentinian wine is a wine spritzer’s dream come true! It’s literally like a red wine spritzer in a bottle! 
A blend of two popular Argentinian red grapes, this wine was specially made in a way that the floral aromas of rose and violets (yep, FLORAL is a common description that you will soon see popping all over labels. Yes, wine can definitely have a floral smell. Think about it the next time you smell some fresh cut flowers, and if you’ve ever smelled them anywhere else. Say, maybe some Honeysuckle in a Chardonnay??)  catch your nose when the glass reaches the lips, folding into flavors of cherries, and raspberry that stick to your tongue like a juice cocktail blend with an oh so slightly sweet sparkling “sprite” touch to refresh your palate. 

Enjoy this wine simply by itself as a dessert, with some spicy dishes (it will definitely take that little extra spicy Zzzing off), or sweet dishes. Personally, it tastes good no matter which way you have it. Have it with chocolate, Kung Pao Chicken, in a glass with a splash of lime (makes it a little more exotic and brings out a little more of the flavors), or while watching the next Cowboys game with a bowl of hot wings (yes, WINE can go with football party favors. In my opinion, usually better than beer!). 

So sit back, reel in the last days of warm weather, and enjoy a glass while watching the sunset. 

Average Price: $8.99  – You can also find it on sale as low as $7.99. Widely available at grocery stores, liquor stores and whole sale in the “Argentina” wine section, or in the “Red Blends” section. 

Happy Friday my Wine Lovers! Cheers!! 

“The wine cup is the little silver well, where truth, if truth there be, doth dwell”

More Wine Please




Hello My Lovely Wine Lovers!! I have missed you so! The wine tasting is to follow this week, but just wanted to share some wine info with you guys to increase some of that wine knowledge I hope I’m installing in you! 😀
I Saw this on my local news, and just had to share it with you!

Glass Shape, Color Can Influence How Much Wine You Drink

There’s always a reason to over pour your wine one night, especially after a crappy work day, but also when it comes to one of those over-sized fancy wine glasses too. (You know what I mean, who can resist the awesome huge wine glasses?!?) Just remember my wine lovers, a standard glass of wine is 5 ounces! How much is that you ask? A little over half a cup. Yeah, that’s right, HALF A CUP. Check out that measuring cup of yours; yeah, it’s not that much. But that doesn’t mean you can’t slowly sip that glass or hey, even have more than one glass! It’s just a little way to help you regulate (you can do it!) and remind you that when you go out for a drink, that half a cup is your way standard size; so enjoy and savor it, or buy a bottle (it could be cheaper!).
By the way wine lovers check out my Thoughts on How to tell if wine is bad on your way out

“Good wine is a necessity of life for me.”

Sweet Red Wine Tasting!

Sweet Red

Hello my wine lovers! Glad to see you again! Now let’s get down to the good juice!  This week’s wine selection is Llano Sweet Redfrom none other than, TEXAS! The newest state to join the wine industry, and becoming increasingly popular, Texas is making a huge impact, as more and more wine drinkers are discovering the wonderful wines to come from yes, my home state. 🙂

Non Vintage 
Llano Estacado
Sweet Red

“Llano Sweet Red is medium sweet with a smooth finish and aromas of blackberries and cherries. We recommend this unique wine be served slightly chilled or at room temperature with spicy Texas foods, Southwest cuisine and oriental dishes.”

(Just a little fun information for you guys!) Classified in probably the first wine category to put Texas on the Wine Country map, Texas Sweet Reds, have kind of become the staple, at least, of the lone star state. I mean, you couldn’t go wrong with a sweet delicate red that was easy, very affordable, and showing your local support! Of course, since these wines became popular, other awesome wines have surfaced and become vineyard favorites.

One of the first vineyards to gain this popularity, Llano, has always been one of my favorites. Never a disappointing wine, this vineyard is wonderful, supportive and affordable as can be!

A nice light cherry colored wine, the aromas fill your nose within the first swirl of your glass. Raspberries, blackberries, cherry, and a light effervescence take over and create an intoxicating atmosphere as you breathe it in, bringing your mouth joy as you take a lovely sip of an off dry (meaning, it’s sweet, but not intense dessert sweet), light bodied red wine, that awakens your palate (tastes) of blackberries, raspberries, cherries, and for me, some sprite/spritzer (let me know if you taste this too!). Ending with a smooth (it’s not rough) medium finish (the tastes linger for a little while after taking a sip), this wine is sure to please your taste buds and cleanse your mind of the day.

Enjoy with spicy foods, asian dishes, as your dessert, or, as me and my family did, with portabella mushroom tacos and salad! The slight jalapeno in the tacos really complemented the sweetness in the wine. 🙂

So sit back, relax, and enjoy your weekend with a great bottle of Texas Sweet Red! 🙂 
Average Price: $ 7.95 – I got mine for $6.99 at Kroger. Widely available at grocery stores, and liquor stores! 
Happy Friday Wine Lovers!
“Love is like wine. To sip is fine. To empty a bottle is a headache.”

Pizza and Wine Friday!

Welcome back my wine lovers! 🙂 It’s Friday, and taking a different spin here and doing a pairing wine tasting! This session is a pairing of pizza and wine. This week’s wine selection, a well known, and fairly inexpensive wine, Rex Goliath Giant 47 Pound Rooster Cabernet Sauvignon

HRM Rex-Goliath Free Range
Giant 47 Pound Rooster
Cabernet Sauvignon

“Our hearty Cabernet is dark and intense – it’s long on fruit and short on attitude.”

This wine I have seen literally everywhere! Located at just about every grocery store, and liquor store, Rex-Goliath is easily available, and after tasting it, easy to drink.
Winner of like 30 gold medals, this light bodied (not very heavy) Cabernet is lovely cherry red (color of the wine), with aromas (smells) of cherry and strawberry, and unfortunately, a pretty moderate alcohol taste and tannin (drying sensation at the back of your throat) with dark cherry, plum, and a slight smokiness, that lingers a little bit as the light goodness slides down the back of your tongue. 
It’s pretty light for a cabernet, especially if you’ve been drinking the ones I have tasted or suggest on my Red Wines Page, but it is very drinkable. It does have 13.5% alcohol, and at first sip it is pretty evident, but it grows on you. 🙂 
Perfect with Pizza (any kind really. Preferably more heavy pizzas, like supreme or meat lovers, or if you are a vegetarian, mushroom and spinach), the light fruit flavors accent the pizza and do not over power. 
So pop open a bottle, pour a glass, and enjoy with your favorite pizza while watching a cheesy movie. 🙂 
Happy Friday Everyone!!
Average Price: $6.99 – Though you can find it at Kroger and other grocery stores as low as $4.99!!
“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.”

Santa Julia Wine Wednesday!

Hola! Welcome back my wine lovers!! It’s What’s Today’s Wine Wednesday Tasting Time! This week’s selection is  Santa Julia Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2010. A recommendation from my sister, a new enthusiastic wine lover, this wine is from Mendoza, Argentina; an area that has been producing wine for ages, but is now climbing back up the popularity ladder. 🙂

Santa Julia Reserva
Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Mendoza – Argentina

“This Santa Julia Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied wine matured in French oak for 10 months to lend structure, finesse and harmony, it displays all the hallmarks of this classic variety. it has elegant blackcurrant fruit with hints of vanilla, spice and cedar.”

Rated 88 points by The Wine Advocate (it’s an awesome independent bimonthly wine publication where wine critics, like Robert Parker, rate and review wines on a scale of 50 – 100 points. (Like a test grade, the higher the better!) So if you see a sign that says something like “Rated 88 points by Robert Parker,” you now know he’s a wine critic, and he likes the wine, and it’s probably in his review! And just FYI: there are many wines he’s rated 85-90 points that are under $10!!)

A Beautiful Red Ruby Wine, this color just draws you in.
Open it up and immediately you get the aromas of plum, black cherry, raspberry, blackberry, and the toast and vanilla (that tells you yes, it was aged in an oak barrel)

Slightly dry
(it’s not sweet) with medium tannin (which is just a fancy word for that drying sensation at the back of your throat, that is actually responsible for texture and complexity of the wine. It also plays a part in the color, as tannin is really a blend of the grape skin, seeds and stems… which kinda explains why it is only in red wine, because only black grapes, the grapes used mainly in red wine, have the dark skin, which play the main contributing role in tannin),
you can taste the black pepper, blackberry, black cherry, vanilla, and toast with just a hint of mint, as the beautifully balanced, medium bodied(
the body is either light, medium or full) wine smooths on down your now red lips.
Enjoy this delectable wine with the meat of your choice, or by itself! Me and my family enjoyed it personally with some thin cut steak, scalloped potatoes, and sauted beet greens. Totally made the meal! So sit back, relax, and pour a glass, as you enjoy the sunset on your back patio! 🙂

Happy HumpDay! Cheers!

Average Price: $12.99
Though you can find it on sale for around $8.99 or visit check out Costco where I got it for $6.99!!

“Life is too short to drink bad wine.”

Sparkling Wine Thursday Tasting!

Welcome Back! It’s that time again my wine lovers!! It’s Wine Thursday Tasting!! Sorry for the delay, but hey, your girl’s gotta work. 🙂 
This week’s lovely wine selection is the Cruse Brut Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine. Yes, this bubbly is from France! Bubbly from the motherland. And why No, I have not gone all high and mighty on you, because this is an excellent French bubbly for an awesome price!

Cruse Brut 
Blanc De Blancs
Sparkling Wine

“This crisp, fruit-driven sparkler is filled with fresh notes of apple and peach, touched with just a hint of toast. An amazing value that is sure to please your guests, this delight is also great for mimosas and bellinis.”

A wonderfully clear, pale golden wine with a tremendous amount of fine, tiny bubbles, (it’s really fun to see all the bubbly), this wine lures you in with the abundant aromas of honeysuckle, and light, fluffy bread and butter. (Now, I know that sounds weird, but the bread and butter taste is actually quite common in sparkling wine. Why you wonder?? Because this is a natural occurring aroma that happens as the bubbles are made. The ingredient responsible for making the bubbles?

Yeast. Yeast is a must in wine making… it’s what actually is responsible for converting juice into wine… and for sparkling wine, the yeast actually sits in the bottle, or tank, with the juice. While it sits in with the wine, the more bread and butter taste it produces, and usually, the more carbonation it builds inside the container. Though each type of sparkling wine is made in a different method (which will be explained in my sparkling wine page), this is usually the foundation for all sparkling wine. A little wine trivia for you, and maybe your answer to what is that bubbly taste? ) Leaving your nose and making your mouth water, you can literally taste the peach, apricots, and crisp apple as this bubbly finishes off, and leaves you begging for more from this under $10 wine!
 Enjoy with some chilled seafood, light salads, parmesan cheese, or, if it’s not quite sweet enough for you, as a mimosa, and you will not be disappointed. Me, I happened to have it with chilled lobster (it was on sale), and parmesan cheese, and my mouth could not stop smiling. 🙂 

So put a bottle in the fridge, get comfy, and cool off with a glass while enjoying the sunset. 

Happy Thursday Everyone! Cheers! 

Average Price: $6.99 – But, I found mine for $5.99 at Total Wine in Dallas, where it is constantly stocked! (And if you happen to stop by, say hi to my friend Joseph, who is always happy to help any wine lover! ) 

**The tasting video will be following shortly! Please Stay Tuned!**

“Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.”

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE WINE WEDNESDAY!!!!

Columbia Crest H3 Horse Heaven Hills Les Chevaux 2010 750ml

Whoo!! It’s What’s Today’s Wine Wednesday Tasting Time!!! (Yes, I know it’s a tongue twister 😛 ) This week’s wine selection is the H3 Horse Heaven Hills Columbia Crest 2010 Les Chevaux Red Wine. A wine from one of my favorite locations, Washington state, I have been dying to try this bottle! 
Columbia Crest
2010 Les Chevaux Red Wine

“Washington state’s famed Horse Heaven Hills, named for the wild horses that once roamed this area, have been home to the Columbia Crest winery for over two decades. Our winemaker blends innovation and tradition to capture this unique basalt and bedrock terroir creating wines that highlight the intensity of these grapes. Les Chevaux (French for “the horses”) is a special blend of varietals from the Horse Heaven Hills AVA and personifies the legacy of the wild horses that once roamed this fabled area.”
Rated 90 points by Wine Spectator (it’s a pretty awesome magazine that gives ratings… basically like a test grade. Those rated 85 and above are usually pretty darn good ), this medium bodied wine is amazing!! Like being in the hills of heaven, you can taste all the love and passion that went into making this beautiful dark, ruby colored wine as soon as you open the bottle. Filling your nose with aromas of dark fruits, strawberries, and earthiness (think of mother nature), you can literally taste the nuttiness, candied fruits and slight chocolate as this red liquid coats your mouth into happiness. A wonderfully, lingering smooth finish, you can enjoy a glass with the dark meat of your choice. I enjoyed this with a slightly peppered steak and roasted vegetables, and it was incredible (so good in fact, my boyfriend and I drank over half the bottle)!! Simply becoming one of my new favorite wines, this bottle is all yours for under $15! 

So sit back, relax, sear up some meat (isn’t July 4th tomorrow? ) and enjoy a glass of red in celebration of our red, white, and blue!

Happy Independence Day! Cheers!

Average Price: $14.99 – However, I found mine at Costco (you DO NOT NEED A COSTCO MEMBERSHIP TO PURCHASE ALCOHOL… in case you were wondering) for $9.99! 


Language is wine upon the lips.

HumpDay Wine Tasting!

Hi Everyone!! It’s WEDNESDAY!!! And you all know what that means, Wine Tasting Day!! 🙂 This week’s selected wine is the Organic, Un-Oaked Natura Chardonnay, from an area well known for Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley, located in Chile. 
Made with Organically Grown Grapes 
From Valle De Casablanca in Chile.
“Produced by Emiliana Vineyards from 100% organically grown grapes. Organic Viticulture brings forth the true character of the vineyard terroir and allows the grapes to express themselves fully. As a result, distinctive flavors emerge, making a remarkably unique and complex wine.” 
A medium bodied wine, this lightly golden colored beauty is wonderfully balanced and utterly fabulous! Grown in the pure and un-altered soils of Casablanca Valley, this wine does speak for its name, as the free, natural and wonderful aromas of pineapples, apples, lemon and slight grapefruit, come forth with a slight acidity, but leaves your mouth feeling wonderfully full and refreshed with it’s smooth finish.  This is absolutely one of the best wines that I have tasted, and all for under $10! So pick up a bottle, and enjoy a glass with some light pasta or fish, (personally, I like it with some bread and Parm cheese, and some citrus fruit), while enjoying the sunset from your patio! 
Happy HumpDay! Cheers! 
Average Price: $8.99 – However, I found mine on sale at Sprouts at 2/$10!
**The video tasting will be following shortly, so stay tuned!!*** 
*”Wine Is Bottled Poetry.”*

“What’s Today’s Wine Wednesday Tasting?”

illustration of vintage still life with a glass, a bottle of wine and grapes Stock Photo - 14073882

Hi Guys!

Time to get those dusty wine glasses ready!! Starting NEXT WEDNESDAY I will be conducting weekly
“What’s Today’s Wine Wednesday Tasting?!”

Now what exactly is this, you may ask. How many of us look forward to Wednesday, because it’s “humpday?”  We can’t wait to get the week over, and look forward to that Friday Happy Hour and relax!
Now every humpday, I will conduct a new wine tasting so you have an awesome wine to look forward to drinking come Happy Hour! 🙂 🙂 🙂

So sit back, relax and enjoy next week’s “What’s Today’s Wine Wednesday Tasting?!”

*”How About A Little Cheese To Go With Your Wine”*