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Toast from JaM Cellars Bubbly Review

Toast Sparkling Brut

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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.  🙂

Toast Sparkling Brut

Toast BRUT Sparkling

Non Vintage Toast California BRUT Sparkling

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 with sweet pineapple and creamy nectarine as 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!

Toast is made in the sparkling wine process called Méthode Champenoise

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! 🙂

Cheers my wine lovers!

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Also, if you are looking for more don’t forget to watch the WINE LESSON video I made!

Food and Wine Time! Chinese Food and Butter Chardonnay Tasting Review!

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Welcome back my wine lovers!! It’s starting to get crazy out here in our Texas weather, so how about a wonderful wine and food pairing review?!?
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!
Cheers my wine lovers!
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More Wine Please

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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.”

Apothic Red Labor Day Tasting!

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Greetings my wine lovers! It’s Labor Day weekend,  and you know what that means!!! Grape juice time!!!
Don’t forget to pick up a bottle, (and believe me,  there are a lot of sales going on in the wine department this weekend), and enjoy this holiday with family and friends!  May I recommend the very affordable, easy drinking Apothic Red?
A California red blend that is so smooth and lusciosly delicious with chocolate, vanilla, and red berries, that even your best girlfriend who only likes super sweet wines will devour every drop; except (and drop this line after a glass or two), It’s not super sweet! It’s right on that dividing line,but not so sweet that those who crave the bold and heavy reds will enjoy this wine as well:-)
Pair this wine with just about anything, from foods with some sweetness, like milk chocolate, or even the heavy and bold foods, especially meat lovers pizza. 🙂  I actually paired this awesome red with red velvet cookies! (And man was it delicious!)
So sit back, relax, and enjoy your holiday weekend with this beautiful red bottle (It’s bright and red bottle just lures you in), while watching the sunset and eating some barbeque:-)
Average Price: $9.99 – however,  you can usually get this on sale for $7.99 at grocery stores and Costco!
Have a great Labor Day weekend Wine lovers! Cheers!
“Wine is the thinking person’s health drink.”

Wine and Dine! Easy Quinoa Salad and a Glass of Bubbly!

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Hello wine lovers!  Trying to come up with something easy,  filling,  healthy,  and of course pretty to eat tonight for dinner? How about some quinoa salad with vegetables and some lemon dressing,  with some sauteed shrimp?
Then top it off with a bottle of Spanish sparkling wine,  Cava. The equivalent of French Champagne,  and made in the same traditional method (made in the same bottle), the bubbles, the peach and light fluffy bread essence of a well made cava (which are $15 and below),all capture the simple, light,  citrus glory of a quinoa salad and the atmosphere of, “Hey,  it’s time to cool down and unwind.”
So sit back,  relax and enjoy a refreshing glass of lovely bubbly at your next (can you believe it,  it’s just that simple,) 20 minute meal 🙂
Have a great weekend wine lovers!
Cheers!
“Wine me baby! “

Your Wine Girl Facebook Page!

Good afternoon my wine lovers! Wine Wednesday is just around the corner! (Yes, it will be up Wednesday, I swear on the bottle!) Just wanted to give you an update for those of you who have Facebook out there, and remind you to check out the YourWinegirl fan page! Like the page and get blog wine updates and even page exclusives!
So check it out my wine lovers, and drop me a comment or question if you like! 🙂
YourWineGirl Facebook Page!!
Cheers!
“In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it.”

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?”

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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”*

YourWineGirl…….. Wine.Simply.Answered

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Welcome to YourWineGirl. Wine.Simply.Answered!  My name is Melanie, and I am, you guessed it, YourWineGirl! 🙂 I am certified by the International Sommelier Guild in Wine Fundamentals, and pursuing more certifications as we speak! (or type) 🙂  I have a passion for wine and love sharing my passion with others. If you’ve ever had a curiosity about wine, even to holding a wine tasting at home, then you’ve come to the right girl!
Each week I will post a new wine tasting where you can ask questions or leave comments, and each week I will post a new wine list of wines I recommend, and being the reasonable sensable girl that I am, are all $15 and below. 🙂

**COMING SOON: Thinking about having a wine tasting at your home? What about a wine tasting with the girls? Let me know! I will come and host a wine tasting at your home, with wines that will surely be appreciated by all your guests! Lists and Pricing soon to follow!*****

I hope you find my blog helpful and insightful, and if you still have questions, you can always shoot me an email : yourwinegirl at gmail dot com

*”Wine A Little, You’ll Feel Better”*
Ohh and don’t forget that I am your source for the best wine reviews online today!