Wine Wednesday: Mionetto Prestige Prosecco and Gran Rosé

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We have some good friends who recently got engaged and that is all the excuse we need to celebrate with sparkling wine! Last week we came together to celebrate (again!) and talk all things wedding. We enjoyed trying Mionetto Prestige Prosecco and Mionetto Prestige Gran Rose

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We started with the Gran Rose which is an extra dry rosé and it was fantastic! Our friend Mike didn’t realize it was dry and even remarked on how pleasantly surprised he was by the taste. The color is beautiful and matches the taste which includes raspberries and strawberries but isn’t too sweet. 

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To continue our celebration we opened the Prosecco which was light in color and smelled of apples and pears. It tasted refreshing with the perfect balance of bubbles and a dry finish. 

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We really loved both of these bottles and even better is that they are reasonably priced. The Gran Rosé retails for around $16 and the Prosecco for around $14. That is cause alone for another celebration! 

 

Wine Wednesday: Wine Down Box

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As you know by now, I’m a huge fan of Happy Hour…whether going out for happy hour or enjoying it at home. Recently, I discovered Wine Down Box where they send you everything you need to have your own happy hour. How convenient is that?! I was lucky enough to try their June pairing and it didn’t disappoint! 

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The box included the following:

Maroon Wines
2013 Cathartes Vineyard Chardonnay

This 2013 Cathartes Vineyard Chardonnay was whole cluster pressed, then cold-fermented in tanks with minimal oak to express rich aromas of ripe citrus fruits. On the palate, the wine is nicely balanced with citrus fruits and hints of ripe tropical fruits. It has a nice acidity that maintains freshness from start to finish. 

Plymouth Artisan Cheese
East Meadow Cheese

Named one of Oprah’s top favorite things in 2015, this Vermont company knows how to make outstanding cheese. This cheese was aged 60 days, then cut and waxed by hand. It is buttery and creamy with slightly sweet notes.

Olympia Provisions
Loukanika

Loukanika is a Greek salami flavored with equal parts garlic & cumin, and a touch of orange zest. In order to keep tradition alive, Old Man Cairo passed along this time-tested recipe to his son (Olympia Provisions Salumist), Eli.

Each pairing includes a delicious bag of artisan Nita Crisp wheat bread crackers.

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The wine was delicious. Definitely a bottle I would be more than happy to indulge in again. The cheese was also top notch and went perfectly with the wine. My husband is a fan of all things sausage, so the Loukanika hit it out of the park for him. The bread crackers that were included were perfectly thin and didn’t fill you up, yet added just what was needed. 

Subscriptions cost $45-49/month which is a lot less than what you would spend if you went out for happy hour and had appetizers and a bottle of wine! This would make a great gift…to a wine lover or to yourself. 

Foodie: Seafood Boil

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A couple of weekends ago the weather here was still bearable, so we wanted to enjoy dinner in the backyard. I decided to do a seafood boil and to simply use the BBQ’s side burner to boil it. One pot, one burner and then we threw it down on the table for everyone to enjoy. 

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The simplicity of this boil is to die for and it was so much fun to basically eat off the table. We laid down brown paper bags so the table itself wouldn’t get dirty and enjoyed!

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I used red potatoes, corn on the cob, smoked turkey kielbasa, shrimp, and Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning. I put the potatoes in too early (or cut them too small), so they were slightly overcooked but edible so no biggie! 

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Wine Wednesday: Murphy-Goode Sauvignon Blanc

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Another week and another wine, this one is perfect for these warm summer days we are having. I hadn’t experienced Murphy-Goode Wine, part of the Jackson Family Wines and I’m so sad I’ve been missing out all this time. If you live near the Bay Area, you know that we are experiencing 90+ degree weather and there’s nothing better than being able to relax with a cool, refreshing glass of wine.

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Murphy-Goode’s Sauvignon Blanc, The Fume is the perfect ending to your warm day or weekend. We had friends over for a BBQ last weekend to watch the Golden State Warriors make it to the Finals and I was so excited to open this bottle. It was light, crisp, refreshing and didn’t overpower with any floral flavors. 

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From the winemaker, “This Sauvignon Blanc is all about the fruit spectrum from citrus flavors through the tropical. Look for notes of tangerine, peach, melon, and pineapple all brought together in a focused manner. I like to think of this wine as a poolside appropriate.”

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As if the taste wasn’t great enough, the retail price is $14! I really enjoyed this variety and can’t wait to try other Murphy-Goode wines. Look for more wine reviews on them very soon!

Wine Wednesday: Riverbench Winery Chardonnay

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This week I got a special treat with an impromptu wine tasting at Riverbench Winery’s tasting room in Santa Barbara. Downtown Santa Barbara has an area known as the Funk Zone where there are vintage shops and 16 tasting rooms….all within walking distance of my hotel! Yippee! I wanted to find a good Chardonnay to take back to my hotel and put my trust in Google to point me in the right direction. Riverbench Winery came up with a review of a Chardonnay that will make anyone fall in love with the variety. 

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I wasn’t alone when I ventured into the tasting room, so I wasn’t sure if I’d be welcome. My husband was with me, but so were Toddler D and Baby K. We were greeted warmly and told to bring the kids right on in. Another couple from Tucson were enjoying the Bubbly tasting menu with their adorable dog, Molly, who more than enjoyed having Toddler D as a playmate for a bit. I went for the Chardonnay tasting and each taste was better than the last. I started with the Rose of Pinot Noir and then had the Reserve Chardonnay, Chapel View Chardonnay, Estate Chardonnay, and the Bedrock Chardonnay. I ended up buying a bottle of the Chapel View which to me had the perfect slightly buttery taste and had me craving more. 

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The tasting room is beautiful with a long L-shaped couch and quarter wine barrels that have steel tops, which coincidentally make for perfect drums if you are a toddler. I can’t wait to go back and try their Pinot Noir and Sparkling Wines!

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