Thursday, July 24, 2014

Winey Tasting Notes: Spritzing Like They Do In Italy!

The Winey Mom sipping a Spritz in Rome
One of my Spritz breaks. I saw them served
mostly in this oversized red wine type glass.
Another post about sipping like an Italian, or as I call it, "What I Did On Vacation." This time, I'm going to tell you how to make a Spritz. If you want to sip like they do in Italy, you've got to know about this drink. I was alerted to its existence by a Winey Friend who was in Italy just before we were, so I was prepared to look for it. But as I soon found, you don't need to look far. It's on nearly every menu there, but in different areas of the menu. For instance, one restaurant could have it listed under the aperitif (before the meal) section. Another could have it listed under cocktails. And a few of them had it listed with the soft drinks. (Quick soft drink aside here: if you order coke, ask for "American champagne". It'll get a laugh out of your server and show them that yes, you know that you are American, that you have a sense of humor and that you still want it anyway. Personal experience here.)

Spritz originated in Venice, but you can find it anywhere you go in Italy. Don't confuse it with a wine spritzer, which is wine mixed with seltzer (and considered by some to be a waste of wine - why DILUTE it, for heaven's sake?). The Winey Son and I enjoyed many of them (ahem) on the very hot June and July days and nights we spent in Italy.

Italian menu listing for Spritz
 Spritz listing on a menu - grouped
this time with cocktails. 
bottle of Aperol
The Winey Mom's brand
new bottle of Aperol. 
The basic ingredients for a Spritz are Prosecco (Italian white sparkling wine), Aperol (an Italian aperitif, a liqueur with a bitter orange taste) and seltzer water. Whenever we had it, it was garnished with orange slices. Typically, you'd use a dry Prosecco, as opposed to the sweet variety (but it might be fun to experiment sometime!). There are other liqueurs you can use to make a Spritz (Campari, for one), but the ones we had were all made with the bright red Aperol. So as soon as we hit the USA, I headed out for a bottle of Aperol (don't buy it in Italy, it'll just make your suitcase heavier and it's easy to find here) and some Prosecco (whatever brand you like - but since I was mixing it to make a Spritz, I kept my price point to under $15, which is easy to do). I usually have some club soda hanging around, so I used that.

Now, as for the actual "recipe" for the drink. Let me put it this way, if you ask 20 different people how to make chili, you will get the same basic dish, made with varying amounts of spices, meats, beans and veggies. So it is with a Spritz. You have three ingredients and can mix them up in a ton of different ratios (but don't take my word for it, go ahead and google "Italian Spritz recipe" and see for yourself). One page will tell you to add all three in equal amounts (i.e.: one part Prosecco, one part Aperol, one part soda). The back of the Aperol bottle suggests 3:2:1. (I've also seen 2:1.5:1, but who has time for all that math?) I started out with 3:2:1, since it was the one I saw the most. If you are totally against a bitter taste, go less on the Aperol, but the bitter taste was really what gave the Spritz its zesty kick. You could also add some more orange slices, but I suggest saving them to the end of your drink and then eating them - yummy!!

What you will taste in a Spritz is a bubbly, sour fruit drink.  It is a very refreshing drink. (The smaller Prosecco bubbles meet with the big old club soda bubbles and really go to town!) It is very easy to drink, especially if you are thirsty, so consider yourself warned.

And now I have some Winey homework for you all: Make a Spritz. Tell me what kind of Prosecco you used, what ratio you decided on, and what you thought about it. We can compare notes and survive summer's hot weather all at the same time.

And in the meantime.... Cin cin (translation: cheers)!!!!


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Winey Tasting Notes: When In Rome....Drink Frascati

We did it! The Winey Family is just back from a long awaited trip to Italy, a country we have been saving and scheming to visit for about 2 years. To misquote Julius Caesar: "Venimus, vidimus, omens nos" (translation: We came, we saw, we did it all!) From the sightseeing to the eating  and shopping and of course, the wine, it was the trip of a lifetime. Over the next few posts, I'm going to tell you a little about the Italian wines I sipped, and I'm going to start out with a wine that will come up every time you hear the phrase "Italian wine": Frascati.

I cannot lay claim to knowing
families eating dinner in Rome
A splendida serata (wonderful evening) in Roma!
about Frascati before heading over to Italy and our first stop, Rome. It just so happened that in the way of all great minds, one of our best buddies from college (we are all proud Northwestern University alumni) was also visiting Italy with his family this summer, and we discovered that we'd have a night in the eternal city together. Plans were made to get together for dinner, and it was there that The Winey Friend and his wife told us they'd tried Frascati the night before and loved it.

I picked up some info on Frascati after our dinner from a cookbook I had bought in Rome*. It's a varietal from the Castelli Romani hill town of - what else - Frascati. It's one of the oldest Italian wines - Pope Paul the Third was a big fan, and he was Pope in the 1500's!! It is usually a drier wine (there is a sweet version, but it's rare) and is usually a sparkling wine.

wine cork from a bottle of Frascati Superiore
I didn't lug the bottle all over Italy,
but I did save the cork!
The Frascati we drank that night was Casale Marchese Frascati Superiore DOCG (2013, 13.5%, Italy).  It was the sparkling kind, and started out with a nose of fresh air. No flowers, no smoke, not anything but a whiff of fresh air. The tiny bubbles were very lively in the mouth and the flavors were layers of minerals, followed by faint lemon and a hint of flowers. It finished on a bit of sour citrus (Meyer lemons).  Our friend said it best when she remarked, "It's light but it's full of flavor." I think the bubbles had something to do with it. They just took all the minerality and citrus and exploded them in my mouth. It was wonderful paired with my white fish dinner, but would be terrific with shellfish, chicken, pizza, prosciutto or just about any food you can think of that you'd eat al fresco on a gorgeous June evening while you are in Rome.

Maybe you are thinking that my glowing review of this wine is a bit prejudiced by the fact that while sipping it, I laughed and reminisced and talked and ate and laughed some more. But given the fact that I'll soon be on a hunt to find some Frascati here in Ohio, I'd have to say that I liked the wine as much as I loved the evening we spent drinking it. Frascati is available lots of places but I will caution you to plan on drinking it soon after you buy it. As the Casale Marchese website says,"Frascati should always be consumed before the next harvest starts." In fact, it's on sale about a month after its first bottling. Good excuse to drink up promptly, isn't it?

Cin cin!


*The Flavours and Scents of Rome. 2013 ed. Rome: L'Ortensia Rossa SRL, 2010. Print.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Winey Tasting Notes: A Visit and Tasting at The Nation's Oldest Winery, Brotherhood

"Hey, Mom, did you know that America's oldest winery is right near here?" Oh, the joy in my Winey heart as the Winey Son, calling from West Point, uttered those happy words. He was planning some trips for us the week of graduation, and Brotherhood Winery of Washingtonville, NY was one of the first outings he mentioned.

Brotherhood Winery wine barrel signThus, on the Sunday before he graduated West Point, 8 of us made our way through the ever gorgeous Hudson Valley to the town of Washingtonville. Way back in 1839, Jean Jaques opened the underground cellars after cultivating vineyards in the area for over 25 years. Those cellars were and still are the largest underground cellars in the country and are in use today. The winery is able to say that they are America's oldest continually operating winery because in the dark, sad days of prohibition (insert shudder here), Brotherhood was allowed to continue to produce wine. Why? Well, they provided wine for the church and were granted permission to continue making sacramental wine. Brotherhood's website will tell you that "It has been noted that the clergy population in the area grew substantially during this period." (Insert chuckle here.)

Brotherhood Winery cellar
The Brotherhood cellars and our Winey group
The best way to see the winery is to buy a Tour and Tasting pass, which gives you a tour of the famous cellars, the grounds of the winery and a tasting flight afterwards (appropriately enough, the tasting is held in an old church right on the grounds of the winery. Never forget your roots, people!)

Winey children in front of a Brotherhood Winery cellar barrel
The Winey Kids in front of one of the
massive cellar barrels (for
perspective, the Winey Son is 6'3"!)
The guides at the winery are pretty cool (this was the agreed upon term from our group, ranging in age from 18 to way past 18). And funny. After explaining the various buildings on the grounds to us, we headed down into the cellars. The first thing you notice is the chill. Then the guide says, "You know when they tell you to serve red wine at room temperature? Well, this is the temperature they're talking about." (About 55 degrees, if you are taking notes.) You get a history of the winery's owners (from the Jaques to the Emersons to the Farrells to a group of Chilean businessmen to today's Chilean owners, winemaker Cesar Baeza and the Castro and Chadwick families). The Chilean connection is why, in addition to the famous New York wines produced at Brotherhood, you are able to get some great Chilean offerings as well.

We got to see their sparkling wines on the riddling racks down in the cellars (they use the method champenoise process for their sparklers) as well as over 200 oak barrels and a tiny vault area that held some of the oldest vintages in America.

Brotherhood Winery tasting room - Winey Mom, Hubs and Son
Winey Son, Winey Hubby, Winey Mom in the tasting room.
Tasting room photos courtesy of Winey Daughter,
who is only 18 and couldn't
taste, so she snapped away
And then it was up and out and into the tasting. Once again, our tour guide proved to be an amazingly good sport, because let's face it, the more wines we tasted, the louder and chattier we got. You could choose between a "sweet" flight tasting or a traditional flight, each with 7 wines. Let's just say there was ample sharing going on in our group, so we did get to try most of the wines we wanted to.


I'll start out with the sparkling wines.
Blanc de Blanc is a dry sparkler, full of ginger and creamy bubbles.  It finished tart with a bit of a sour aftertaste. If you love dry champagnes, this is for you.

Carpe Diem (10%, NV) was the favorite of the sparklers in our group. It's made from Muscat grapes, and has flowery and fruity flavors to it. The flavors work so well with the bubbles! It was so tasty that we carped this diem and now have a bottle at home with us - it was on many of our "let's buy this one" lists.

Grand Monarque is the top of the line sparkler at Brotherhood. It runs $40 a bottle and is raved about by the staff there. It wasn't on the tasting, but of course, we bought a bottle (at the Winey Son's urging). We haven't had the chance to open it yet, but I will review it when we do.

The whites were next.
Chardonnay (12%, 2012): I liked this wine well enough at the tasting, noting some oak tastes with a touch of light fruit above it all. I did buy a bottle and had some after we got back, and in that bottle I tasted lots of celery. Not a great thing, in my opinion. There were also flavors of green leaves and oak and something very woodsy and tart as well. It was crisp and thin in my mouth. I think I'd like to try another bottle of this one, given that the two tastings I had of it were so different. And who knew how long the tasting room bottle had been open.

Sweet Riesling (12%, 2013): ding ding ding...we have a winner. This wine has won many awards, and rightfully so. Lime on the nose and honeysuckle flavor and a nice, clean finish that keeps this from being one of those sticky sweet Rieslings. It was our favorite wine and is the winery's best selling wine as well. An interesting note: during the Clinton presidency, the White House folks realized that there were NO American wines in the wine cellar. So they held a contest to choose USA wines to add, and this Riesling, along with Brotherhood's Merlot, won. Quite the endorsement, huh?

Now for the reds.
Brotherhood Winery tasting room - two soon to be West Point graduates
Soon to be 2LT's:Winey Son and
Winey Roomie in the tasting room
Pinot Noir: oh well, can't win them all. This wine was flabby and a bit sour. The taste of bacon and smoke overwhelmed everything else. Now again, the bottle could have been opened for a while, given that we were not the first tour of the day.  But one little sip was enough for me.

Merlot: Another award winner from the winery, full of cherries and dark berries. It was velvety in my mouth. I really liked this one lots.  I did buy a bottle of this, but for my life, I cannot find it now. I think I need to check the Winey grandparents' box of wine, which at the moment, is 500 miles away. I will keep you informed on my search, though, and will report back with a full review if I ever find it. (Geez, how did I lose track of this bottle?)

Winey son hamming it up in the tasting room
Winey Son hamming it up 

I also tried some of the May Wine, which is a spring staple in Germany. The best way I can describe it to you all is to say it's just like drinking strawberry soda. It was that sweet. Not my favorite, but certain members of our group headed straight to the store and got some (they are also the people I suspect of having my Merlot, in case you were wondering).

Winey son drinking wine, pinky up
Winey Son after being told to behave

Much to my surprise, the Winey Son loved the Brotherhood Ruby Port (18%, NV). He is a newer wine drinker and I never even knew he had the taste buds for Port. A bottle of it is now at our home, awaiting the proper dessert to sip with. (Review to come.)

If you ever get the chance, do yourself a favor and visit Brotherhood. It's a leisurely half day visit, and if you decide to stay and eat lunch, it can become a lovely full day outing.  The wines are mostly available in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but they have an online store and are about to start a wine club.  I can almost assure you we will be ordering more of the Riesling.

Let me know if you  try and of these and cheers!!

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Winey Tasting Notes: William Hill Chardonnay for Our New Second Lieutenant

It was quite a day. We woke up at 5 am and were out the door of our hotel by 5:30. It was a damp, chilly fog shrouded Hudson Valley morning. We pulled up to the gates and were waved on through. And then again. Then it was onto the shuttle bus, into the football stadium and settling in for our 3 hour wait for the ceremony to start.

So, what kind of a ceremony would you wait three hours for? How about your son's graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point? Why three hours? Well, we had to pass through security on our way in because his big boss was the commencement speaker. And when your "big" boss also goes by the titles of "Commander in Chief" and "President of the United States" and the Secret Service says you must be in your seats 90 minutes before the ceremony or you will be locked out, well, you tend to listen. (We actually breezed through security, hence the extra long wait.  But as our son said, "Better safe than sorry for this one." I had actually never heard such words come out of his mouth before, so we took it very seriously.)

excited West Point moms on graduation day
I told you we were excited.
Two and a half hours later, having received his diploma, shaken the President's hand and thrown his cap into the air, we arrived at a stately old hotel at West Point for the new Second Lieutenant's commissioning ceremony. (Actually, they had all commissioned during the grad ceremony. This ceremony was a more personal commissioning for families and the new grads.) Our son was commissioning with four of his best buddies from West Point, and over the four years, we had gotten to know them and their families very well. So it was 5 families together. And what I mean is, it was five brand new Army moms together as their sons started the  next chapter in their lives.

What did we moms do? Yup.  We got to our luncheon room, dropped our coats and headed to the hotel bar. This is really not as disrespectful as it seems, since this was a day for total and complete celebration. We had all been working together via email to plan the luncheon and the ceremony and coordinate with family and friends and our sons (want to guess which ones were the hardest to get answers out of?).  And before that? We had lived and laughed and cried with our children for the entire four years of West Point. Through the highs of their academic and military success to the lows of massive workloads and brutal training assignments and the dreaded room inspections (The Winey Son, if you ask him, will tell you that he never once slept UNDER the covers of his bed. It was much easier to sleep with a blanket on an already made bed than to try and get it ready for inspections - scheduled or not.) We had worried about injuries and illness. And every time the caller id came up that it was them, woe to the person who got in our way as we lunged and grabbed for that telephone.
bottle of William Hill Coastal Collection Chardonnay
So yes, we trotted together down to the bar in order to start the celebrating and toasting. And it didn't make sense to just get one glass of wine, now did it? We had a few hours left as we watched our boys commission together. So we agreed that some bottles were in order.

I decided that a Chardonnay would be a lovely way to go on this day, and I selected a bottle of William Hill Coastal Collection Chardonnay (2012, 13.5%, California). I had tried some of their reds a while back and when I saw the Chardonnay on the list, I decided this was a good time to try that. It turned out to be a very, very good idea.

The best way to describe this wine is to say it's "oakey and sweet". That may sound like an odd combination (I usually don't take my oak with sugar), but that is what leapt to my mind. (For the record, I bought another bottle of this when we arrived home to make sure I had the correct info - I did NOT trust my note taking that day.) At first sniff, you get wet oak - think a forest after a rainstorm. The first note in my mouth was that sweet oak. There was the oakey Chardonnay flavor of course, but it had a sweet overtone to it. Sweet oak. It's the first time I remember tasting this combination. It was followed by pear and green apple and ended with a bit of kiwi. The kiwi gave the finish a tartness to it that was amazing after the sweetness of the first sip. It felt nice and round in my mouth and that was just right. If it had been a velvety, rich feel, the oak might have taken over the taste. In any case, this was such an interesting, sweet note to a classic oakey pear Chardonnay. I just loved it.

Buy this wine if you can't decide if you like ultra oaky Chardonnay or super sweet Riesling. It's got enough of both tastes and will seriously give you the best of both worlds here.

It was the perfect wine to sip on and toast with through many happy, relieved, proud and overwhelmingly joyful tears. Not to mention with my fellow Moms, who are without a doubt, some of the best buddies I have had through these years and will have for years to come.

Go Army! Go Moms! Cheers!



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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Winey Tasting Notes: Pas de Deux and Pomp and Circumstance

As I write this review the Winey Family is just days out from the Winey Son's graduation from West Point. This will be our first graduation of the week, since three days after, the Winey Daughter will graduate from high school. So as you might image, The Winey Hubby and I have been doing some thinking about those two and the paths they're about to walk upon.

Graduations are, by nature, bittersweet. On the one hand, many of the graduates are SO ready to move on. They've grown out of the routine of their recent years, be it college or a high school. They know there are bigger and better adventures out there and in the usual way of the young, want it NOW.  But on the other hand, they are not quite ready to move on from the friendships they have developed. Or the families they have grown up around. The easy comfort of the people who know and love them, or the familiarity of a small town, of a campus, of the light in the window that is their goal at the end of each busy, wonderful, frustrating day.

So we will watch those two remarkable people step out of the Winey House to write their own stories, knowing, in the way only parents can, that those stories could be so very different than what they have planned.

Take The Winey Son, for instance. A few short hours after walking across the stage at Michie Stadium, he will commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Army and will begin his career. Will it be spent in the Army? Will he stay on after his West Point commitment is fulfilled? Or, will he take off on a totally new path...one that he might not even realize is there right now.

bottle of Pas de Deux, Biltmore WineryThere is a point to this, I promise. And as usual with The Winey Mom, it begins with a bottle of wine and one of my favorite wineries (and houses, for that matter). I am talking about Biltmore Winery in Asheville, North Carolina. Home of the awe inspiring Biltmore House (if you ever have the chance, go see it...it is jaw droppingly stunning) and home to the most visited winery in the country. The Winey Hubs and I have visited there often (see my review of Christmas at Biltmore wine), but I recently learned something about the winemaker there that made me take note.

Sharon Fenchak became the Biltmore's winemaker in 2003. And just when did her interest in wine blossom? When she was IN THE ARMY!!! That's right. The Army! Sharon enlisted at age 19 to be able to serve our country and explore the world. And then, as Sharon puts it, "I was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Vincenza, Italy for most of my time on active duty. While in Italy, I fell in love with the culture of wine, food and the Italian lifestyle. My favorite wine at that time in my life was the Moscato from the Veneto, Colli Euganei area of Italy. We have a wine at Biltmore called Pas de Deux that was inspired by the Moscato wines from this region." 

After her service in the Army, Sharon went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in food science from Penn State University as well as a master’s degree in food science from the University of Georgia, which lead to jobs in Georgia wineries before joining Biltmore in 1999. What a wonderful journey, right?

And it is a bottle of that aforementioned Pas de Deux (2010, 12.5%, Asheville, NC, grapes from CA) wine that wound up on my winey front steps a few weeks ago for my winey sampling pleasure. Pas de Deux is a sparkling Moscato, made from 100% Muscat Canelli grapes. What a delight this wine is! And to think we might never have been able to sip it if Sharon hadn't joined the Army, gone to Italy and fallen in love with sparkling wines!

The first thing you'll notice with Pas de Deux is all those pretty little bubbles. You will catch the scents of apricot and orange blossom, followed by flavors of almond cookies and mock orange. It finishes on a slightly bitter lemon fruit note. This is a semi-dry wine and has such a wonderful, grown up flavor to it! Fruit, but not cloying fruit. Think of it as tea time as compared to a child's birthday party. It would pair well with a range of foods, from fruit to seafood to a creamy dessert.

It would also pair very well with toasting your children as they mark the milestones of their lives. (And given that, it is going to also have to pair beautifully with waterproof mascara, tissues and a bit of proud sobbing.) So here is to the Winey Son and the Winey Daughter as they start out their new chapters. Enjoy the ride, and if you wind up in a winery at the end of it,  make sure you invite your Winey Mom to happily toast you once again!

Cheers!

I received this wine for review purposes. The opinions are all my own.
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Winey Tasting Notes: Steelbird Unoaked Chardonnay for National Chardonnay Day

Last Friday was International Sauvignon Blanc Day. As I said in my review that day (Novas Sauvignon Blanc) I tend to be very suspicious of made up holidays. That does not, however, include the ones that have to do with drinking wine. On that note, let me wish all of you a happy National Chardonnay Day 2014. You're welcome.

bottle of Smoking Loon Steelbird Chardonnay, 2012Given that Chardonnay is pretty much the king of varietals these days, it can be a bit overwhelming to choose which one(s) to sip on this day dedicated to Chardonnay. But this year I happened upon one of my favorite types of Chardonnay - the unbaked kind - and the decision was a bit easier. To give you a quick refresher course, Chardonnay is traditionally aged in some sort of barrel. That's what can give it the cinnamon/vanilla/oaky/buttery flavors. But, as with any rule, there are exceptions, and some winemakers are giving us unoaked Chardonnays. No wood shall touch these grapes! And as I have tried more of these Chards, I am becoming a big fan of them. Why not let the grapes speak for themselves?

So, the wine in question for this review comes from Smoking Loon, part of the Don Sebastiani & Sons family of wines. It's called Steelbird Unoaked Chardonnay (13.5%, 2012, Napa, CA) and true to its name, the wine is fermented for 5 months in stainless steel tanks. It's a very pretty spring green color - sort of a golden green - and has lush aromas of mango and apricot and very ripe pears. It tastes of yellow apples with a hint of that pear. And oddly enough, it ends on a toasty note. I swear it was in there - kind of oaky and toasty. Not overwhelmingly so, but there all the same. So you can attribute this to the power of the grapes (while Steelbird is 92% Chardonnay, there is some Chenin Blanc, Symphony and Sauvignon Blanc blended in) and not the barrel. The wine feels very round in your mouth and there is a wonderful touch of velvet running through the middle of it.

And boy am I glad they decided to let these grapes sing on their own. I felt like I was getting a true Chardonnay flavor without giving it all up to the oak. The tastes were well layered with fruit and grape skins all pitching in here. I liked this wine a lot.  If you don't want your Chardonnay big and buttery and oaky and woodsy, you will love this! The fruits are there, but not in an overly sweet way. Just true fruit flavors blended together in a big old steel tank. It retails for about $10 and is readily available. A bit of a different take for National Chardonnay Day 2014. And in this case, different is a yummy thing.

Cheers!
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Friday, May 16, 2014

Winey Tasting Notes: It's International Sauvignon Blanc Day!

OK, am I the only one who is very suspicious of made up holidays? Did you know there is a frog jumping day? A sea monkey day? An accounting day (eww...math...shudder)? Don't get me started on Sweetest Day, as we here in the Winey Household ignore that one completely. I suppose you could find a holiday dedicated to just about anything if you tried hard enough. Or start your own. It seems pretty darn easy.

But while these holidays kind of irk me, you will never hear me complain about a day dedicated to an entire varietal of wine. (That didn't surprise anyone, did it?) And it just so happens that today is the 5th International Sauvignon Blanc Day. Wheee!! It'll come as no shock to anyone that this day was started by a California winery, but for the very best of reasons: to get folks around the world to drink Sauvignon Blanc. I'm in.
bottle of Novas Sauvignon Blanc
The official first sip comes in New Zealand, which is justifiably known for Sauvignon Blanc. There are some amazing tastes coming from that little island down under! And as much as I tip my winey hat to the New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, this year I decided to tell you about a Sauvignon Blanc from Chile.

I received Novas Sauvignon Blanc (13%, 2012, Chile) as a sample for Earth Day celebrations, because it is made from organic vineyards and organically grown grapes. But a very busy spring was getting in the way of my wine tasting (how rude of my life to interfere with my fun) so I didn't get around to sipping it until Earth Day (another one of those holidays, by the way) was long past. And this turned out not to be a good thing, because I had simply delayed drinking a very yummy wine.

This vino starts out with a nose of starfruit, ginger and salt air (think beachy minerals). The first taste to hit you is green peppers, followed by celery and minerals and ending up with some key limes. What an amazing grouping of tastes! Complex? You bet. There is a lot to smell and taste here, and it all fits together in the end. There is not one bit of sweetness in Novas. In fact, I'd say it's sort of an earthy wine in a summer garden way. It's all green and crisp and fresh and fragrant. Yup, I loved it.

This paired very nicely with what seemed to be my only hour of down time in a very busy few weeks: a brand new episode of Grey's Anatomy. I am unashamedly addicted to that show. Or maybe I'm addicted to an hour of peace and quiet on Thursday night. Either way, this Sauvignon Blanc was the perfect companion to an hour of Meredith and Christina and Derek and Burke (yes, it was one of the good-bye to Christina episodes where Burke returned).

So, on this 2014 Sauvignon Blanc day, I would totally recommend a bottle of Novas. But please, if you can't find one, do uncork any bottle of your favorite Sauvignon Blanc. Because this is one holiday I totally endorse.

Oh, and guess what May 22 is? OK I'll tell you. National Chardonnay Day!!!!!! You've been warned, so no excuses. And be sure to check in that day for my review of a wonderful unbaked Chardonnay!!

Cheers!!

I received this wine as a sample for review purposes. The opinions are all my own. 
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