Wednesday, February 26, 2014

It's Got Be Noon Somewhere.....

It was snowing again in NJ this morning, and as far as I'm' concerned, it's got to be Noon somewhere (preferably some place warm and sunny) so I can just get a little numb and forget about that white stuff falling on top of the 8" of white stuff still sitting in my yard.
No, really, I can't do that. Too much to do this afternoon. 
But, last weekend after several days without snow, we had a bottle of wine to celebrate, again thanks to my friends at the Wine Chateau.  This one was a Louis M. Martini 2011 Cabernet. Delish!
Typically, I am not much of a Cabernet drinker, but the reviews of this wine had me totally hooked! And to be fair, I was not disappointed once we opened it. It was not heavy at all, but had flavors of berries and a little green pepper without earthy or licorice flavors. I am not a licorice girl anyway, unless it 's the red one, so that worked really well for me.  The finish was smooth and this was a very drinkable wine which means in my world, it's perfect for a Friday night hang out and catch up, which is exactly when we had it!
Thanks again my friends at Wine Chateau-- not sure I would have made it this far through the winter without you.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Message in a Bottle- Drink Me.....

It's no secret that there has been a ridiculous amount of snow in NJ this winter. More than I can remember in several years, and enough to drive a woman to drink. Yes, that's right I said it.
Out loud.
In public.
Right here.
There is really only one way to handle multiple snow storms: comfort food and beverages. And lots of baking. So.... I've got wings, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks and everything I need to make cookies, ice cream and whatever else my kids dream up. I've got a bunch of books on my kindle, and of course several others in print for reading. And, if the power stays on, and the Xbox doesn't go out, I'll make it through the next couple of days.
Thankfully, the people at The Wine Chateau have us parents covered. I received a shipment just after Christmas of three wines. In the spirit of post-holiday recovery, I saved them and did what I could to fit back into my clothes.
And let's just say that I'm glad I did because with a week's worth of snow, I'm gonna need them.
Happy New Year to Me!
With the first week of snow in January, we dove into the first bottle, but I still have two more left. That one was a Foley Estate Santa Rita 2011. I love a Pinot and this one was delicious. The longer the bottle was open, the more the wine opened up and presented truly balanced flavors. The fruit of currants and the spice of licorice made it perfect to accompany a spice rubbed flank steak on a cold winter night.

I've got two bottles to go and two snow storms on the way. So, while I'm not a typically a wine reviewer (book and food, sure, but not usually wine) I'm looking forward to sharing the next two bottles-- The Louis M. Martini and the Cakebread-- with anyone else who's looking to get creative during the never-ending winter.