07.02.2013

Wine Night

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It’s summer, and that means that temperatures are getting hotter, days are getting longer, and, if you’re a member of our family, work is rewarded  just a bit more generously. With all of these things in mind, Shannon and I decided to have a wine night, and taste a few different varieties to see which we liked best. White wines are perfect for summer days/nights because they are typically chilled, and are crisper and lighter than reds, making them perfect for the hotter weather!

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Of course with wine we needed appetizers to fill the bellies and cleanse the pallet! We put out some almonds, dried fruit (like apricots and figs-my newfound favorite!), apples, and grapes. And no wine night would be complete without cheese! Whole Foods has some pretty out-of-this-world truffle gouda cheese which is worth the financial indulgence every once in a while!

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Some quick tasting notes on our picks:

Peju 2012 Sauvignon Blanc: This is a very light, very crisp wine that is fruity on the nose, and has a really clean taste. It’s a perfect wine to drink during the day by the pool or sitting out on the patio for happy hour.

La Crema 2012 Pinot Gris: Sort of the middle child of the three wines, it’s not as light as the sauv. blanc, has a bit more depth to it, is a little less fruity, but is still light and refreshing.

Cambria 2011 Chardonnay: My personal favorite of the three, this chardonnay is buttery, and not overly oaky like some big chardonnays. It had some big flavor and was the least fruity/sweet of the three.

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Wine nights are a fabulous way to get together, have fun, AND find out what kinds of wines you like! Plus, wines are completely uni-sex…Shannon’s hubby was very involved with ours! And of course, they can easily be modified to any budget-no wine snobs here! Cheers!

Comments

  1. Terri says:

    Great appetizers. So light and yummy. Love the wine also!!