We’re Screwed!

What did the nut say to the bolt? “Screw me”

 

 

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Found on Google.com credit to Dreamstime.com

I was drawn to the label, yes, I like good art.  This one insinuated travel and I was going to be watching Marco Polo on Netflix and he traveled, are you following me yet? I was perusing several bottles and this caught my eye but also the fact that they had a 90 rating. I got caught in the moment, yes, I was distracted by the allure of travel, the light, yet richness of a Pinot Noir that I missed…I missed…I missed the fact that this bottle was a (gulp) screw top. I am sure I should place some sort of disappointed emoji or an empathetic one, but I am over 21 and I am not going to do so, at least not yet.

Now, to not show that I am ignorant to the trend, I recognize the monetary savings that goes on in the production of wine and using cork. But, But, But…here’s the deal. Wine is not only enjoyed because it brings pleasure to your taste-buds and warms your body or relaxes your mind after a long day. No, wine is not only about linking yourself to history, even to Biblical times when this beverage that changes day by day enlightens your soul.  No, it is not only because they use wine to filter water to give your body sustenance should you be stranded in a desert or on an island and need water for life (yes, wine is a purifier to water and if you had to purify water through wine…I want to move to that island). This according to TurtleRunWinery.com fun facts about wine. [On a different note, I like their site, worth a visit while sipping.]

The fun fact states: Did you know that humans originally consumed wine for the express purpose of purifying water? Yep! Blend 10% to 25% wine with water and let it sit for 30 minutes and you can drink that creek water!

However I caution you, that just like skinny pants, just because you can doesn’t mean you should. So, DO NOT EXPERIMENT ON YOUR OWN...WAIT FOR FURTHER DOCUMENTATION, DO NOT EXPERIMENT ON YOUR OWN!  Remember, you are not Bear Grylls. and he squeezes elephant dung to make water.

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To prove the point of Do Not Experiment on Your Own, He is (for the most part) a spectator sport. I will not squeeze poop to make water.

 I am a gadget girl, so I am not locked into the past. However, one of my favorite aspects of wine whether solo, couple, family/friends or grand gala…the anticipation of the bottle opening, watching it work its way to the top with a gasp for air…that adds excitement…that is Anticipation!  That is why, I normally refuse the purchase of a bottle that my wrist can turn to the left and without a gasp, is open. Okay, I know your thinking, why did this blonde link to Anticipation?  Because it was more than a Ketchup song…it is one of the key aspects of wine that makes us clink our glasses and celebrate the moment..yes, the moment! Click on the link, it is a really good song by Carly Simon.

So, whether you want to collect your corks to do something crafty, or not,  I have to tell you that there are times when you  may have to cross over and get screwed. I admit it, most times I would run, again out of principle.

Courtesy of Wine Folly and Simply the Best

Wait! I know what you are thinking! When we open a bottle of wine using a device, it is called a cork screw! Sigh, yes you are right. But, there is still satisfaction on going through the motions and determining whether any cork remains in the bottle.  I will not draw a clearer picture to you other than Eric Claption’s great song for the Color of MoneyIt’s in the Way that You Use It. 

So, what I am telling you, should you choose to accept this mission, trust your gut.  If you like the story, like the grape, like the company…step outside your comfort zone and give it a try. At worst you are out a few bucks, or need a palate changer. But, you will not be short an experience.

Tonight, I chose to unscrew this:

Left Coast Cellars, Cali’s Cuvee Pinot Noir from 2013. My husband said, you are not paying attention…but, it is not bad.  I mean it doesn’t suck and it is much better than expected from a pre-judgmental audience. It was good!  It had a multitude of flavors, it was smooth and true to the grape.  It is affordable and mostly, it forced me to step outside my comfort zone and taste.   I ask you, what is life if you don’t taste it? Friends, drink what you like and celebrate you!

 

 

 

Every Horse Deserves at Least Once in its Life to be Loved by a Little Girl (or Big Girl)

I am a city girl. I grew up in Miami, Florida. I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.  I grew up near Broad Causeway where the tracks to “Jive Talkin'” by the Bee Gees was inspired and created. Yes, I am one degree away from a Bee Gee, but that is another post.

I am going to go out on a limb and declare that most girls at some point in their lives ask for a horse.  They can do so often, once in a while, or once but at some point, they put the request on their wish list. When I was growing up I was fortunate enough to go to a dude ranch in Lake Wales, Fl.  It was Circle F Dude Ranch and a great place with so many fun experiences.  It is a treasured experience that I now share with my niece and my youngest daughter. I, even sat in the backseat of our car as we drove from Lake Wales to Miami repeating, “I wanna horse”…or rather ” I ..Wannnnna Hhhoooorrrrssssssseeee”.  How my parents didn’t throw me out, I do not know. They are much better parents, individuals, humans than I. But, my love affair with the giant steeds was born and I am so grateful my youngest has carried the torch.

Horses are a rare breed. Not because they are uncommon, but because they are truly magical. They do not need the mythical horn from their forehead, the possess all the magic one desires by gazing at them or even better, letting them take you for a ride.

Is this a bragging moment, yes. Yes, it is. This is my daughter not having rehearsed and going over cross jumps and I am a proud mama. Yes, totally own it, I am bragging…and now I’m done.

I ran across a wine, that just looked liked it had a western element.  I have had it before, but I was struck by the label seeming so leathery and that had me thinking as I was watching my daughter at her lesson today at MaeBree Ranch. This is a bright, crisp Chardonnay from the Rutherford Valley region in California.  It has some citrus but also grounded and true to the new generations of Chardonnay.  I couldn’t resist having some fun with this bottle around the ranch.  Although, this was a full bottle…why I trusted these guys to not knock it over and lick it up for themselves, I don’t know. Again, it must be a horse/girl thing.

This Chardonnay is really quite good. It is under $20 and can tie in with anything, but it is fun to harness it to a horse. Ok, so I couldn’t do that, but I did do this….

What is the wine that has me unbridled? Mossback Chardonnay, because I knew I was going to be outside and couldn’t resist the leathery , saddle type of label. It fits into the Colorado Western lifestyle we think we have here in the West.

Now, I finished the day or evening off with a Valpolicella from Allegrini Vineyards.  More licorice than I normally prefer but it fits the rough riding or rather smooth riding that we have been highlighting here.

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Here’s a selfie of Lola, she is telling you to try what I recommended but really she is telling you to drink what you like.  I am running a 7K into Broncos Stadium in September, we are the Galloping Hot Bloods after Thunder, the Arabian Mascot for the Denver Broncos.  So, cheers to finishing the race and Celebrate You!

Hace Caliente or It’s Hot!

Global warming or just that time of year called Summer, we are nearing the dog days and it is hot. We are beyond warm, or a little touched by the heat, we are in full flip-flop mode and portable fans.

Now, I don’t always think it necessary to pair wine with food. As I have said before, drink what you like and choose the guidelines if you wish. But, I do tend to make a deciding factor on what I drink based on the weather.  To me when it is hot, it is the time to keep the drink a little lighter and sometimes even a little sweeter.  Warning: If you make it too light and too sweet you may drink too fast due to dehydration, be careful.

One of my favorite drinks to cool down the heat, is Sangria. There are many kinds, but typically there are three version for you to choose from: a red, a white and a cava (sparkling wine). My favorite place for Sangria and Cuban/Spanish Cuisine is The Columbia in Ybor City, FL (Tampa).

 

 

This place is very much a destination place when you visit Tampa, in particular, Ybor City. Known for it’s “Cuban” Cigars, it is hard to get much more authentic than actually going to Cuba. This is a very eclectic neighborhood that is continuously improving and free roaming chickens.  Go see for yourselves, believe.

So, back to it being hot, this place alongside it’s great food is known for it’s sangria. The Columbia has packaged a mix to help you in the process and I have used it, and liked it. Now, I didn’t have all the fruit on hand to make it pretty but I can tell you, temps in the high 80s to low 90s and it was refreshing and on point. Pics below don’t do it justice, but the ones after will, I promise:

Due to the Spanish origins, I use a Rioja wine to make the red sangria. Again, we did not have much fruit, so we used limes and grapes. But, I highly suggest you try oranges in the mix. The Cerro Anon Rioja from 2009 was perfect for this blend that had me lounging on my deck admiring the grass that probably needs to be mowed, but it’s hot, so I tell my son, the lawn can wait till manana as I don’t want to hear the rumble of the push engine catching grass. Nor, do I want to hear him whine about mowing the yard, that would get in the way of the only whine I tolerate and that is wine, without an “h”.

Now, if for some reason, you are not experiencing the mercury rising in your neck of the woods, here are some songs that may put that feeling into play for you. In no particular order of heat index, here are some great songs to enjoy your Sangria: 

The Heat is On by Glenn Frey

Hot, Hot, Hot by Buster Poindexter

Heatwave by Martha and the Vandellas

Hot Fun in the Summertime by Sly and the Family Stone

When Your Hot Your Hot by Jerry Reed

Summertime Blues by The Who

In the Summertime by Mungo Cherry (1 Hit Wonder)

Some Like it Hot by Power Station

But if you don’t want songs that sing about being hot, or heat or summer, I believe this new song by Justin Timberlake, should be the 2016 song of Summer. What do you think?
Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake

Now, back to the Sangria. My recent trip to The Columbia, we tried the Sangria Cava, which is Sangria using a Spanish sparkling wine. The pictures will show some of the process and I will attach the link and post recipe to the refreshing blend that made one forget for a brief second that all the temps said, 90+, it felt like over 100 on the thermometer.

This was so yummy! The recipe from their website is as follows:

Sangria de Cava (Sparkling Wine Sangria)
Columbia’s sparkling white sangria is great for a fancy brunch.
   Ingredients
1 375 ml bottle of Cava (or any sparkling wine)
¼ ounce Torres 5 Brandy (or any Spanish brandy)
¼ ounce Gran Torres Liqueur (or any orange liqueur)
Splash of lemon-lime soda
1 orange
1 lime
Cherries for garnish
Simple syrup*

Preparation
Cut orange and lime in half. Fill large pitcher with ice and combine the wine, brandy, liqueur, lemon-lime soda, the juice of half of an orange and the juice of half a lime. Stir. Add simple syrup to obtain desired sweetness. Slice remaining orange and lime into thin slices. Garnish glasses with orange, lime and cherry.

* To make simple syrup, combine one part water to one part sugar in small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Chill before use. Serves 4.

As I mentioned previously, you can purchase their mix to aid you in the assistance of your perfect Sangria. I suggest you stick to Spanish wines the Riojas, Cavas to make it as authentic and delicious as possible, but as I always say, drink what you like. So, experiment among yourselves. Let me know how it turns out.Click on The Columbia Gift Shop to purchase your mix.

Lastly, my last visit was timed with the timely return of my brother and his wife from Spain and Portugal.  My love of wine runs in the family and to let you know how they are using cork in the Mediterranean other than to top off a bottle, I give you the cork shoe.  Yes, I am now going to have to get a pair, but for now, here is a picture of cork shoes on my brother’s feet.  Salud!

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Out of the Box

Well, I couldn’t resist myself when at one of my favorite restaurants Villagios in Lutz, Florida we ordered a really great, Italian wine to accompany the meal.  It was a Summus by Castello Banfi.  We ordered the larger bottle, the 1.5 and when it came to the table, it was the grandfather of boxed wine.
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By now, you may know a little about my sense of humor.  I couldn’t resist, I said, “boxed wine”, laughter from the table from the owner not so much, then he joined in…yes, you are now understanding why I call this blog, The Blonde Grape. For the record, this place is authentic Italian. Italian owner, much of the staff is Italian and I am talking accents in all, which alone would make it great but the food is authentic and molto bene. The decor is a little different but reminds me much of the Italian Restaurant in Moonstruck

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This beautiful Summus, whether 750 or 1.5 is a perfect accompaniment to eggplant, veal and I even liked it with my grouper. It must be the Italian but they pair very well.
20160627_181342_resizedBut, all this thought about boxes got me thinking about the phrase, think out of the box.  Now, I just wrote that I drank this red wine with fish and so yes, I drank outside the box and I think you should too.  I say, never get into the box and then you are not encumbered by other people’s rules.

Now, to further invite you to my world, there are two types of music going through my head. One is the song about Little Boxes, but the version I have linked you too is really quite creative and again outside the box. Why, because all you see and hear is from boxes. It is worth a listen, so feel free to click on the link. Here it is again: Little Boxes.  The other one is a kissing cousin of our beloved Italian crooner, Frank Sinatra.  It is Sammy Davis Jr. in Vegas with Buddy Rich. These two are beyond talented and although not Italian, I am pretty sure Frank thought of them as such.  The song currently being played is “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone” which after having you think outside the box and laugh at my joke on boxed wine, I guess I will be asking the same thing.

Now, I would be remiss if I didn’t share with you that tonight at one of my favorite wine shop, Loop Liquors, I saw a real boxed wine that had me giggle at the name a bit, but I may have to give it a try.  I mean with all the talk that a glass of red wine is worth an hour of exercising, may a glass of this wine is worth a face-lift.

Bota Box
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Go have some fun, drink what you like and raise a glass to celebrate you!

What’s in Your Backyard?

When a picture says it all. The two pics are of South Catamount Reservoir as you drive up Pikes Peak. Pikes Peak is one of the pinnacles of our region and is in my backyard.

Now, it is not that long ago, that the world was shocked and awed by the fact that the USA was producing wines and damn good ones.  The west coast tended to lead the way and although a few other areas tried, they were not taken too seriously.  Now, that is changing. I can say first hand that I have had wines made in Texas, New York, South Dakota and Colorado.  I think there is still a lot of room for growth but we are well on our way to expanding our horizons in the  vinicultural world and a new way to play tourist as we travel across the states.  I may even try some Florida wine soon.

On the way home after a great day of kayaking on the reservoir.

I was reminded of just how lucky I am to be living in a place where I can hike, bike, kayak, or just be lazy outside with mountains surrounding the waters.  Before, we made it all the way down the Peak, we decided we would cap it off and grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant, The Wines of Colorado.  This place is great! It is small, very casual so whether you are a tired tourist looking for a great souvenir for you and yours or you are a local trying to do the same, you blend in.  But, the food is really good and if you thought Colorado only had a couple of wines, you would be hugely mistaken.  Yes, we are better known for our microbreweries (Pikes Peak BrewingBristol Brewing  to name but a few) and growing distilleries (3 Hundred Days of Shine)  but we have some really good wineries and the Wines of Colorado is the place to sample them.

They have two decks that are creek side and although directly off of Hwy 24, you do not hear the road.  Rather, you hear a babbling brook and it is really a great little escape, especially for us locals.

One of the things that make this place great is that you get to sample the wines, not just before purchase of a bottle, but before purchase of a glass.  That is very cool but, be careful, your taste buds may get greedy (easy to do) and the tasting could take you a while.  I suggest you sample before you sit down, remember which ones you like and then go to your table. I tried several and the ones I liked the most were Pikes Peak Chardonnay, it was a little smokey and yet smooth. I also tried Garrett Estate Cellars  a very well-balanced, smooth 2011 Chardonnay that is unoaked.    We ended up buying a bottle of the latter and we also bought a red blend Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from The Winery at Pikes Peak , called Parliament Blend. 
20160710_161800_resized_1Upon arriving you walk through an indoor patio and then the wine shop with a great bunch of “stuff” for the wine enthusiast. Everything from shirts, hats but also wine holders, aprons etc. I couldn’t resist taking a few pics as they show that we oenophiles have a good sense of humor. Make sure you click on that last link if you have any doubt of what the word means. Once you do, you may use it all the time just to see the reaction on people’s faces when you do.

More samples of stuff:
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Your challenge, should you choose to accept it is to see if there is a local winery near you (or even in your state).  Get out and explore your backyard and safely imbibe on the flavors that contribute to the fermented grape and enjoy.  You may be surprised at what and how much you find when you sample what is growing in your backyard.

Cheers!

The Blinking Cursor

There it stares at me, this blinking vertical line on my computer screen. This place keeper to mark what I have started but deleted and started again to finally end up here. Off, damned blinking cursor, off I say.  A slight reference to Lady Macbeth. Act 5, Scene 1.

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Can this be really happening to me? Do I have ‘gulp’ writer’s block? Okay, quick google search and I find “How to Overcome Writer’s Block”  by Jeff Goins. There are lots of great tips here and so I bookmarked the page but, not one of the suggestions is to drink wine. I know this could be dual edged sword, but this is a wine blog and it seems to me if you want to breakthrough the block, you pour yourself a glass, take a crazy picture of it and start from there.

I do as he suggests and turn on some music. Playing now, “HARD LOVE” by NEEDTOBREATHE. As the song plays, and the wine trickles down I come to reality that we make love so much harder a choice than hate. Since, I am trying to always stay on the positive side especially for this blog, the recent events have it hard to be positive. So, I sit comatose in front of the screen.

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Says it all, sort of…

When people start believing headlines before the story can even be written, that can be dangerous. It makes tragedies that much worse and incites people’s worst fears. Since negativity is being spread and we, humans want to be included we jump on the negative train. Yet, we should take the time to pause and realize that at our core, all of us regardless of sex, color, religion or any other difference are also part of one race and we are trying to learn how to be unique and the same.  Perhaps, we shouldn’t try for the same, just accept the unique and marvel at all the colors that bring into this world.

One of my favorite quotes and I use it often as I am in marketing. I apologize in advance, but, I think you will smile at its honesty.  It is a line Tommy Lee Jones says in Men In Black.  “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”  Since beliefs are based off of the choice to believe, I believe we are better than our recent behavior and although I do not know the tipping point to make us all realize that, I pray it comes soon. We people everywhere still have much to learn.

So, how did I get around the writer’s block? Well, I took silly pictures of the bottle with the bard’s photo on it. I positioned it with several books of no particular style, because I read everything.

Noticing that I like what I read and it is all very different, I even read the labels from the wine. Now, something else different about this particular wine, by the name of Writer’s Block is that it is a Cabernet Franc.  Yes, again different but I was willing to give it a try hoping that it would be a little lighter in texture because of the warm weather we have been having lately.  It was light, and to a pleasant surprise not sweet but rather more on the peppery side. A very smooth drink that invites you back for more as you continue to sip.  I will be looking for other vineyards that produce a Cabernet Franc wine so I can expand the horizons of my taste buds.

Now, I leave you with the quote from one of the great poets of all time and was influenced by William Shakespeare: “Wine, one sip of this will bathe the drooping spirits in delight beyond the bliss of dreams. Be wise and taste.”
John Milton, English poet, (1608-1674)

So, I listened to music, I sipped some wine, I took silly photos and I celebrated the differences. I hope you take the time to celebrate you!

 

 

Pairing Wine With a Dog

For the record, I have three dogs. Today, I will introduce you to Mojito. She comes from a long line of spirited dogs in our family.  We started with Champagne, Cognac, Chianti, Merlot, Bacchus and the other two current ones are Bordeaux and Riesling. So, this affair with wine or dogs, is legitimate.

We took our Alaskan Malamute, Mojito on a hike.  She loves to be outside and she loves water even more.  When dad got a pebble in his shoe, she jumped in to stomp around in the squishy mud.

In our house, you may hear Elvis, but probably not Hound Dog as it doesn’t reflect too nicely on a dog just because he failed to catch a rabbit. You might hear The Monkees because since we have three, we tend to agree with the theory, Gonna Buy Me A Dog. I realize, inserting the link to identify Elvis was probably not needed but when Kurt Cobain has surpassed him in searches, I thought I would just be safe and give equal time.

So, what do you pair with a spirited malamute named after a refreshing latin drink?
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Yes, you serve a pinot noir from Chateau La Paws that proudly supports no kill animal shelters and serves up a really nice red wine.  I tend to pair my wines with the weather too, and summer is perfect for a full-bodied red but that is on the lighter side. Plus, the terrier on the label is so cute, could you resist this face if you saw it on a shelf? I didn’t think so. I have had others from the vineyard, and I encourage you to try them next time you are purchasing wine.

If you want to know if Merlot approved? See for yourselves.

She gives it a good sniff and was pleased with the decision.

Until next time, keep waggin’ and celebrate you!

The Celebration of Independence

This is one of my favorite times of year.  I live in a small town and the benefits of it are numerous but this time of year, we seem to get people for a terrific four-mile fun run on the 4th, the greatest small town parade, street fair and then cap it off with bands and fireworks.  It is a long day, but it is really nice to see this town come so alive and welcome so many families and friends.

Top left: Bananas provided by Planet Deadline Escape Rooms for the race finishers
Middle Left: Crowd of finishers at race
Lower Left: A fun mobile
Right: A Colorado mermaid on the hood of the vehicle showing a two-finger peace symbol.

Thank you to Facebook, I was reminded of a great character that Robin Williams did that seems very appropriate for today.  He portrayed the American Flag. The portrayal is a reminder that we are one nation, under God, Indivisible with liberty  and justice for all. We don’t have to take ourselves too seriously and we should always remember to keep a sense of humor with ourselves less we lose the ability to laugh.  My comic heroes: Mel Brooks, Robin Williams, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, The Carol Burnett Show, Laugh-In now, you pretty much understand where I am coming from when I speak this way. A sense of humor is critical.

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the birth of the United States of America.  We are fortunate to live here and like any youngster, we will continue to grow with a few stumbles, a few victories and the best opportunities for all our citizens to do the same.  So, today and this week, Celebrate Freedom, Celebrate the USA and Celebrate You!

 

 

What do we pair with a day like today.  Well, you can certainly do a red, or a white…but today (and I probably do this more often than most), I say celebrate with a white, made from a pinot noir grape  and it sparkles.  Roederer Estate Brut from Anderson Valley in California.  Now, this particular sparkling wine is a 60% chardonnay and 40% pinot noir, so you are getting a red and white which is 2/3 of the red, white and blue.

Roederer Estate Brut
Photo: Thefermentedfruit.com off of google search

It will not break your budget and is ideal for when you see sparklers, and beautiful colored lights exploding in the sky.  Remember to protect your pets, they do not understand our celebrations as much as we think they do the activity often scares them.

Oh, don’t think I forgot about the bluesy aspect of the red, white and blue. Perhaps, a bit more soul than blues, but turn it up to 11– James Brown and Livin’ in America

Happy Birthday U.S.A. and many more to you and yours!

 

Feeling Mischievous

Sometimes, you just don’t feel like following the rules.  Sometimes you want to bend them pretty damn far and start to hear a ticking sound before it cracks. So, this is one of those nights…

I should run
On the double
I think I’m in trouble
I think I’m in trouble
I think I’m in trouble
(from Trouble by Lindsey Buckingham)

There is a wine for such an occasion, Troublemaker. It is a red blend from Paso Robles and like anything mischievous, it is more than expected.  A little complicated if you will, but not so much that you will run from it. Just that it has layers, like…like…like Shrek. Now, it is not sweet like an onion or a  parfait (the comparison starts around :46)  but really quite daring.

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This wine had layers and it was really very good.  It sparked imagination and reminds us that although the name inspires fun and a little bit of misbehavior it is worthy of our time and attention.

This was a perfect wine for when you are feeling a bit on edge or really in touch with your feelings. No, not emotional, but bluesy like that pulse that can vibe through you when listening to the blues. A big resurgence in the blues was attributed to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.  Now, this is a red and does not need to be served like revenge-cold. But, to make sure you understand the blues reference and pay tribute to one of the great artists of all time, here is Cold Shot, for your listening pleasure.

I don’t want to intimidate you with this wine, so I am just telling you it is one that you can use to break the rules. For example, serve it with chicken dishes, or around a campfire. You see there are no rules and you can drink what you like, that is the message. This wine will adapt to your personality and worth the effort to go and find.

In case you think I am showing some age on this by throwing it back with song references, this Troublemaker also goes with today’s talents of Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson, here is their version of Trouble.

 

It is able to handle multiple personalities like Sybil but it is really straightforward and telling you up front, raise your glass and celebrate you! Cheers!

Tending to the Constant Craving

It varies from person to person but when it comes to having a craving that will fester and grow until it has been tended to, it is often sushi. Yes, there is chocolate, and nothing compares to it. But, when one mentions, let go for sushi, there is almost always a guttural moan in unified agreement that seems to be saying, “yes, yes give me sushi now”.  So, for those of you who are reading this thinking this is not me, I will simply say this.  You either haven’t tried it or you have something against food porn.  Sushi by the names on the menu and in presentation is food erotica and no matter whether we are prude or not, you can’t help but be intrigued by the look of it. Now, if that doesn’t start you craving the wonders of the sea, maybe a little help through song about Constant Craving by K.D. Lang.  Play the song and it will be in your head for a long time.  Look at the pics while the song is playing, my guess is your next stop is sushi. You should play it, it is a great song.

Recently while visiting family, my brother (a non-seafood of any kind guy) asked would you guys like to have sushi? Cue the guttural moan. He suggested Osaka Sushi and Grill a place where we can BYOB and he can order food that doesn’t swim. The portions were extremely generous and delicious.  Among the food we ordered were the Sexy Lady Roll, Flying Sea Bass Roll, King of the Ocean Roll, White Hot Roll. All were very good but my least favorite was the Sexy Lady Roll and I think it was a texture thing because the flavor was great.

My brother is well-known for his passion and knowledge for wine.  So, we brought along a really fun and playful Cabernet Sauvignon.

I am a sucker for fun labels and wines that can entice you with a story. My first dog was a poodle, and this 2013 Old Poodle Dog wine could match my dog Fifi (we called her killer) in spirit and personality.  I suggest you look it up as you will definitely start a conversation and the story on the back about a French restaurant is also worthy of discussion.

Remember, the name alone will make a big splash but when you pour your reds, you should make them splash a bit to get the oxygen circulating. So, we brought our own little tool to help this out as well.

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See the tiny bubbles are not just for Champagne/Sparkling Wines anymore. But, these will settle down and your taste buds will love you for it.  Now, after writing this, I am going to have to figure out how I am going to get sushi again today.   This cab is great for Japanese food as well as some Indian fare as I have paired it with that in the past and loved it. Yummy stuff and cheers until next time.