Summer

 

 

A family fun 4th of July!

A family fun 4th of July!

I truly love summer, especially a Seattle summer. Hot sun, long nights, BBQ’s with friends and a slower pace life. However, with this love comes some headaches.. known as school summer vacation. My kids are home, all day long. I have put out more arguments then I can count. I am continually finding new activities to entertain the little darlings. Begging my friends for play dates. Constantly looking at the clock wondering if it’s an acceptable time to crack open a bottle of wine (if that already hasn’t happened during a play date)

I am really not complaining though. Summer is my favorite time of the year. I just find it exhausting entertaining (or finding things to entertain) my children all day long. But the perks do outweigh the negatives.. by far. And wine tastes so much better, sitting out on my deck in the sun, watching dad play with the kids so I can unwind.

Summer wines can vary for me. I do tend to drink more whites and rosé’s. However, with the long summer nights, we tend to open some amazing reds we have been saving for special occasions. But for the sake of this blog, I am going to give you my top 5 summer wine varietals. This is a fun list to explore. Head into your local wine merchant and ask about this list. They should be able to point out some stellar wines for you (or check out http://www.vinwineseattle.com if you want someone to come and pour a tasting of these varietals for you).

5. Vinho Verde – an inexpensive, Portuguese, high acid, light bodied slightly effervescent white wine. There are many reasons why I love a Vinho Verde. First of all, it’s a low alcohol wine, which is nice for those evenings where you want a glass of something, but don’t want to feel all wobbly. Also because of the low alcohol, it pairs very nicely with loads of summer friendly foods. I personally love a Vinho Verde with Mexican foods, seafood, Asian foods, and anything spicy. The slight bubbles help tone the spiciness down. Check out the Espiral from Trader Joes, only $4.99 and surprisingly delightful!

4. Sauvignon Blanc– this is a staple summer wine. Again, pairs deliciously with summer foods. A Sauv Blanc can be light – medium bodied, acidic and depending on the country of origin, it may be grassy, citrusy, or even slightly oaky. I prefer either a more citrus or slight oak Sauv Blanc, especially to pair with food. I have many go to Sauv Blancs between France, WA and CA, but my all time favorite is Salvestrin Winery Sauvignon Blanc ($24.00) out of CA. The problem with this wine is that you cannot find it in WA. But if you take a Napa Valley trip, make sure you stop by! Check out their website though. http://www.salvestrinwinery.com

3. Chardonnay – a medium to full bodied white wine, produced in many parts of the world. I know this wine can often get a bad rep. But this summer I have fallen (hard) for this delicious, rich, white wine. Give me a smooth Chard and I am one happy gal. I do prefer the crisp, mineral, slightly oaky Chardonnays (Chablis) from the Burgundy region of France. I find them slightly complex and enough minerality to keep my attention. However, I have discovered many WA Chardonnays (and a few Chilean)  that also keep me interested. My two favorites WA chards at the moment are Revelry Vintners (around $15.99) and Baer Winery’s “Shard” ($24.00).  Both are stainless steel, crisp and heavenly.

2. Petite Verdot- This varietal has long been a blending varietal into Bordeaux wines from France. But in recent years, it’s been standing beautifully on it’s own. It has stout tannins and can have a violet, dark fruit and vanilla flavor on the palate. It is a particular grape, so it can be a hit or miss. With food, you need weight, protein and fat.. so basically cheeses and heartier meat dishes. The Petite Verdot I am in love with this summer is the Blue Print Petite Verdot from El Corazon ($34.99)

1. Rosé – really, a no brainer this summer. This light to medium bodied wine is perfect for a long summer evening. Almost every region makes a rosé (Rosado in Spain, Rosato in Italy). A rosé goes perfectly with summer meals as well. Charcuterie, grilled fish, pork, salads, shrimp, egg dishes, pretty much anything you would eat in summer. I am a big fan of Provençal rosé’s and Spanish Rosado’s. The AIX rosé from Provence ($14.99) is a standard in our home. I also have fallen in love with Espelt Rosado ($12.99) and the 2013 Red Car rosé from CA ($19.99 and Pinot Noir grapes, delicious).

There you have it! A must try wine list to survive the summer heat (or your children). Enjoy exploring this list… and let me know what you try!

Cheers!

A successful summer play date!

A successful summer play date!

Check out your local wine merchants rosé selection!

Check out your local wine merchants rosé selection!

 

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National Drink Wine Day

Drink wine day

Today is National Drink Wine day. What are you planning on opening up? For me, I am not sure. There are so many choices. I have this Chablis chilling, which sounds crisp and refreshing. However, it’s been a stormy, rainy, cloudy day here in the Pacific Northwest, so a red sounds a little more cozy. But which kind of red? I have one of my favorite WA blends in my cellar, Avennia, waiting for me to open.. but what if I just want one glass? I would hate to waste any of the bottle. It is one of my favorites. Hmm, what about this Sangiovese I have had for a while, that sounds lovely. Although I had Italian food last night.. and a Sangio pairs so well with Italian food (go figure). Maybe I should wait until I have Italian food again…..

See, I have a dilemma. I can’t decide. It’s such a fantastic holiday that I can’t make up my mind which wine to open. Maybe I should wait for my husband to get home to help. Yes, that is what I will do; get a second opinion.

But, I do have this Burgundy….

Cheers to a great holiday!

Carolyn

ps – don’t forget to check out Vin Wine and Events at   http://vinwineseattle.com

 

 

Wine makes the perfect gift….

Wine gift

It is that time of year!! Parties, gift-giving and cheer. Sometimes (or for me, all the time) it can be overwhelming to try and find the perfect gift. But, I would like to put your mind at ease… I am here to help!!! Let Vin Wine and Events help put together the perfect hostess, employee, mother-in-law, etc. gift for you… wine!!

Since I am still patiently waiting for liquor control board to finalize Vin Wine and Events, I cannot ship or sell through the company yet. However, I can still put together a customized wine list for you. If you have some ideas about what your gift receiver enjoys, I can help guide your wine gift for them. Or, if you want to surprise them with something new… I can help as well!  Just let me know where you like to shop for wine (Safeway, Costco, The Grape Choice, local gas station, etc.) and I can prepare a list to guide you in your store.

Send me an email Carolyn at vinewineseattle@gmail.com and I will make your holiday wine shopping easy!

Or if you just want to follow my blog, I will be putting out Holiday wine buys and meal pairings throughout this holiday season! (Thanksgiving recommendations will be out later this week)

Cheers!
Carolyn

Vin: Wine and Events

Vin: Wine and Events