Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Getting back on the horse

**tap, tap, is this thing on?**

So, has absence made the heart grow fonder?

Anyone that knows me knows that I will never turn down a glass of wine. Actually the only time now in recent memory where I have done so has been when I was pregnant.

Side note: never become the girl that doesn't turn down wine and then actually turn down a bottle brought for you. ESPECIALLY when you are trying to hide the fact that you are pregnant. I did that very thing and I think sent my now sister-in-law home with the very thought that at I must be pregnant. Never mind the fact that on their wedding day when red wine was right there for the taking I stuck to water. But I digress...

Back to my love of wine. For the record I need to state two things: 1. I am frugal and 2. I am not a wine connoisseur. I tend to find one or two brands that I enjoy and stick with them. Recently we started purchasing boxed wine. Now before you laugh at me, they are actually becoming more and more accepted. After all, it isn't the box that causes the wine to be bad. Get off my back, okay? From Tyler Colman's piece in the New York Times.

Although some sommeliers may scoff at wine from a plastic spigot, boxes are perfect for table wines that don’t need to age, which is to say, all but a relative handful of the top wines from around the world. What’s more, boxed wine is superior to glass bottle storage in resolving that age-old problem of not being able to finish a bottle in one sitting. Once open, a box preserves wine for about four weeks compared with only a day or two for a bottle. Boxed wine may be short on charm, but it is long on practicality.

Now I'm not saying that it's cool to rock the Franzia wine again. But, next time you are at the liquor store and pick up say Black Box or Banrock Station, no one will look at you funny...promise.

Okay, I am really getting off the task. I suppose that is what months away from blogging will do to a person. Back to wines in glass. One of the wines that I have always enjoyed having on hand both for it's taste and for it economical value has been [yellow tail]. I tend to focus more on the shiraz and cabernet, but recently tried a chardonnay. The [yellow tail] tree-free chardonnay is their newest wine offering. It isn't aged in oak (hence the name) and has a nice bright citrus flavor. Considering that it is a thousand degrees outside it was a really nice refreshing drink. I venture to guess that it would make a nice addition to a white sangria. It would also work well as a spritzer or perhaps mixed with pom juice. The possibilities are endless.

It was wonderful with my fish tacos (recipe for another post). While I am not a huge white wine drinker I can definitely say that I have found a new favorite!


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2 comments:

The New Me said...

I'm not a big fan of Yellow Tail, but I absolutely love Australian wines. Rosemount, Lindeman's, Black Opal.

If you ever get a chance, try Simi Chardonnay. Probably the only California wine I am in love with. It's the special occasion wine because I am also cheap...uh, frugal...and it typically costs $15.

A votre sante!

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