Monday, March 16, 2015

Green Wine for St. Patrick's Day?!?

Happy St. Patrick's Day my wine lovers! Now I know that this is a big beer holiday, but hey, why don't we change it up, and make it a wine holiday! :)

Now how do we make this grand Irish tradition a wine holiday you ask? 

Well, how about with a glass of GREEN WINE?! That's right! Someone finally came up with green wine, and that someone might just be me! :) 



So how did I do this you ask? Well, it is quite simple... and quite fun!


Step 1: Pick out your favorite bottle of Pinot Grigio. 
Why Pinot Grigio? Good question! Well, if you look at your selection, majority of your Pinot Grigio bottles are green, or have some green to them somewhere on the label. Hence, a reason why I picked the Kirkland Pinot Grigio
The other reason for picking a Pinot Grigio is that they are light, easy, refreshing, and inexpensive (Kirkland Pinot Grigio is on sale at Costco for $5.99! You can find a bottle of decent Pinot Grigio around $8 at any wine retail location!). Personally, for me, I have always assumed a little green tint to Pinot Grigio because of the citrus and light feel. I could also say the same thing for Sauvignon Blanc. The point: grab an inexpensive bottle of Pinot Grigio!

Step 2: Go Green!
Yes, what you see there on the table is GREEN WINE!! :) All it takes? A couple drops of Green food coloring! Yep! That is it! No harm to the wine in any way, no take away from the taste, just plain 'ol non toxic coloring dye! 
Now you can make it your wine as green as you want. Like in the picture above, and the video available below, you can add a couple of drops to your own glass, which makes it an Emerald Green, or you can add a couple to the bottle, and come out with almost a Slimer Green (yes, totally just made that reference to the Ghost Busters. Can't help it. He is an awesome shade of green! Click on the link to watch a clip of Slimer's first appearance!)
 

Step 3: Enjoy!
Now that you have your St. Patrick's Day juice, it's time to celebrate and enjoy! I know it is a little weird to look at while you take a sip of the green delicious liquid, but I promise, it is worth it, and will be a huge hit at your next gathering! Plus, how many times can you say you drank Green Wine?!? 

So sit back and relax with your bottle of Green deliciousness and have a Happy St. Patrick's Day my wine lovers! Cheers!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Popcorn and a Glass of Fifty Shades of Grey White Silk!

Hello again my wine lovers!! Hope you are keeping up the drinking, as it is a civic duty of a wine lover. :) Now grab some popcorn, (I really do enjoy a bag of the Skinny Girl Popcorn. My husband got it for me and it's so delicious!) and then hit the store for a bottle of today's wine tasting!


Okay, so yes, I will admit, I read the book when it first came out, and went to see the movie Valentine's weekend. My two cents: book definitely better, but the movie did a pretty good job too! And yes, I went to Alamo Drafthouse and had a glass of this white blend while watching the movie too. Don't judge me. I like wine and I am sticking to it!

Now when I found out about the Fifty Shades of Grey wine a while back, I was surprised that a white blend (well now that I think about it, Grey does drink a lot of white in the movie and I believe in the book too...) would be made (there is also a red blend, called Red Silk, which I will hopefully be trying soon!). However, I think this blend hits it just right!

A blend of Gewürztraminer (as I mentioned in Rose Wine tasting, the one that usually has a defined Lychee taste) and Sauvignon Blanc, this crisp white blend is light and full of flavor! 

Clear with a light golden hue, this white opens up with lychee on the nose, a little pear and crisp honeysuckle; but blows your mouth with even more lychee (it's like you just bit down on one! Mmmm), grapefruit and a slight creamy butterscotch

So what are you waiting for??! Grab that popcorn and a bottle and enjoy all for under $15!

Perfect to Pair With: Popcorn, light pizza, fruit and cheese plates, white fish, and of course, just by itself!

Average Price:$12.99- Available at Albertsons, CVS (yep, the drugstore!), Total Wine, World Market and other wine retail locations!

Cheers my Wine Lovers!! 


Monday, February 23, 2015

It's Wine Time! How About a Cold Glass of Cameron Hughes CAM Collection Chardonnay?

Welcome back my wine lovers! Hope you all are keeping warm in this icy Texas weather. If not, just grab a bottle of wine and start chugging! Well, only if you are stuck inside like most of us. :) 

So on to the featured wine! Now as some of you may know, I used to have many jobs. (I used to have five jobs at one point. All I can say is, there was $$$ coming in.) One of these jobs, that really got my fascination with wine going, was working for a wine negociant, Cameron Hughes Wine as a Wine Contractor. Many of you might recognize the name from Costco and Sam's Club, (That's where I actually started. Doing dry tastings at Costco. I worked every weekend for months, to the point that I became dubbed "The Wine Girl." Most of the people did not even know my name. Just wine girl. Hence, I am now yourwinegirl,.... you know, just in case you were wondering how I got the name,) when they were in the Lot Series (The ones with Lot # that were like super inexpensive. We're talking mostly $10 and under. I believe this is where my $10 and under obsession began).... and yep, I was one of those people who would talk to you about the wines and offer you a taste as well. Ah the days. 

Jump to the present, and Cameron Hughes now has his own line, the CAM collection



I am loving this wine! I do not think I have ever liked a Chardonnay so much as this one. :)

Born in the sunny Monterey County in California, this wine is just lovely. 100% Chardonnay grapes, the golden color lights up your glass as honeysuckle, mango and vanilla fill your nose. My favorite part is when it hits the lips and it tastes like creamy, lingering pineapple mango all the way down! (I am a huge fan of Mangos! Some might even call me that. Right Pineapple? ;-p) 

Perfect to Pair With: Creamy pasta dishes, salmon, white fish, white or margherita pizza, or just by itself!

Average Price: $15.99- Available at Tom Thumb, World Market, Kroger and other wine retail locations!

Cheers my Wine Lovers! Enjoy your snow (ice) day!



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sweet Wine, and Kosher Too!

Happy New Year my wine lovers!! Resolution: new post every week! Starting today! :) Hope you all had a great year; and well, to start it off here is a wine that I have been meaning to write about since I discovered it! And why yes, it is a sweet wine, and kosher too! :)



Yes, many of you may recognize this beautifully blue bottle and squeal with delight. It is that good. 

Made in Italy with 100% Muscat grape (it's a small grape that is extremely perfumey (I don't think that's a real word, so let's go with fragrant), with the nectar and grapey smell, that it actually attracts insects... kind of like a moth to a flame kind of deal), this white wine is light in body and color with only 5% alcohol (yes, I am sorry ladies, but most Moscatos are about 6% or lower in alcohol), but big on taste!

Smooth, crisp, and refreshing from the slight effervescent bubbles, the nose is filled with nectarines, tangerines, and I get a little peachiness too, as the wine slides into your mouth and becomes absorbed with the classic grape taste. Yes, this is a wine that actually tastes like grape! (More of a white grape versus the classic black or red grapes). Keep that in mind as you shop for your next girl's night in. :) 

So what more could you want?! How about, this wine is actually Kosher and Passover approved? 


(Psss... Here is an easy way to identify Passover approved wines: If you look on the bottom of the front label, there's a little P in the bottom corner, which symbolizes Passover approved; and for authentic Kosher wines: if you look on the back label, there's a K which symbolizes that it is a Kosher wine. Pretty sweet and simple huh? And a little extra tidbit: Not all Kosher wines are Passover approved!)

So what exactly does this mean? Besides the fact that just about anyone can drink this wine; in a nut shell: that certain types of yeast must be used and handled by male Sabbath-observant Jews to equal a Kosher and Passover wine. Ta-da!

Now do you have to be Jewish in order to drink this wine? Do I have to be like Drake in order to drink this wine (yeah, just found out that Drake is Jewish! And he totally drinks Bartenura Moscato and shows it in his explicit (hey, I tried finding the rated version, and there is none such) video, I'm On One around the 3 minute mark)? 
Simple. No, just a fan of wine, or learning to become a fan of wine. :) Especially one under $15!

Perfect to Pair With: Desserts (goes a little better with non- chocolate desserts), fresh fruit plates, or just by itself! 


Average Price: $11.99: but you can usually find it on sale around $9.99 to $10.99 at Tom Thumb, Market Street, Total Wine, and other wine retail locations!

Mazel tov (cheers) my wine lovers! 

"Where Words Fail, Wine Speaks."

Friday, November 7, 2014

Wine and Big Bang Theory?! Don't Mind If I Do!



Hello again my wine lovers!!! I know my posts are becoming more few and far between, but I am here for you! Ever have a question or curiosity, just email me (yourwinegirl [at] gmail dotcom), Facebook me (Facebook.com/yourwinegirl),  or leave comments on my video tastings (youtube.com/yourwinegirl)!!

Now who's a fan of the comedy show, The Big Bang Theory? Well, just in case you were unaware, I am a big fan. Not like a fanatic, or overly obsessed, but I do enjoy smart comedies (hello, Frazier was totally awesome too!) Now, if you have been watching recently, you will notice that they usually all drink wine through out the episode. The fun part for me, being a wino and all, is to watch what they drink (weird I know, but it's fun, and well, I am a nerd), and I am sure I am not the only one who will occasionally notice what the label is.

Presenting, the winners of last night's episode, "The Prom Equivalency" (<--watch the episode):





















Bota Box Chardonnay



Visible on Penny's counter in the beginning of the show, this inexpensive, medium bodied white with aromas of vanilla and green apple, is part of the box wine trend that is blowing up all over the world! (You'll notice if you watched Shark Tank recently. BeatBox wine is available at Spec's Liquor now!) I mean, it's the most economical way to go right now. How you may ask? Well:

A: Bota Box is made from recycled material. Now who's against saving mother earth?
B: The wine inside the box is actually inside a huge plastic bag (another recyclable!) with a spout on the end, that you pull out of the box (There's an outline on the side of the box where it comes through).
The great thing is that the vacuum like action of the spout keeps the oxygen from interacting with the wine in the bag (oxygen + open wine = spoiled wine. You'll start to get that different, funky taste), making the wine last up to a month after you open it! Woo-hoo!
C: 3 Liters worth of wine. That equals 4, yes I said 4, bottles of wine. How many glasses is that you may ask? Well, it adds up to 16 glasses. Yep, looking better by the minute right?
D: Party in a box. It is very inexpensive, good eco friendly wine that you can take anywhere (hello hiking, camping, tailgating. Anywhere that prohibits glass, this baby can go!) and can sit in your fridge for a month.
E: All of the above only add up when you figure in the price. Most of these boxes you will find on sale for under $20!!

Perfect To Pair With: Salmon, Creamy Alfredo Pasta, Greek Salad, or your favorite cheese and fruit plate!

Average Price: $19.99 - Available at Tom Thumb, Market Street, Kroger and other wine retail locations!

Now don't judge Penny and the others so fast. We are in a wine loving economy :) Right after you see the Bota Box on the counter, Penny actually pours three glasses of red wine. It's a quite Noble wine:

















Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon

From the soils of Lodi, California (great grape growing rocky, free draining, sandy soil area), this wine is one of my absolute favorites for under $12! 
Called Noble Vines for the long growing history and traditions in Lodi (long history, long roots, good wine!), this is a nice medium bodied red with blackberry, cherry and coffee filling your nose, it goes down like silk with the slight toast and tannins, and leaves your mouth filled with deep cherry, blackberry and slight pepper. Mmmm. Oh yes, Penny has good taste and a great budget!

Perfect To Pair With: Stuffed Pork Loin, Ribs, Grilled Hamburgers, Chocolate, Pepperoni Pizza, or just great by itself!

Average Price: $10.99 - though you can find it on sale for $9.99! Available at Tom Thumb, Market Street, Kroger and other wine retail locations!

Cheers to Big Bang and Wine! :) What a lovely combination! 

"The Secret to enjoying wine: 1. Open the bottle and allow it to breathe. 2: When it does not breathe give it mouth-to-mouth."

Monday, July 28, 2014

It's Summer Time! Rose Wines!


Happy Summer My Wine Lovers!!! I am ecstatic to be writing for you again!!! It has been too long, but yourwinegirl is here to stay, and is now a married woman! ☺ (Sorry boys, I’m taken!) 
Now what better way to celebrate this Texas heat, then with a glass of chilled wine? 
But with what wine, you may ask? What about trying something new and PINK? Yes, I said Pink.  I mean, it’s summer my wine lovers. Pink is the new Red!

 So what is this awesome pink wine I keep talking about? It’s called ROSÉ! 
This pink wine is the most refreshing and light, fruity pink wine you will ever try this summer! Ranging from slightly sweet to dry, these pink wines are full of light cherry and raspberry, and just so darn delicious! Perfect for the poolside (hello ladies, I know you hide it in a red solo cup... just like I tend to do myself.. ☺ ), a Sunday patio brunch, or a make your own sangria night with your girlfriends (heck yea!); there are so many to try, and all under $10!
How can this be you say? Never fear! Yourwinegirl is here for you! I have two Rosés for you this week. Both under $10, both delicious and pink!

Starting with the awesome frog, Toad Hollow Dry Rosé is probably my absolute favorite pink wine! Made from the awesome Pinot Noir grape, (fun fact! Rosés are made from either
Option 1: The Pinot Noir grape, and barely pressed, (which really means that just a little bit of contact is made with the grape skin when combined with the yeast and sugar liquid, to get the awesome flavors and pink color in the wine!) 
OR,
Option 2: A blend of red and white grapes! (Remember how you would always lose your crayons? Not that way, but the coloring way.  Well, I totally lost the pink crayon. Actually, it cracked in half, so I need to use my red and white crayon to get my awesome pink! ☺ ) These grapes can range from Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Muscat, and more! )  
this pink is full of rose aromas (some floral-ness going on as soon as you open it!), that follows with tastes of strawberries and some delectable slight raspberry.  This wine blows me away every time! It’s just so light and smooth, with the perfect amount of fruits and dryness, all for under $10!
 Perfect To Pair With: Salmon, pasta, or even spicy buffalo wings. 

Average Price: $9.99 – Available at Market Street, Kroger, Albertson’s,  and liquor stores!

What about this other Rosé in the picture? Ah yes, my other wine of the week, the blended Ménage à Trois Rosé!  Yes, we all know the name…and yes, it kills me every time, but hey, makes you love their wine even more! ☺
 This pinky is a blended rosé of Merlot, Syrah and Gewürztraminer. What’s the last grape you ask? Yeah, it’s a tongue twister (pronounced Ge-vourz-tra-meener), this grape adds a little bit of Lychee fruit  荔枝 taste(Asian fruit you peel with a white fleshy inside, revealing a sweet fruity goodness), to the floral, raspberry,  and strawberry notesMaking your mouth water right? Just a tiny bit of dryness, with a lightness that’s sure to please, especially in the blazing hot summer sun; this wine is another great under $10!!
Perfect to Pair With: Asian dishes, white pizza, grilled pork dishes.
Average Price: $9.99 – Available at Market Street, Kroger, Albertson’s, and liquor stores!

Cheers my Wine Lovers!!! 
Stay cool and wined up! ☺


Monday, December 23, 2013

Spanish Quarter Wine Tasting!!

Happy Holidays my wine lovers!!! :) Sorry we missed each other on the last holiday, but hopefully you were able to check out the Thanksgiving wine pairings on my Facebook page, Youwinegirl.

Now! It's time to think of Christmas gifts, and well, what better gift is there than the gift of love through a bottle of wine!!! :)

This week's wine selection is the Spanish Quarter Cabernet Sauvignon-Tempranillo 2010.  An awesome Spanish Red wine, this is a delicious new tongue teaser that's below ten dollars and makes the perfect Christmas gift!

The Spanish Quarter
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon-Tempranillo
Spain

A beautiful red colored wine, this Spanish beauty captures you from the bouquet of raspberries, and dark plum. Smoothly it flows down your tongue with a little spice, red fruits, and low tannins! That being said, there is No bitterness, No dryness, or intense alcohol in this wine! 
It's absolutely delicious and pairs well with pizza, heavy meats, and chocolate!
Great for your last minute Christmas gift, this wine is available for purchase for under $9!!

Average Price: $8.99!!! Available at Market Street stores, and other grocery stores!!

Cheers my wine lovers!!:-)

Merry Christmas!!:-)

"Have Yourself A Merry Little Cocktail."

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Zombie Wine Tasting!


Happy Halloween my wine lovers!! Time to bring out the ghosts and goblins, and have some spoo-tacular dripping red blood wine! :) 

This week's selection is the Haunted Zombie Zin. A novelty item, and unfortunately only seasonal in most available locations, this wine is perfect for your halloween party!

Zombie Zinfanel
California
Non Vintage

"The zombies are on the move. No need to panic. Haunted Zombie Zinfandel is a flavorful, easy-drinking wine with just the right amount of spice to satisfy the un-dead's insatiable cravings. It's sure to seduce anyone from the grave."

A totally easy drinking red blood wine (it's pretty red), this Zombie comes to life not only in the dark (Yes, I totally checked it in the closet after buying it. Totally glows, just make sure to expose it to the light), but also on your lips! 

For those Red Zinfandel drinkers out there (Guilty!), this wine is a little light and young compared to your Lodi Zinfandels, but still has the intense raspberry, slight oak and spicy aroma that carries over your tongue with cherry, increased raspberry notes, and moderate alcohol that slide down the back of your throat. 

Perfect to pair with spaghetti and meatballs (I mean brains and eye-balls!), steak or any hearty dish, this wine really is a perfect gift for a Halloween occasion! 

So sit back, pass out the candy to the trick - or - treaters from the front porch, and relax while sipping a glass of "zombie blood" and a handful of "chocolate eye-balls." 

Average Price: $13.99 - but Market Street has it on a steal of a sale for $5.00! Available also at Albertsons! 

Happy Halloween Wine Lovers!! Cheers!





"Wine and Dine is Fine All the Time!"

Friday, October 11, 2013

What Kind Of Wine Are You?


Time to share your feedback my wine lovers!! 


IF YOU WERE A WINE, YOU WOULD BE......

A Merlot! Because I'm Fruity!

A Cabernet! Because I'm Big And Bold!

A Riesling! Because I'm Light and Sweet! 

A Malbec! Because I'm full of spices and love!

A Pinot Grigio! Because I'm Zesty and Tangy!

A Shiraz! Because I'm spicy and berry licious!

A Chardonnay! Because I'm rounded and buttered up!

You can be more than one wine, but share why! This is meant to be fun and shared with all wine lovers!!! Please leave your answers and even other wine suggestions!! 

Cheers!!!

"Being in Love is Like Sipping A Glass of Good Cabernet."

New Age Red Tasting




Welcome back my wonderful wine lovers!! Cheers to a wonderful weekend and a loving hug to all my winos!  Sorry for the very long delay in this post, but all is well, and now time to get down to the bottle!!!

New Age Red
Non Vintage
San Rafael, Mendoza


Served Chilled, and this will probably be the last chilled bottle you can have this year before the cold front really comes in (Am I right Texans?!), this Argentinian wine is a wine spritzer's dream come true! It's literally like a red wine spritzer in a bottle! 
A blend of two popular Argentinian red grapes, this wine was specially made in a way that the floral aromas of rose and violets (yep, FLORAL is a common description that you will soon see popping all over labels. Yes, wine can definitely have a floral smell. Think about it the next time you smell some fresh cut flowers, and if you've ever smelled them anywhere else. Say, maybe some Honeysuckle in a Chardonnay??)  catch your nose when the glass reaches the lips, folding into flavors of cherries, and raspberry that stick to your tongue like a juice cocktail blend with an oh so slightly sweet sparkling "sprite" touch to refresh your palate. 

Enjoy this wine simply by itself as a dessert, with some spicy dishes (it will definitely take that little extra spicy Zzzing off), or sweet dishes. Personally, it tastes good no matter which way you have it. Have it with chocolate, Kung Pao Chicken, in a glass with a splash of lime (makes it a little more exotic and brings out a little more of the flavors), or while watching the next Cowboys game with a bowl of hot wings (yes, WINE can go with football party favors. In my opinion, usually better than beer!). 

So sit back, reel in the last days of warm weather, and enjoy a glass while watching the sunset. 

Average Price: $8.99  - You can also find it on sale as low as $7.99. Widely available at grocery stores, liquor stores and whole sale in the "Argentina" wine section, or in the "Red Blends" section. 

Happy Friday my Wine Lovers! Cheers!! 

"The wine cup is the little silver well, where truth, if truth there be, doth dwell"