When you can't make a trip to Portugal bur Portugal comes to you. Just received samples of new releases from Quinta do Crasto a winery in the Douro region.
Coming through is:
Crasto DOC White 2018 - Douro DOC ($20)
Crasto Superior Red 2016 - Douro DOC ($29)
Reserva Old Vines 2016 – Douro DOC ($45)
Touriga Nacional 2016 – DOC Douro ($78)
I'm excited to get into these wines and do some pairings. You should get some Portuguese wines in your glass. You won't be sorry.
I blame my new love of Montepulciano wine on Soho House. It became my g to when the house red was switch out. It's the 2nd most planted red grape in Italy. The medium bodied wine has notes of plums, cherries, boysenberries, and tobacco.
My selection for the night is a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC by Caitina Zaccagnini ($15). The ruby colored wine has notes of violets and plums. The wine pairs well with meaty dishes like lasagna and pizza. I'll be a pairing with a cheesy garlic pasta. What's in your glass?
I got to wine and dine at Zuma featuring wine by Yealands Wines from New Zealand. Their chief winemaker, Natalie Christensen, was in the house to take us through the wines which included Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. You may not think that modern Japanese would pair well with wine from New Zealand, but it’s the perfect pairing. 🍷
Yealands is located in Awatere Valley, the southernmost, coolest, and driest of Marlborough’s wine region. All of their wines are sustainable. The wines are definitely worth sipping. They are mainly available in restaurants, but making their way to more stores. Be ready!
What I know for sure is that I really want to go to New Zealand to hang out with Nat and drink some among the vines. Cheers!
It's #SexyWineSaturday...what's in your glass?
I got a craving for Chianti so I'm taking my palate on a journey to Italy. I was talking to someone this week who said Chianti is so "old school". I prefer to think of Chianti as the "original gangsta". Comes in on the palate smooth, confident, and sexy.💃Bring it baby! 🔥
The wine of the evening is Frescobaldi Nipozzano Rufina
Riserva 2015. The red has aromas of spice, berry, and violets. I was going to pair it with pasta, but have decided to go with Peruvian style chicken. BOOM!
May the miam be with you. Cin cin!
Rosé is the ultimate sip and chill with your partner or get together with friends kind of wine. While it’s perfect for any time of year, spring and summer, seem to be the time that people fixate on rosé. That means rosé will be popping up at your local wine store any minute. Which one should you try? Decisions. Decisions.
Here are four bottles to help you think pink:
Jon Bon Jovi- Diving Into Hampton Water
When Bon Jovi said he was getting into the wine game, many of us gave a side-eye. Did we really need another rock star with a wine? Turns out the joke was many wine lovers, rosé including me. Bon Jovi worked with this son, Jesse Bongiovi, to put the spirit of the Hamptons into a bottle. The crooner has a home in the Hamptons. That’s rather common for New York based celebrities. He enjoys which is what he has deemed “pink juice” until his son came up with the cleaver term “Hampton water?
The three grapes for the wine are hand-picked in the South of France. It’s produced in Provence to be exact which is where rosé has been perfected. It was named best rosé of 2018 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
It’s the perfect pink juice to sip while chilling at the pool with your boo. Cheers to a sensuous lazy day with your partner. Live it up while you’re alive.
Sarah Jessica Parker- Invivo Rosé
Finally, Sarah Jessica Parker is giving women more of what they want and it’s in a bottle. Parker is tending up with a winery from New Zealand to produce a line of wines that will come out this summer. Now you know rosé is in the mix. It will probably be a big hit considering women will want to see what the Sex and the City diva is conjuring up.
According to Parker, she has always loved entertaining family/friends over a good bottle of wine and food. I guess this is her “inner Martha Stewart” coming out. New Zealand is an interesting choice for her when it comes to wine however the rosé will come from Provence.
It has all the makings of a rosé the have when you gather with your girls and talk about intimate details with your Mr. Big.
John Legend- LVE Côtes de Provence Rosé
Sultry singer, John Legend, has added a fourth wine to his already stellar wine line up. Now you can rosé all day with his LVE Rosé. Legend teamed up with winemaker/dandy Charles Boisset once again to produce the wine. The duo brings the perfect combination to make LVE the ultimate lifestyle wines. The goal is to bring a wine that is connected to luxury, yet still affordable.
The pale pink wine is crisp on the tongue with notes of berries and peach blossoms. This wine would go great with Chrissy Teigen’s Pan Seared Fish in her latest cookbook. It’s safe to call this a romantic dinner at home kind of wine.
Christie Brinkley- Bellissima Rosé
If you want a wine that has a healthy and green lifestyle then Christie Brinkley’s bubbly rosé is where it’s at. She has been a vegetarian/flexible vegan since she was 12 years old. This is why what goes into her wine is so important to her,
The wine is made from 100% organic Pinot Noir grapes with hints of strawberries and grapefruit. The Prosecco is vegan and low sugar so it’s perfect for someone watching their sugar intake.
The perfect wine to pair when your partner is making food on the grill. Light up those candles and make it a cozy night. Netflix and chill await.
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