2011 Ilocki Podrumi Grasevina

Pronounced more like Ilochkey Podumi Grashevina, this beautiful white wine found me craving something new. This was one of the few souvenirs of the vine I brought back from Croatia and wish I had more of.

Upon first exploration danced with banana hints playing dress up in citrus on the nose. Bright acidity similar to a sauvignon blanc (since people keep asking, “what’s it like”). Young mango and guava on the palate. Perfect sunny sipper!
As I let the air begin to influence the glass this wine opens settling into grapefruit and papaya notes throughout. Sunshine brightens every cell within me as this vino drips through my veins. Happy wine discoveries!

Cheers to traveling in a glass!

Rose Views

I have always loved to drink pink, I just don’t like to wear pink. If I wear it I call it burgundy and God forbid I spill the wine pink on me to “wear” by over swirl. I enjoy a little extra skin contact for a darker blush or bolder varietals for the winter weather months. Who knew pink came in so many hues?!  I have been taking joy in observing others as they are embracing the fact that rose is no longer just a summer sipper. With the lovely shade of wine becoming more popular around summer now I have to get a jump on things to ensure all my friends aren’t sold out before I can procure a few bottles. I sure enjoy taking advantage of the increasing diversity in this category as it grows in popularity. However, the quick selling of some of my favorites has provided a gentle nudge to try more new producers, well more than I usually hunt down and find new loves.

For those of my friends that have openly state that they won’t drink pink I plea to open your mind and palate to embrace all that is available. Think of what it is that you did not enjoy before and try to search out the opposite. Don’t like sweet – go dry. Don’t like strawberry flavors – go grapefruit and hints of raspberry. I have enjoyed some beautiful Pinot Noir roses that have a little extra skin contact that showed the flavors of red apple skin dancing across my palate. I have salivated over the flavors of bright cherry from a Cabernet rose. Really my point is…more options, create more choices, so there is truly no reason to upturn your nose. This year I have fallen particularly hard for rose of Grenache on top of my other favorite usual suspects.

To my friends with the upturned nose, learn how different methods impact flavor. Where the grapes picked with lower sugars destined to be a purposed rose by the maceration method leaving them on the skins for a short time for color (under 20 hours).  Was the rose the byproduct or second thought to the voluptuous red by being produced via saignee method, where some of the juice is bled off for rose production while the remaining becomes the concentrated red it was meant to develop in to.  I have enjoyed both styles, but I have always felt that wine (or anything really) that is crafted with intent seems to hold a little extra love in it.

I enjoyed accompanying a friend to a rose industry tasting that showed some best of the best from around the globe. Here were my favorite from the tasting:

2016 Apriori Cellars, Rose Sangiacomo Vineyards – Sonoma Coast

Available for $25.00 https://www.aprioricellar.com/Wines

Upon first sip this wine reminded me of the invigorating juicy bite of a ripe pomelo with a little pith drenched in juice. It begins to mingle with light raspberry and strawberry making it stellar for any day, but quite quenching on a warm summer day. I think I may need to restock some of this one!

2013 Gloria Ferrer, Brut Rose

Available for $50.00 https://www.gloriaferrer.com/sonoma-premium-wines/

This bottle of bubbly would be a refreshing beginning or end to any day. You will enjoy the brightness of grapefruit and strawberry upon the nose while the palate entices with creamy meyer lemon infused raspberry dreams. A beautiful glass of pink bubbly that makes every day better! Sometimes you just need to toast to getting through it all gracefully.

2015 Domaine de Baccari, Premiere de Baccari Cuvee Rose

This wine is a lovely blend of 60% Cinsault & 40% Grenache that offers beautiful strawberry and slight citrus notes. I’m not usually too interested with bottle embellishments, but the bottom of this bottle does have a bow that would be supper cute for sipping with the girlfriends. This wine could be one that you have a hard time putting down and almost seems to invite social sipping.

2016 Bonterra Rose, Mendocino County

This wine is currently sold out, but feel free to look at other offerings on: http://www.bonterra.com/

This wine had the most delicate pink hue that instantly pulls a smile to ones face. Aromas of strawberries in a bed of slightly aromatic white rose petals calls you into your first sip. The palate entertains with strawberry and a hint of white peach flavors that linger into watermelon sips.

2016 J. Richards Winery, Rose of Aleatico

Available for $24.00 https://shop.jrwinery.com/white–ros-wines-c5.aspx

This wine is a fun blend of 80% Aleatico and 20% Syrah that makes me crave a charcuterie board on a warm afternoon. The wine has a watermelon notes that meld with red berries that scream summer sipper. I enjoy the wines from this location and they are truly “Darn Fine Barn Wines” that you must check out if you have never been.


Thank you Rose Today for sharing your love of all things pink! If you want to learn more about this great movement check out: http://rosewinetoday.com/

Cheers to all the beautiful shades of rose!

2011 Pulpit Rock Chenin Blanc

A few years ago, I tried out a company that would send me a mixed case of wine every few months. As I found my storage dwindling I had to cancel & focus on what was already abounding. However, I enjoy nothing more than trying new things in life as well as learning new things. For me, part of the joy in a glass is the fresh discovery, taste, story of the memory & the moment.

This was a bottle that I was glad to discover in that time period. This brilliant Chenin Blanc from Swartland South Africa was a lovely summer daisy yellow. Myer lemon & pineapple twist around my palate in a gentle tug of war between citrus zing with nods toward tropical relaxation. Generously balanced wine with hints of white peach reminding me of gentle breeze caressing my bright orange calla lilies in the back yard.

Cheers to back yard sipping!

Wine Tasting Note Comedy

Sorry ya’ll, but I am laughing out loud at some old tasting notes and thought is appropriate to share. I will not share my photo or the winery name, but I know I do not want to try this wine again. LOL!!!

I will, however, share that this was a 2009 Mendocino Coast Chardonnay, from not going to tell you anyway. Tasting note reads:

“This chardonnay tasted pungent & acidic…funky nose. Not the good kind of funky. Aromas of asparagus pee & lemons turning past prime. Besides turning my stomach with the unpleasant lingering on my palate, this could be a headache creator for sure. Kindly, it just may be past prime. After letting this one breath…gasp, it needs some air damn it! The aromas open up to delicious lemon curd. Still overall unpleasant flavors. Two days later this wine had opened up with hints of caramel & lemon. Still not my style, but more palatable. As it opens up to a cool room temperature the palate balances out.”

I think that was a wine style #fail for me!

Cocktail Creation – Take 1!

Sonoma County Wine Country Weekend took part earlier this month. This is a wonderful chance to explore the food & wine located in this area, yet it is also exhilarating for me to stumble across new local finds sourced in the county I’ve chosen to call home.

This seasons find of choice was Sisters Switchel, something I could not wait to get into the kitchen & play with!  Hopefully, I will do an interview later to dig into their story behind the delicious creation. I’m a fan of apple cider vinegar, kombucha & other liquid delights that are effective enhancers of body vitality. When I spotted this booth I needed to try this unique local libation that is a blend of apple cider vinegar, raw honey & fresh pressed organic ginger. The flavor is in between an apple cider vinegar and a ginger beer that is rounded out with a touch of honey.

Now normally you would read of a libation such as this & think health drink option, but I’m wired slightly differently. I couldn’t wait to create a cocktail with this after the very first sip. Most people close to me know about my seasonal essential oil cocktail parties & I am always on the lookout for items that may play well with oils & spirits. So between this tonic & other local finds around my house became the birth of another delicious cocktail enhanced by oils.

This cocktail tastes like the ending of summers refreshing flavors as it embraces the full palate of autumns ginger notes. So welcome to my first cocktail post!


Falls First Kiss:

2 oz. Spirit Works Distillery Barrel Gin – http://www.spiritworksdistillery.com/

2 oz. Sisters Switchel – http://sistersswitchel.com/

2 oz. Stolen Fruit Cocktail Mixer, Lemongrass Ginger Sauvignon Blanc – https://www.stolenfruit.com/

1 drop of Grapefruit Young Living Essential Oil (I would suggest using the vitality line) – https://www.youngliving.com/en_US (Utilize my member #2532690 to start your essential oil journey & I’ll send more great recipes!)

Add the above ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice & shake until well blended. Pour into your favorite martini glass & enjoy with a fresh tarragon leaf garnish.


Cheers to great discoveries!