Fall Back With Some Great Wine

Many of us are not big fans of time changes. Although I find Spring Ahead a little harder personally, many people don’t like the Fall one because it gets darker earlier in the evening. Hey, it’s probably acceptable to start at 4 p.m

I have to apologize to my white wine loving friends and readers. I don’t have a white wine to share with you this week. My apologies and I will definitely have one next week. I do have a couple of new reds to share with you.

The first one I’m calling this one my wine of the week.

This is the best $17 wine I’ve tasted in a long time. And to my Newfoundland friends and wine-lovers, it’s the same price. I shared a bottle with some friends Thursday night, and had it again last night with my smoked baby back ribs and wings. Delicious. Nice rich feeling on the palate, deep fruit flavors and hints of black pepper. I can’t talk about this wine enough, I loved it.

Back in September of 2020, I wrote about the Cabernet Sauvignon. One of my lockdown wines. I have to say the Cabernet was good, I liked the Merlot better.

Some personal news to share, about my kitty Gabriel.

Gabriel is a kitty I started fostering 4 and a half years ago. He was badly abused and it took him months to trust me and feel at home here. Well, he has turned into a baby. He now trusts people, because everyone that comes here gives him love and attention. Well he had surgery on Thursday to remove a cyst. Look at how much they shaved. I feel I should get him a sweater. But he’s doing good, and he’s getting his stitches removed on the 16th.

One more wine to share before I call it a day.

RH Phillips is the same is the same company that makes this wine, which I’ve written about before. The Toasted Head Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon. This was an easy to drink Cabernet, well priced at $17, and went well with food.

The oak on the RH Phillips Cabernet was not as prominent as on this one, but this label tells you it’s going to be oaky. When they toast the oak, it accentuates those flavors.

Well, that’s it for me for this week. Enjoy the extra hour this weekend.

Till next week, Cheers

Happy Hallowine!

I’m back in Halifax. Arrived home yesterday. It was great to sleep in my own bed. It’s wonderful to go home for a visit with family, it’s also great to come back to my own place.

We are almost at the end of October, which means Halloween. Halloween is the toughest occasion for me to pair wine with. A friend of mine, Lorraine, asked me about this, and if I had ever done a blog on pairing wine with Halloween candy. Well, today is the first time.

M & M’s & Pinot Noir:

So M & M’s are one of my favorite candies, and Pinot Noir goes with everything. In my opinion, it’s one of the best food pairing wines out there. Honestly, I prefer it with chicken or some other savory dish, but it would work with M & M’s too. Here’s one of my favorite Pinot Noir wines.

The Bread & Butter Pinot Noir is scary good. Easy to drink, smooth and very reasonably priced at $22 a bottle. The slogan of this company is a good one, “We believe good things shouldn’t be complicated”. And that’s the perfect slogan for this Pinot Noir.

Snickers & Sauternes.

I can honestly say I don’t know if I would share this wine with a Snickers bar. Sauternes makes some of the most delicious and expensive dessert wines in the world. And as a Sommelier, we learned the wine in the glass should be sweeter than the dessert on the plate. I love dessert wines as dessert, after a big meal, it eases the sweet tooth but is not overly filling. These wines are delicious dessert wines, served very chilled, and those flavors of honey and apricot make for one of my favorite desserts. This bottle retails for around $100, so it’s definitely a treat wine. I’d have it after a big steak meal, not with a Snickers bar, but that’s just me.

Dark Chocolate & Zinfandel

Regular readers of this blog know I just love a good Zinfandel.

Here’s one you can get in just about every province, and is kind of a benchmark for Zinfandel. 7 Deadly Zins, named after Zinfandel grapes being harvest from 7 different locations in California, is a seductive and rich wine. Zinfully delicious, it retails for about $25 a bottle and is also my favorite wine to have with ribs.

Starburst & Off Dry Riesling

Personally, I’m not a fan of overly sweet candy like Starburst, but I do love a good off dry Riesling. The very first time I tried Riesling, it was many many (many) years ago, and it was one of the sweeter ones. I decided I didn’t like Riesling. Then in our studies to become a Sommelier, I was introduced to off dry and dry Rieslings. Love them!

This was taken a few years back, before I went all grey, but my friend and I were enjoying a birthday lunch in Halifax and we were having Riesling. Here’s one of my favorites.

The Kung Fu Girl Riesling is off dry and aromatic. It’s a great wine to go with some spicy cuisines. And very reasonably priced, right now in Newfoundland I noticed it was on sale for under $17.. There are also some great Riesling wine made here in Nova Scotia, and you can get the Gaspereau Riesling outside of Nova Scotia, including Newfoundland.

That’s it for the wines this week. One of the highlights of my trip to Newfoundland was meeting one of my Twitter friends.

Jackie Coates is a Twitter friend, who is as sweet in person as she is on Twitter. She works at the Deer Lake Airport, and when Maggie and I went to pick up Jackie & Craig when they were coming back from Hawaii, I saw her walking down, and had to approach her. Although my profile picture shows me before I went au naturel with the grey hair, I introduced myself and we had a great chat. Such a beautiful person on the inside and outside, and it was one of the best highlights of my trip.

That’s it for me this week. Stay safe this Halloween.

Till next week, Cheers

Darlene

More Adventures in Newfoundland

So I’m back in Newfoundland. My Mom was with me for 2 weeks in Halifax, and now I’m working from my sister’s home for two weeks, while making sure my Mom is OK and babysitting Maggie

She goes with me everywhere I go.

Co-pilot

Corner Brook Newfoundland is just gorgeous in the Fall of the year. The colors are in full bloom and we have been getting some really nice sunny days.

I have to tell you, I’ve started binge watching Yellowstone. I’m not able to get Amazon Prime on my TV, but my sister has it. I just started Season 4 and I’ve only been here a week. Wow, what a good show. I love Kevin Costner.

Also, my sweet Mom has been doing some of her favorite recipes for me, including homemade cabbage rolls and homemade beef stew. Great Fall recipes. Comfort food. Not only because it’s savoury and delicious, but this is the food I grew up on.

Also while I’m here, I’m trying to buy wine that we can’t get in Nova Scotia. Here’s one I’ve had while I’ve been here.

Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon from Lodi California. It’s $2 off right now in Newfoundland, and a fantastic wine for just $20 per bottle. It’s been given 92 Points by Wine Align. It’s the perfect wine to pair with comfort food. Deep and rich with notes of nutmeg and toasted oak. I may have to get another one this weekend.

As you know, my Mom is a Chardonnay wine drinker, so I picked her up this one the other evening.

Aged for a year in both French and American oak, this wine was surprisingly fruity on the palate. She loved it, I really enjoyed it and it’s a great price at $16. A nice full-bodied Chardonnay with some banana and pineapple flavors, and some toasty oak.

It’s not all binge watching Yellowstone while I’m here. I just finished this book.

I’ve been on a bit of a David Baldacci kick recently and this one features his great characters Will Robie and Jessica Reel. This is the 3rd or 4th book I’ve read with these characters and I really enjoy his suspenseful writing.

Well, that’s it for me for this week. Would you believe I’m heading out to do a little Christmas shopping. When my Mom was in Halifax we got a big head start on her Christmas shopping. I’ve started as well. It’s just too much to do in December, I have to start early. December is busy enough as it is, I like to have most of my shopping done by then. Hard to believe, isn’t it. Christmas shopping time.

I have to tell you, I’m really missing my grills, and can’t wait for next week to get grilling again. I’m back in Halifax this coming Friday, October 28, and I’ll probably be grilling Friday night!

Till next week, Cheers. I hope you have a fantastic week.

Thankful!

Busy Busy

It’s been such a busy week, I almost didn’t write a wine blog this week. But I really wanted to, so my apologies it didn’t come out on Saturday. I hope you enjoy reading the on his holiday Monday. Work has been super busy, my mom is visiting and we’ve been keeping super busy, getting her Christmas shopping done. Plus our Social Committee in my apartment building, which I am the President, kick-started the new year with a Meet & Greet last night.

But it’s my favorite long weekend, Thanksgiving, and I have a lot to be thankful for. I’m thankful for many people and many things, especially the people who take time out of their week to read my wine blog.

So, my Mom is here and she is a Chardonnay drinker.

Great value

We got her this one and she loved it. I have to say, I liked it too. It is a full-bodied Chardonnay from Chile. Rich and velvety, with hints of pineapple, citrus and apple. This is priced at just $11.45 here in Nova Scotia, which is a fantastic value.

Cornect Bee Sting Honey Mustard

My friend Cassandra gave me this gift this past week, from Cornect Farms here in Nova Scotia. Savory and sweet with a hint of heat, delicious. And I’ve been trying it on different things, including my BBQ pork chop.

My red wine this week is a Chilen Cabernet Sauvignon

This Espino Cabernet Sauvignon was very tasty. Full-bodied and juicy with notes of dried fruit and coffee, this Cabernet Sauvignon has a splash of Carmenere and Cabernet Franc. it’s priced at $19 a bottle here, which is a spectacular value given the fact it was awarded 94 Points at a competition, along with several gold medals.

Finished this puzzle last week. And heading to Newfoundland next Friday for 2 weeks. I’m flying back with my Mom, and staying at my sister’s for 2 weeks, taking care of Maggie. My sister is in Hawaii for 4 weeks and my Mom doesn’t drive anymore, so someone has to be here.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope you had a wonderful long weekend, I know I did. My mom and I didn’t do traditional turkey for Thanksgiving, we did filet mignon steaks. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, I’m very thankful for each and every one of you.

Cheers

Darlene

It’s October, Already?

October?

Ok… What happened to September? I feel like I blinked Labor Day Weekend and here we are October 1st. Thanksgiving is next weekend.

I know, right?

I swear the older I get, the faster time flies. My Mom arrived yesterday. Speaking of time, she is 87, she’ll turn 88 in January. Still looking great an still on the go.

My Mom

My Mom lives on her own, in the Senior’s cottages in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. But she doesn’t drive anymore. So my sister Jackie, and her husband Craig, who also live in Corner Brook, are her primary care-givers. Today, they leave for Hawaii for 4 weeks. Lucky!! They deserve it though. They work so hard and they also do so much for my Mom, since my sister is the only sibling that lives in the same town as my Mom. So my Mom is here for 2 weeks and then I fly home with her and work from home from my sister’s house for 2 weeks. I’m staying at my sister’s house, because my Mom’s cottage is really small, and I’ll be taking care of this baby. I’m dogsitting Maggie.

So with my Mom here, I’ll be doing some cooking. She says she is really craving BBQ, and you know I’m her girl. I’m sure next week, I’ll have more recipes to share. I made my maple curry chicken pasta this past week for some colleagues of mine who loved it. I forgot to take a picture. But it turned out well. I have shared it before, in this previous wine blog.

I have one wine this week. And it’s my wine of the week, and an amazing wine.

Gauchezco Reserve Cabernet Franc

My friend Anthony and I were talking this past week about how much we love Cabernet Franc. And I had to tell him about this one.

Master of Wine Tim Atkin gave it 91 Points

This is the perfect wine for all your favorite Fall comfort foods. A full-bodied wine with hints of pepper and spice, it has a long lasting finish and was a beautiful treat. Priced under $25, this is a perfect example of a great wine price under $25. Someone at work was asking me about $25 wines and $100 wines, and I said ‘You can get a great wine for $25’ and this is one of those examples.

Well, that’s it for me for this week. Till next week, Cheers

Darlene