Ryan Patrick * Rock Island Red * 2014

It’s been a long 2 weeks for us in the Hague household. If you have fur-babies you completely understand how they are a big part of your family and heart. Our boxer Brock stopped eating and lost 15 pounds in one week, so we took him in for some lab work. The vet wasn’t sure exactly, but according to his numbers it showed he either had the dreaded Lymphoma or Addison Disease. After hundreds of dollars and several meds later, we had him tested again today.
[Editor’s note: spoiler alert, he’s ok. I couldn’t take the suspense after poor Mo’s bad news last week] 

The best thing about this wine: Jammy with a pleasurable silky finish
Available at: Vino Mas
By the bottle: $20.00
Pairs well with: Pepperoni Pizza
Winery Web Page: www.ryanpatrickwines

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Ryan Patrick * Rock Island Red * 2014

Woodwork * Pinot Noir * 2015

It’s that time of year when you see a garage sale on every corner. I don’t care for for garage sales, let alone shopping! My mom and sister go crazy over garage sales and will spend hours driving around looking for them. I never understood!

The best thing about this wine: The value
Available at: HyVee
By the bottle: On sale $6.99 Regular: $14.99
Pairs well with: Grilled pork or chicken.
Winery Web Page: www.woodworkwines.com

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Woodwork * Pinot Noir * 2015

Barnard Griffin* Syrah * 2015

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As the summer is flying by and my 4 year old is getting ready to start her first year of school next month, it hit me how fast time is going! It seems like yesterday she was born and now I am out buying school clothes for her. After a day of shopping and tears filling my eyes, I went home to cook. Cooking is my relaxing, stress free “mom” time.

The best thing about this wine: Full bodied, jammy
Available at: Vino Mas
By the bottle: $18.99
Pairs well with: Taco pizza, smoked pork or chicken.
Winery Web Page: http://www.barnardgriffin.com/

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Barnard Griffin* Syrah * 2015

WILLIAM WRIGHT * PINOT NOIR * 2014

In preparation for teaching my first cooking class, I decided I would do a trial run for my family. I bought everything I needed to make an Ultimate BBQ Chicken Pizza (including ingredients to make the pizza dough and bbq sauce from scratch!). In addition, I bought a bottle of Pinot Noir to pair with it.

The best thing about this wine: Dry yet fruity
Available at: Aldi
By the bottle: $10.99
Pairs well with: BBQ Chicken Pizza
Winery Web Page: http://www.scheidwinery.com/

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WILLIAM WRIGHT * PINOT NOIR * 2014

Dreaming Tree * Crush * 2014

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With Independence Day celebrations popping off last week, I may have popped a few corks myself! Over the 4th of July weekend we went out to my cousin’s new house on Lake Allure. As the sun was setting and everyone set up their firework displays, I sat back and had nice glass of Dreaming Tree’s Crush while watching the sun set over the lake. (If only I had some Dave Matthews music in the background!).

The best thing about this wine: Not too sweet but not too dry
Available at: HyVee
By the bottle: $14.99
Pairs well with: Burgers and brats on the grill.
Winery Web Page: https://www.dreamingtreewines.com

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Dreaming Tree * Crush * 2014

Winking Owl * Chardonnay * 2015

[Editor’s note: We got this right the second time time around for Heather’s actual post!]
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I write about a lot of wines that are more expensive than some people want to pay. I usually like wines in the $10-$20 range, but there are some people who like to stay around the $5-$6 a bottle range. I thought this week I would try a wine I have had my eye on since last November. I am always up for a bargain!

The best thing about this wine: The value!!!
Available at: exclusive to Aldi’s
By the bottle: $2.89
Pairs well with: Grilled fish and chicken
Website: http://www.snooth.com/winery/winking-owl-vineyards-modesto/

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Winking Owl * Chardonnay * 2015

The Federalist * Cabernet Sauvignon * 2015

I don’t know if it is the gorgeous view of the golf course or simply being outdoors that makes drinking a glass of wine taste exceptionally good. I have had the Federalist Cabernet several times before but today it tasted better than I remembered. Since we were sitting outside I chilled my red for about 20 minutes before pouring a glass.
The best thing about this wine: Being slightly chilled really enhanced the flavor and fruitiness.
Available at: HyVee
By the bottle: $15.99
Pairs well with: Beef and BBQ Ribs
Winery Web Page: http://www.federalistwines.com


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The Federalist * Cabernet Sauvignon * 2015