Shannon Ridge High Elevation * Wrangler Red Blend * 2013

Shannon RidgeHow much can one cram into one week? I feel that question was the theme driving me this week, pushing me forward, seeing how capable I was at this thing called life.

The best thing about this wine: smooth, flavorful, and not too deep.
Available at: Wohlner’s
By the bottle: $13.99
Pairs well with: Sunday evening dinners
If you like red blends, try this wine.
Winery Web Page: https://www.shannonridge.com

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Shannon Ridge High Elevation * Wrangler Red Blend * 2013

Vinabade * Albarino * 2016

They say not to judge a book by its cover.  I also hear people say that they bought a certain wine by the label. I usually roll my eyes at that statement, but I fell under the “Label Spell”  last week when this little gem came into the shop. It’s a girly, summer, fun, pretty, eye-catching label. So when I was given the opportunity to try it, I was intrigued, but since I normally dislike Albarino wine, I was skeptical.

The best thing about this wine: a surprise ending!
Available at: Corkscrew Wine and Cheese
By the bottle: under $20 / By the glass: $8
Pairs well with: fish, Chipotle burrito bowl and a good book.
Winery Website: http://www.theartisancollection.us/vinabade-albarino

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Vinabade * Albarino * 2016

Chateau Ste Michelle * Cold Creek Vineyard* Cabernet Sauvignon* 2012

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One gets a lot of questions working in the wine industry: What do you recommend? What is your favorite wine? How late are you open? Any happy hour specials? Do you carry such-and-such wine? So on my way home last week, I got a call from the Hubs asking what you use to top off a New York Sour. I say usually a Cabernet Sauvignon or what ever red we have open…. Much to my surprise, when I arrived home, he had opened Chateau Ste Michelle 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.

The best thing about this wine: Tops off a New York Sour exceptionally well
Available at: Corkscrew Wine and Cheese
By the bottle: under $30
Pairs well with: Cocktail hour, heavy meats, pasta with red sauce and an upset wife whose bottle was opened unexpectedly….
Winery Website: www.stemichelle.com

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Chateau Ste Michelle * Cold Creek Vineyard* Cabernet Sauvignon* 2012

Witness Tree “Chainsaw” * Pinot Noir * 2015

Chainsaw Pinot Noir

Taking your three-year old daughter with you to a sushi restaurant on a Friday night can be a risky endeavor. My daughter has been to shusi places with us in the past, but this time, immediately after we sat down at the table glancing at menus she asked, “Do they have mac and cheese here?”

The best thing about this wine: Light like a Pinot Noir with some complex flavorful notes
Available at: Ponzu Sushi and Grill
By the glass: $10.00
Pairs well with: Friday nights, edamame, fries, and sushi
If you like surprise endings, try this wine.
Winery Web Page: http://www.witnesstreevineyard.com

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Witness Tree “Chainsaw” * Pinot Noir * 2015

El Picaro * Matsu * 2016

Take a chance. We all take a chance every day we awake to another day. I take a chance nearly every day that I remember to actually put coffee grounds into the filter as I stumble around in the kitchen to make my way for the day. I take a chance driving to work that I won’t hit traffic and make it in on time. The other day while I was wandering around Costco I ended up like usual in the wine section. This 100% Tempranillo stood out and I decided to take a chance on it.

The best thing about this wine: great value and super yummy!
Available at: Costco
By the bottle: $9.99
Pairs well with: taking chances, fall patio nights by the fire and your mamma’s spaghetti

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El Picaro * Matsu * 2016

Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuissé * Chardonnay * 2015

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My mom and I try to get together for dinner whenever we can. We live less than a mile apart, yet it seems to have been over a month since our schedules have aligned. We happened to make it work Tuesday night, and ended up at Mark’s in Dundee for dinner. It was half price wine night, so we needed a bottle to accompany our delicious dinner! The Pouilly-Fuisse immediately caught my eye as something familiar, though I could not identify why, and we thought it would be perfect.

The best thing about this wine: easy to drink and very enjoyable
Available at: Mark’s Bistro
By the bottle: $54
Pair with: seafood, rich food, patio drinking
Winery website: http://www.louisjadot.com/en/index.php

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Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuissé * Chardonnay * 2015

Vintage Rose Brut Cuvee * Krone * 2014

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Today, I began my fourth year of teaching. I spent a week preparing my classroom, hanging my decorations, and planning lessons and activities so we could hit the ground running in our 5 minute mini-classes today. After introductions, we did “would you rather” as an ice breaker. In that spirit, would you rather… force yourself to wake up really early or force yourself not to go to sleep before 5 pm? Hit your 10,000 steps while clocking 45 minutes of exercise at work before 3:30 or be unable to wake up from your definitely-not-a-nap when you get home? Suffice it to say that I am beat! Cooking was definitely not an option tonight, so I hit up a couple places in Dundee to get some dinner and a glass of wine. I ended up going for Krone, a sparkling rose, at Baela Rose.

The best thing about this wine: super fine bubbles and nice flavor
Available at: Baela Rose in Dundee
By the glass: $10/By the bottle: $37
Pairs well with: life. Also, lighter foods or before dinner.
Winery website: http://www.tweejongegezellen.co.za/krone/the-krone-collection/
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Vintage Rose Brut Cuvee * Krone * 2014