STE Chapelle * Chateau Series Soft Red * 2012

Idaho? Snake River Valley?

These were the thoughts running through my head as I was browsing the pre-chilled wines at Wohlner’s. I was on a last minute mission to purchase a few bottles of wine for an outdoor dinner party after work on Friday. My wife requested I pick up at least one chilled, “easier-drinking” wine since it was one of the first real warm days this year. She suggested a Rosé.

Full discloser here in this review: I’m not a wine expert. I enjoy drinking wines and consider myself the casual wine drinker. But this day, I felt a little more pressure than normal in making a selection. The dinner party hosts knew I was blogging for Omaha Wine Review and thought I should be the one to bring the wine. I was unable to find a Rosé I felt confident purchasing.
I kept looking. Time was ticking. The STE Chapelle Soft Red seemed intriguing. I knew nothing about Idaho wines or the Snake River Valley. Feeling the mounting pressure to make a good decision, paired with my impending tardiness, I risked it.

Well no Rosé. What the heck, go bold or go home!

I snatched the bottle, hoping for the best.

The best thing about this wine: Sweet and flavorful for easy summer drinking
Available at: Wohlner’s Neighborhood Grocery and Deli
By the bottle: $9.99
Paired well with: guacamole
If you like Moscato or other sweet wines, try this wine.
Winery Web Page: http://stechapelle.com

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STE Chapelle * Chateau Series Soft Red * 2012

B Side * Red Blend * 2014

Balance

I’ve been struggling a little bit (ok, a lot bit) with balance lately. Last night, I rushed home from school to grab my craft store coupons to get supplies for a tie-dying project at school. I saw my super long lawn and decided to do a quick mow before I headed to the craft store, before I started my part-time job. I didn’t find what I needed and ended up at 2 more stores after my shift ended. When I finally made it home, I collapsed in bed. With my days looking like this more and more frequently, I find that spending my weekends relaxing is essential to any semblance of a work-life balance. Last Sunday at a wine tasting, I thought perhaps I could achieve some balance from a nice Red Blend called B Side.

The best thing about this wine: A nice peppery finish gives this more appeal than your average Red Blend
Available at: The Winery
By the bottle: $24.99
Pairs well with: A rainy Sunday, appetizers, a nice steak with roasted veggies
Winery Web Page: http://www.bsidewines.com/

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B Side * Red Blend * 2014

Chain Gang Pitch Black * Red Blend * 2016

I’ve always been partial to a great breakfast. Whether I’m cooking at home or checking out a cafe or local dive, my spirits lift with a great morning or mid-day meal. Sunday we met at Pitch in Dundee for brunch. The food here is always delicious and I quickly decided on VIP Smoked Mac and Cheese, bypassing the breakfast menu options. Typically my drink of choice for Sunday brunch would be a Bloody Mary, Mimosa, or sparkling wine, but I ordered a glass of Chain Gang’s Pitch Black Red Blend. 

The best thing about this wine: smooth and silky
Available at: Pitch Coal-Fire Pizzeria
By the bottle:  $20.00 / By the glass: $9.00
Pairs well with: beef, lamb, sausage
Winery Web Page: http://www.dcflyntmw.com/chain-gang-vineyards

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Chain Gang Pitch Black * Red Blend * 2016

URLO (Scream) * Red Blend * 2013

There is nothing as hard as having cancURLOer force us to say goodbye to a dear friend and mentor in the wine business so early in life. When the time came to celebrate what was possibly her last birthday, I canvased the shelves for a bottle that perhaps represented our friendship and my feelings about what was happening…

The best thing about this wine: that each type of grape was fermented separately then blended.
Available at:  Corkscrew Wine and Cheese
By the bottle:   $15.00
Pairs well with: pasta, spicy food, or my personal favorite: Raspberry Bellavitano cheese!
Try this if you like: If You See Kay

 Winery Web Page: www.URLOwines.com

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URLO (Scream) * Red Blend * 2013

Two Horns * Mean Red Blend * 2013

Pinkeye Wine

 Are you Brave Enough? That question is emblazoned at the top of the back label on Two Horns wine, so if you’re still reading this review after a title like “Pinkeye wine” I consider you a die-hard wine lover!

The best thing about this wine: Great flavors for drinking on its own
Available at: Hy-Vee
By the bottle: $10.99
Pairs well with: burgers, steak, barbecue
Winery Web Page: 
http://twohornswine.com

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Two Horns * Mean Red Blend * 2013