Bougrier Sauvignon Blanc – Love at First Glass

The first sight of Sauvignon Blanc is like the first signs of Spring – A beautiful thing! I don’t know if I just LOVE Sauvignon Blanc or if I’ve been hibernating with Red for too long this winter, but this is the best I’ve tasted! Not as ‘harsh’ as a New Zealand, and leaves you salivating for more! Another round please, I think I see Spring flowers blooming!

2010 Bougrier Sauvignon Blanc Touraine “Cuvée spéciale” (France, Loire Valley, Touraine)

What Zagat Thinks: “A top-class Sauvignon with a gold-medal pedigree, from trusted Loire insiders the Bougrier family. They’ve sent the follow-up to their double gold-medal 2009 Reserve. Like the best Loire Sauvignon Blancs, this is crisp, elegant and poised. An ideal white for those who enjoy a more delicate style than the tropical fruit-loaded, leap-from-the-glass character found in New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. So fresh and very classy.”

Bottle Notes – “I choose the finest grapes to make my Family Reserve. It has classic Sauvignon Blanc character: aromatic elegant and dry. We enjoy this wine served as an aperitif or as acompaniment to grilled fish and seafood dishes, salads or the Loire classic goats cheese”

Winepug’s Tasting: APRICOT and PEACH are the pungent taste here, slightly acidic, semi creamy, a bit of a lovely bitter taste and beautifully smooth. Definitely drinking this as an aperitif AND with a great grilled Sea Bass!

Sunday Sips!

Sauvignon Blanc.  Crisp, citrus, and fruitful is what I’ve grown accustom to when tasting one of my favorite white varietals.  However, this Sunday I was presently surprised by a buttery, creamy Sauvignon Blanc that tasted almost similar to a Chardonnay, even the color was a bit more golden than the usual SB’s.   This elegant discovery was a Chalk Hill Estate Grown, Sauvignon Blanc 2008 from the Russian River Valley.  We picked this up during our Sonoma trip {here}

Since it’s one of the sweeter Sauvignon Blanc’s I’ve tasted, I decided to whip it out while decorating our lovely Christmas tree to put us in a sweet mood!  Nothing screams holiday spirit than a creamy, cozy, almost comforting wine whilst decorating the tree and listening to xmas music.  We also may or may not have nibbled on a few sweet pairing treats (dark chocolate and biscotti)!

Sip this wine to get comfortable or to go with a special dessert during a night of relaxation with close friends.

Salud!

TREND: Pair Wine and Music!

Who said it couldn’t be done!  Hey, if I could pair wine and running together (here), I can certainly pair music and wine.. and so can you!  It’s all about the mood the music and the wine puts you in.  Here are some great tune and wine pairings that can get you in the mood for just about any season and occasion!  Leave a comment if you have other favorites!

Led Zepplin – I Can’t Quit You Baby PAIRED WITH Cabernet Sauvignon 
A deep blues-y song with a deep pensive wine
RECO: Clos Du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Sonoma County

Van Morrison – Moondance Album PAIRED WITH Chardonnay, Merlot
An easy drinking wine to match carefree songs that entice you to get up and dance under the moonlight!!
RECO: J Vineyards Chardonnay; Jacuzzi Merlot Rossi Di Sette Fratelli

James Taylor – Mexico PAIRED WITH Rose
JT gives you that summer vibe so why not pair it with a lovely and summery rose!  Gets you in that heart of summer mood in the middle of July!
RECO: Swanson Vineyards Rosato, Napa Valley

Toto – Africa PAIRED WITH Sauvignon Blanc
An uplifting song full of brightness to be matched with a zesty, crisp, and bright white wine!
RECO: 2010 Neil Ellis “Sincerely” Sauvignon Blanc

Frank Sinatra PAIRED WITH Barolo
Barolo and Sinatra sound like the perfect match together, don’t they! Classy, elegant, and GOOD! The ‘King Of Wines” meets the “King of Big Band/Jazz”
RECO: Terre di Bo Barolo 2007

Whitney Houston – I Wanna to Dance With Somebody PAIRED WITH Shiraz
Gimme some spice and dancing with this pairing! Woohoo!
RECO: Xavier Flouret Waroo Shiraz 2009, Western Australia 

Bruce Springsteen – The River PAIRED WITH Pinot Noir
A heavy yet soothing song (everything with The Boss’ voice is soothing) with an extremely smooth Pinot Noir. Perfection!
RECO: De Loach Pinot Noir 2007, Single Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain

And for a more modern spin…

Katy Perry – Last Friday Night PAIRED WITH Rioja
A bit of Katy’s sugar with a bit of Rioja’s spice makes for a perfect pair! You feel a sudden spunk to your step when pairing these!
RECO: Cortijo Rioja Rosado 2010

I mean the list could go on! 

Some more fun reading on the world of Music and Wine pairings below!

Time - http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/11/02/pairing-wine-with-food-consider-the-soundtrack-too/

Telegraph (UK) - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/8862520/Music-makes-wine-taste-better.html

Wine Tip of the Day for a Happy Friday!

A great mnemonic device for remembering what wines are what from Esquire.com!

“For example, he’d point to the three major varieties of white wine — Riesling, Sauvignon blanc, and Chardonnay — and ask you to visualize them as skim milk, whole milk, and cream. Before you’d even tasted the wines, you had an idea of where they stood from light to heavy. Then he did the same for reds. Pinot noir: skim milk. Merlot: whole milk. Cabernet sauvignon: cream. With that information alone, you could go into a restaurant, order a thick sirloin, and know that it was wiser to muscle up to the steak with a hearty Cabernet than a willowy Riesling.”

To read more… http://www.esquire.com/blogs/food-for-men/windows-on-the-world-september-11

WINE SPOT NYC- THE WINE RUNDOWN

WINE SPOT - Wine Bar . Tapas . Cheese – 127 Macdougal St. NY, NY


I went to ‘Wine Spot’ the other night to try out this tiny wine bar in the West Village with a few BFF’s!  The entrance was super cute with a lit up sign and tea lighted lanterns on brick stairs leading you underground into the bar.  Since it’s below Tea Spot it seemed like sort of a “blind driveway” type of bar where it can be easily missed and overlooked.  The tiny “self seated” wine bar is a true wine bar with mini bites, tapas, cheese plates and a small list of select wines along with wine flights.  It had a sort of Tuscan or French provenance feel to it through the wooden decor with red accents and a “candlelit” fireplace.  Unfortunately, it was extremely hot as the AC was broken however, we made the best of the situation and still had a great time.  On the “bites” menu the cheeses match what you are drinking “red plate” or “white plate” which makes it easy to order off of since you don’t have to select the cheeses yourself.

As for the wine, they have a great wine flight menu that features three regions all having 4 wines within each region.  The regions they cover are Spain, California, and Italy.  The wine selections are very unique yet affordable and seemed to cover the regions well through the selection. The regular wine menu had yet more great wine selections from an array of areas that look to have been very carefully picked to be on that wine list.  The prices are very reasonable and they definitely have a heavy hand when pouring so you get the most for your buck!

The one thing that was a negative to us was that the waitress didn’t really know what to recommend when we described what we were looking for.  For a wine bar, that is a major turn off as we are going there to learn and sip on great wines! Regardless we went with a nice white Sauvignon Blanc from Woolaston, New Zealand.  This was a nicely crisp and semi-sweet wine that was refreshing and cooled us off!

Overall, a very cute wine bar that we all thought would be great for a late night glass of wine and drink after a date or party when you need that extra glass before going home!  It is also apart of the “New Wine University” so they have tasting events/lessons all the time which is another great time to go here!

Tablelands Sauv. Blanc @ Flex Mussels

Another Sauvignon Blanc to add the list!

Tablelands Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough New Zealand

The Wine: Last night I went to Flex Mussels on West 13th street for a delicious Mussel dinner and Donut dessert!  There were four of us so instead of ordering individual drinks at the bar we just ordered a bottle.  We picked Tablelands Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough New Zealand which was great to sip on pre dinner and complemented our meal phenomenally. It was under the “Crisp & Mineral” category so we knew we were getting a light-bodied, dry and crisp white wine with a little fruity kick at a reasonable price – $12 per glass and $46 per bottle.

We literally could feel the wine almost melting in our mouth while drinking (and I think in total we had 3 bottles)…. This wine is a MUST try when you go to Flex – I promise it will make your nightthat much more enjoyable!

Wine List: They had a selective wine list which was laid out nicely. As you can imagine, the majority of the list was filled with an array of whites and had more glass options than red, but that should be expected as it is clearly important to have a solid white wine list in a fish restaurant.  Flex offers a nice range in bottle prices ($36 – $150) and did a great job providing different regions, specifically in the white category (France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, California, Oregon, even The Finger Lakes!).  They also offer a few options of Sake which I thought was neat and unexpected (which may entice more people to order).  The wine list set up makes it extremely easy to choose from since it is organized by “taste” category (below).

Organized by:

White – “Crisp and Mineral”, “Aromatic and Elegent”, “Rich and Round”

Red – “Graceful and Sophisticated”, “Ripe Fruit, Medium Body, Soft Tannins”, “Big, Rich, and Distinguished

All in all, a great restaurant with a great wine selection to go with their menu.

Enjoy!

Tablelands and Mussels - yum!

Donuts for Dessert

 

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