#WW – A Refreshing Ipsum Rueda 2010

Jump into Winepug Wednesday with Ipsum Rueda 2010 for a fresh, crisp apple, and authentic taste that ‘speaks for itself’, literally (Ipsum means ‘itself’ in Latin)! Ole Imports {here} sent me this bottle to try and I just had to share it with great friends and pair this light and refreshing wine with a Spring dish, Arugula with Balsamic Glazed Chicken and Asiago Salad, which we got from The Kitchen Poet {here}.

Now, onto the wine…Because this wine was created ‘un-oaked’ you really taste the authentic flavor of the grapes (85% Verdejo, 15% Viura) and the bright citrus flavors that burst in your mouth. I’m sure you can imagine how this tasted with the Asiago cheese from the salad – delish! Not only does it have all the great bright and flowery flavors we all love, it also has a lot of minerality which gives a balanced mixture with its vibrant flavors and yes, has a very smooth finish. Another great deal at $10 per bottle (can’t beat it). I wasn’t able to find it in NYC but I hope you do elsewhere and enjoy as much as we did!

For more info on the wine {here}

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!

KozieGrape Your Way Into Warm Weather!

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Celebrate Spring! – Entertaining Wine

Last Friday (3/18), was a bit of a tease as it was an exceptionally warm evening for March thus we thought Spring was near in NYC!!  To start the weekend off we not only were getting ready to watch the NCAA tourney and cheer ‘Cuse on (tough loss on Sunday) but we were gearing up to open a bottle of WHITE in celebration in hopes of Spring and Friday!  We were having company over so I purchased a bottle of Kendall Jackson – Sauvignon Blanc, California 2009 “Vintner’s Reserve”.  It’s a fan favorite since the brand is very popular probably due to its classic label, recognizable logo, and it’s 30 years of history.   This is my preferred of white wines to refresh and recharge with most likely due to the lime and melon flavors which make it very crisp tasting.  The VR is a little more expensive however, is still a cheap way to entertain when pairing this with a great cheese and fruit plate.  A few friends that night also discovered it was great with cupcakes as well!  So as we all reveal ourselves after hibernation from the harsh winter, try a refreshing white Sauv Blanc to motivate and drive excitement to your first day of Spring gathering!

If you like this wine, try these alternative options for entertaining…

Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand 2009 – Light, refreshing, fruity, crisp, smooth – around $10 retail

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand, 2009 – Fresh, sophisticated, fruity, crisp, lively – around $12 retail

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