Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Pass The Cheese Please!

I'm tired.

It's Tuesday, but it's really Monday. (gah.)

My shoulder hurts because I am an idiot and decided to spin for hours this weekend. Back to the pain med chest I go... (happy trails, to you...)

I managed to get housework done tonight, but when I look around, there is still more. (Crap.)

I am perfectly happy with the fact that I really didn't do jack all weekend, but it was a difficult one emotionally, and I am so spent. (Geesh... some people just know how to kill a weekend)

I can't get my blue tooth and my phone to cooperate. (Who can turn wool into yarn, but can't work a phone??)

I definitely do not want to go to work tomorrow. (blah.)

Oh - I lost the link to the Cabana Boy I was going to buy to handle all of this crap for me. (Damn it!!)

Can you see why I am drinking fermented grape juice tonight?

At any rate, here is what I think about whine - err.. wine!

Favorite wine: Tintero's Muscato D'Asti.
I'm not really into sweet wines, but this one is not that bad - I think the bubbles kind of help. It's a white, and it is fruity, but very light on the fruit - think pears and citrus. It's got a lovely case of "buttery Chardonnay" going on, and it just makes me smile. For the record, I do not like Muscatos. Ew, yuck, blech. However, this one is so divine that Georgia boy and I used to drink this all of the time - it was the official wine of the "Fruity Wine Night." We found it at a local wine store here in town and every time I am near the place I stop and buy a bottle. Delish.

Least favorite wine: Shiraz
Mainly because it gives me heartburn, but also because I just don't find it that appealing unless it is dry and paired well with a meal, even then It's only something that I will sip. Nothing I will go out of my way to purchase.
(Note, Megan likes to drink wine - not just taste wine)

Favorite Cheap Wine: Bohemian Highway, Merlot, please.
Yes folks, it's the hippie in me coming out. We drank this at my favorite Hippie's house when we went out for my birthday... Oy. Costumes, Woodford, and Bohemian Highway, all the while wearing 4 inch stilettos. Seriously, the stuff is about $5.00 a bottle. It doesn't leave you feeling like you got run over by the cheap wine delivery truck, and all of their varieties have been nice. It's a great wine when you feel the need to entertain a crowd because it's just a generally descent wine, and everyone likes it. It also works well for a Girl's Night celebration.

I know that there are some of my friends who have a difficult time with the sulfates in wine. I did a bit of research, and here is what I have come up with:
  • There is, unfortunately, no wine that is truly sulfate-free. It's a naturally occurring thing that happens when during fermentation, however, sulfates are added by winemakers to as a preservative and to prevent oxidation.
  • European wines have higher levels of sulfates than US wines.
  • Organic wine has NO sulfates added. So.. Instead of being able to have 350 ppm, organic wine makers are held to 100 ppm. The lower level of sulfates can make a good glass of wine possible for those who have had adverse reactions to the "s" word.
  • Sulfate free wine does not have a long shelf life - sulfates are preservatives. They are also darker in color because of the oxidation process.
  • Some wine snobs think Organic wine tastes like poo - well, I happen to think that some very expensive wines taste like poo as well. (Yes, that would be you, Mr. California and the $200 bottle)
  • Taste is personal. Try it.
Ok fair blog readers - your mission is to tell me what your favorite wine is. If you feel so inclined, I would also ask you to seek out some Organic wine and report back! There is a Plurk buddy out there who deserves a great glass of vino and will thank you for it!!


Katy said...

I don't know much about wine, but, the boys say these are good ones:

Vynecrest Winery & Vineyards, Autumn Gold

Christian W. Klay Winery, Stone House Red

Opal said...

Sadly, I'm allergic to sulfates so I'm allergic to most wine. Instead, I'm suggesting a Mike's Hard Lemonade. ;-)

Lori said...

Not a wine snob here: I can tell a "good wine" when I have it, but I'm often just as happy with the less expensive stuff.
I tend to pick merlots or chardonnays, sometimes I'll try other white wines (although I do like shiraz sometimes - has to be with red meat.)
I am THE target audience for the cutesy labels - Monkey Bay, Three Blind Moose, Little Penguin - give me a witty name and a picture of a critter on the label and I'll try it...

TAC said...

Two tasty, very drinkable wines (a white and red) that are affordable. Rock Rabbit, Sauvignon Blanc and Cline, Zinfandel.