Bev Mo adventures- Wine #2 2011 Gnarly Head Merlot

 

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The second type of wine I decided to try was a merlot from Gnarly Head. I’ve only had the cab from Gnarly Head, and really enjoyed it. I actually searched around Bev Mo for a while to find the cab but couldn’t. I like cabs more than merlot, although they are very similar, I think merlot’s are a little smoother. I figured this particular one would still be good.

This merlot tastes very fruity with hints of black cherries and grapes ( haha get it?) and it goes down very smooth…trust me. It’s like juice. I don’t recommend eating spicy food with this. The flavors did not compliment each other. This wine is reasonably priced, around $10, not too cheap. It won’t go down as my favorite though, I think I will stick to the cab.

Drink up! Pound Grape!

P.S. this wine is great with chocolate !!

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Bev Mo Adventures- Wine # 1: 2010 Vigilance Cab

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I recently decided to get on this Bev Mo train since they just started their 5¢ wine sale; buy one wine, get the second for 5¢, not a bad deal right?! I only bought 3 kinds of wine, but  wines that are a little more expensive than I usually spend. Hey, it’s pay day, so why not! These 3 wines I bought are new to me so I’m excited to try them! The first one I decided to try is 2010 Vigilance Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Hill Lake County, CA.  This particular wine caught my eye because I remember my friend Mandie saying it was one of her favorite wines! I thought I would give it a try and since I get 2 bottles, might as well share with her!

(Side note- Mandie has a great camping blog  www.girlycamping.com and this wine would be great to take camping on a cool winters night!)

This wine is very tasty,  filled with rich flavors, such as vanilla, black cherries and coffee beans with a smooth, dry, oaky aftertaste.

I highly recommend this wine if you’re willing to spend a little more than $10. This wine would be delicious with a big bowl of pasta and meatballs with a side of garlic bread…If I had someone to cook me that for dinner. But it definitely tastes great on its own!

Enjoy! Pound Grape!   photo (23)

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Wine Wednesday, What’s for dinner?

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!
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How to pick a bottle of wine.

I recently came across a blog called Thought Catalog  (www.thoughtcatalog.com). It’s basically a blog about everything, with a sense of humor. Recently they posted an article on how to pick the perfect bottle of wine. I felt that I needed to share it, because these are important steps:

http://thoughtcatalog.com/2012/how-to-pick-the-perfect-bottle-of-wine/

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Ravens wood Zin.

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As I mentioned before, I’ve recently started trying Zinfandels. The 2 that I’ve tried; Cupcake Red Velvet ZIn, and the 7 Deadly ZIns, were great. The Ravenswood…not so much. The taste is very dry, and almost bland. I drank it while eating some generic beef ravioli’s. (not an exciting dinner.) I figured red wine with “Italian” food is a great pairing, but a Zinfandel isn’t the best choice. This one didn’t compliment the sause, it almost seemed as though it had the same taste as the tomato sause, and had too much acidity, which left for a bad aftertaste, and didn’t settle well.

This wine isn’t too bad… I’ll power through it, and not waste it, considering it’s against my wine religion to pour it out, even though I have done that about 3 times before.  😦

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A way to relax…

A way to relax...

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The Ultimate wine glass.

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About a year or so ago, I came across something that, at the time, I thought was a parody, about a giant wine glass that holds one entire bottle. This “commercial” sold me on it. What a great idea. Little did I know, this wasn’t a parody and this wine glass really exists.  Ahhh… genius! I had to have one. My dream came true this Christmas when a great friend came through and gave me one.

I decided to try a new wine – Red Velvet Zinfandel by Cupcake. It’s fruity, smooth and delicious! I haven’t tried too many Zin’s before, kind of a forgotten wine, but I am starting to enjoy it!

I finally gave it a shot, filled it up, put on a movie, and curled up on my couch and now I don’t have to get up for the rest of the night.

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Mmmm…Cake…

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I love cake. Cake, cupcakes, cake flavored ice cream. When you name wine after cake, it just gets better. (It would actually be better if there was wine in cake, or cake flavored wine…?!) I’m getting carried away.  I first tired Cupcake a year or two ago when I needed to bring a dessert to a party. I’m not much of a baker, so I was stumped. I came across the Cupcake Cabernet Sauvignon  at the store and thought it was perfect.  Wine is dessert, right? It turned out to be delicious, and now I’m hooked! Even the Cupcake Red Velvet is one of my favorites.

Currently I am drinking Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon. This is the first time trying it and it may become one of my favorites.  The flavors are smooth and moist like cake. The flavors have hints of chocolate, mocha and spice.  This is a great “dessert” wine as well. Meaning,  when you have to bring a dessert to a gathering, this is a quick and great idea.

Both of these wines are reasonably priced, about $9 and $18.

A great little treat for yourself!

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Excuse my French…

Excuse my French...

I’m getting down to the last few wines from the last case I bought. The wines that come in these cases are from smaller wineries, all over the world. When most people think of what countries wine comes from, only a select few come to mind; Italy, France, and from the U.S.: California. Most of my wines I received were from South Africa; not the first place that comes to mind when thinking of wine, yet most wines from there were my favorite!

I got down to the French wines, two reds from Bordeaux, and a white from….um… France…? Something I’ve never heard of, and I’m not familiar with French wine. I have not had tried the white yet, being a bigger fan of red. I will probably save that when I’m completely desperate for some, or bring it to some Christmas party and then people can think I’m really fancy, and super knowledgeable of wines.

Honestly, I was a little afraid to try this Bordeaux wine. I don’t like being out of my comfort zone. So I opened it, and for once, I let it breathe. Something I never do, because I just get too thirsty. When it was finally time to drink (I think I waited about 5 minutes) after my first sip, I thought wow, was that sour! ugh! It wasn’t good. But there was no way wine could be bad! I had to keep drinking, the more you drink the better it tastes, right? Wrong. I couldn’t even finish it. I actually poured it out… something that’s against my religion. I think I have only done that one other time with some wine I can’t remember the name, but it had a black cork.
I drank about half of this Bordeaux, just trying to figure out if it was really that bad or not. But it was. I felt bad for it. I have a 2 more bottles of French wine, I will try because maybe they’re a little different than this particular one. Again, I will wait until I am desperate and broke.
I may just have to stay away from French wines. I guess I don’t have to like everything.

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Who doesn’t love a great deal?!

I’m sure everyone has used or at least heard of Groupon. I get emails from them and all the different types of coupons was a little overwhelming, they would be so confusing to buy and use and most of the time I wouldn’t even look through them…until one day I decided to open an email and a picture of a little wine glass and bottle caught my eye…what’s this? A Groupon for a case of wine?! Yes please! Now that’s worth it. These deals are too good to pass up, a case of wine worth $150 for only $50, $75 dollars off a case of wine, and with the groupon you only pay $25 for! So many different deals! What’s also great about these offers, is the cases are usually a “mystery case.” Sometimes they might let you choose whether or not you want all red or all whites, other times its mixed with 6 whites and 6 reds, and they are all from different independent wineries around the world. So it’s great for you, as the customer, to be able to try different wines, and it’s great marketing and publicity for the winery. On the back of  each label, there is information on the type of wine, and the vineyard. There is also the winery’s website where you can go to and learn more about them and order more of their wines!

These companies that distribute the cases of wines, where the Groupons are from, have a ton of more offers on their websites, such as wine clubs, give aways, gift certificates. The most recent case of wine I just ordered was from Barclay’s wine. http://www.barclayswine.com go check them out and keep an eye out for another wine Groupon!

ImagePounding Grape and saving money are always great!

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