Memorial Day weekend is here and friends have headed to the beach or hightailed it up to their country cabins and lakes. For those of us that have chosen to stay home, we’ve been swimming, grilling and hanging out!
While grilling Vidalia onions and mushrooms last evening, I took stock of my herb and vegetable garden. I was very pleased to see that my strawberry plant is producing such large fruit. And, the strawberries are very sweet! I’m thinking that strawberries pureed with vodka and crushed ice would make a fun summer drink!
I’ve been looking forward to opening Soulmates Wines 2008 Zinfandel and I was hoping to try it last night. But with temperatures hovering close to 90 degrees, we needed to drink something a touch lighter and a bit cooler! However, it will be the first red wine that I open when the temperatures drop a bit.
We ended up opening a 2015 Jean-Picard Sancerre Le Chemin de Marloup Sauvignon Blanc that was chilled to perfection. This 100% Sauvignon Blanc was pale lemon with soft aromas of citrus, peach, strawberry, floral notes and a hint of vanilla. On the palate this full-bodied wine was understated and refreshing. The texture was creamy with mingled flavors of pear, nectarine, & a hint of herbs. The Picard family has been producing wine in Sancerre since 1750. The vineyard is located next to the Loire on the Bue’ slopes which are reputed to be one of the finest for quality. I look forward to trying their Sancerre Rose’ and Sancerre Red soon.
Happy Sunday…and enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend!
I’m nursing a big “boo boo” on my leg, so I’m in down time mode for a few days. Fortunately, my friends have been popping over to entertain me!
After a restful day yesterday, a friend stopped by in the late afternoon for a quick hello and good-bye. About an hour later another friend came over with food, a bottle of wine and positive energy. Now, that’s what I’m talking about! He cheered me up in no time!
We opened a bottle of 2011 Jean-Paul Picard Cuvée Prestige Sauvignon Blanc, from Sancerre, Loire Valley. The wine was light straw with stone fruit and floral aromas. The palate was a mixture of pear, apple, a hint of lemon zest and quite rich! The long finish was quite satisfying and paired well with the salmon, salad and grilled asparagus.
Sancerre is a small wine district located in central France. They are famous for their high quality white wines made from Sauvignon Blanc. Sancerre is also known for its high quality goat cheese. I would love to try some of that!
Don’t forget to watch the Stanley Cup game tonight. I’m looking forward to a fun evening!
The snow is coming down and it’s a winter wonderland!
I’m pretending that I’m in Miami and am baking Key Lime pies.
I want to tell you about the wine I had the other evening at my dinner party. One of my guests brought a few bottles of 2005 Chateau de Sancerre Rouge. This is their first vintage that is available in the U.S., which is quite something considering that the Chateau has been making Pinot for almost 90 years!
The wine was the color of cherries and had aromas of spice and berries. It had a classic Pinot taste…cherries, licorice and spice. It was smooth and easy to drink. A nice finish with the taste of cherry jam lingering in my mouth was all the dessert that I needed.
I must complete my pies and start preparing for the Thanksgiving feast tomorrow!
Happy Labor Day!
I’m taking advantage of the sunshine before the rain and thunder roll in again this afternoon.
I made a tiny dent in my knitting project. I made the pattern so complicated, that I have to really concentrate and count every stitch as I knit.
Oh boy…quite a challenge considering that I like to multi task!
Enjoy the last of summer! Open up a bottle of wine and celebrate!
Since it is a rainy day I decided to go through my liquor cabinet to hopefully organize it more ergonomically…if that’s even possible! While sorting through bottles of spirits and wines that haven’t been touched in years, I stumbled across a bottle of Cherry Heering.
When is the last time you used this liqueur? And what do you really know about it? I confess that I was a little intrigued, so I did some research.
This remarkable liqueur created by Peter Heering has been produced in Denmark since 1818. And, the best part is that it is ALL NATURAL! Cherry Heering is made by soaking lightly crushed Danish cherries and a blend of spices in neutral grain spirits. It is then cask-matured for up to five years adding sugar during the aging process. It is a deep ruby color and actually tastes good…no candy or cough drop flavor that one expects from a cherry liqueur. See more at http://www.cherryheering.com/
Try pouring a little Cherry Heering over ice cream for a change of pace!
If you have any mixology drinks or other recipes that you would like to share that incorporates Cherry Heering, please do.
Hooray! I picked up my knitting needles today and actually knit for a few minutes. This is going to be great hand/wrist therapy. Although I can only knit for about 15 minutes at a time, it is progress. Here is a very tiny sample of today’s handiwork. It's only a about 3 inches from top to bottom!
What are you going to drink this evening to kick off the weekend? Let’s get some dialog going and share your thoughts with me! I’m contemplating a nice Rose or Chardonnay to start with. However, I'm going to a pool/dinner party this evening, so l will let you know what the host has chosen!
The first hurricane of the season, Arthur, made its presence known last night, even though it was hundreds of miles away. My house shook all evening with violent thunderclaps and the fireworks display (lightning) rivaled Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks.
My air conditioner was blasting and I was reminded of the days I used to live in Miami Beach with high humidity and temps in the 90’s. Ugh…
I felt it was important to stay hydrated, so the water bottles came out and the wine bottles stayed in the cabinet and refrigerator. Hence, no reviews today.
I will leave you with this photo of wine corks, courtesy of Wine Folly.
Stay cool…stay hydrated!
It was a beautiful late afternoon with a perfect breeze and low humidity. I thought about having a glass of wine, but then decided to have my “go to” favorite spirit…vodka.
I consider myself quite knowledgeable on the topic of vodka and have tasted all so many brands and types. For the most part, I’m a purist when it comes to drinking vodka. I like it straight out of the freezer and into my glass…no ice…no fruit…just vodka. When I drink vodka straight up, which is most of the time, I lean towards drinking Grey Goose, Belvedere, Chopin, Van Gogh and Zyr. They are smooth and very tasty. If I’m mixing vodka with anything, I go to the next tier of vodkas.
Like wine, spirits and art, it is all subjective when it comes to taste. Whatever floats your boat is the right choice. No judgment from the peanut gallery!
So there I sat at sunset with Grey Goose in good hand, enjoying the flavors and watched the sultry day turn into a sweet evening.
After pondering over what wine to open last night, the Sancerre won. It was a good decision. I chose a Remy Pannier Sancerre 2012. It was young, but had a wonderful bouquet and all that I expected in a Sancerre…dry with hints of grapefruit, chalk and a long finish. I would have photographed the bottle for you, but being one handed these days, it proved a little difficult.
As my wrist continues to heal, I think that I will start perusing the “yarn” websites for some inspiration with my next project. I’m leaning towards a silky creation. I guess it just depends on what yarns “call out” to me.
Guilty as charged. I played hooky yesterday and didn’t post anything.
I’ve been resting my broken wrist and willing it to mend quickly. I’m anxious to start another knitting project. However, I did find a good use for the knitting needles. They make wonderful “itch” scratchers under the arm cast!
Today will be a quiet one as I ponder which wine to open at sunset. I’m leaning towards Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume. Both are made with 100% Sauvignon Blanc and come from the Loire Valley. The Pouilly-Fume is a dry wine and full-bodied. Whereas the Sancerre is medium -bodied, dry and very aromatic.
Please share your thoughts with me as to what you prefer!