Wine On. Universe Off

It’s Friday and it’Wine Ons almost time to flip that switch!

Okay, please tell me I’m not the only one who wakes up every Friday morning and thinks- only eight hours left until I get to flip the switch, open a bottle of wine and turn the universe off?

*Sometimes it happens on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and, well no, well okay I’ll admit, Thursday too but today we are talking about Friday.

Beep. Beep. Beep. The alarm goes off. I look at the clock and automatically think, at 5 o’clock I get to enjoy one of those delicious bottles sitting in my wine rack down stairs. A smile on my face appears and it’s time to roll out of bed. I head down stairs, in auto pilot  of course, no way I’d be that up n’ rearing to go at 6am without my caffeine fix . Put the water in, scoop out the ground coffee beans, hit the start button. The coffee aroma seeps through the house and once a first sip is taken this auto pilot is in complete control of Friday- bring it on!

This photo caught my eye as it goes perfect with Friday and my love for wine. I firmly believe that if you work hard you should get to relax with fine wine. Maybe I think about that sip a bit more often than others but after a week of brain activity I’m certainly ready for the clock to strike 5pm, head home and pop open a bottle of scrumptious vino- I have been waiting since 6am and all.

I think I’ll go with a rich and full-bodied Cabernet when I get home- sounds just perfect for this, what looks to be, stormy afternoon. Then I think I’ll grab a bottle of crisp and chilled white or rose to take to our Sushi date this evening because after 5 o’clock today the only thing that exists is me,  my wine and of course the wonderful individuals who will be sharing in the delight with me.

Now go turn off that switch and enjoy a nice glass (or bottle, or two….) of wine yourself. Say goodbye to the universe for a bit and hello to “you”- because you worked hard this week and deserve it.

Cheers!

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Frozen Grapes To Chill Your Wine

Happy Friday!Grape-Cubes

I wanted to remind you of an easy wine tip to keep in mind for what is looking like a bright, sun shiny weekend.

It is always a sad moment when you are trying to enjoy every last sip of deliciousness, only to come to the point of guzzling down those last few, in fear of it heating up to a temperature of non-drinkable. This is wine-tragedy in my book.

Which brings me to a solution to keep wine cold and avoid any mishaps of watering down a delicious glass of wine on a beautiful day. Keep those whites, roses and bubbles at the temperature of your liking with a simple frozen grapes recipe.

This recipe for keeping chilled wine – chilled – is probably one the most simplistic you will find. Head to your local market. Grab a bag of grapes, red or green, doesn’t matter. Throw them in a bowl, or if you really don’t want to waste time, keep them in a bag. Toss them into the freezer. Wait a few hours.

Voila! You have made grapecubes- homemade and guaranteed to keep is cold and never water down your glass of purely drinkable delight. Did I mention, they are a delicious snack too.

Enjoy- cheers to the weekend!

National Drink Wine Day

Cheers- It’s National Drink Wine Day!

Not that wine isn’t something to celebrate every day. It fairly deserves a day to stand out and be celebrated properly, which brings us to every year on February 18. Today is a day to highlight the craft of grape-crushing art and appreciate it for the fine work that is being done all year long. Creating a delicious beverage, placed in a variety of different shaped bottles to eventually be poured into our glasses and enjoyed  whenever we want- now that’s something to celebrate.

I won’t forget to mention a few health benefits. Did you know that wine drinkers have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirits drinkers?  View this and more health benefits at Foodandwine.com.

In honor of today I found a couple wine cocktail recipes to give this holiday a little twist. I find myself more delightfully intrigued by the white wine beverages, this must have something to do with the early seems-to- be-Summer already weather.

I hope you enjoy- I know I will be trying these out very soon!

A White Strawberry Lemonade Sangria– If you love speckled strawberry lemonade you are sure to love this delicious refreshing cocktail from Kitchen Treaty.

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A Raspberry Lemoncello Prosecco– If you love bubbly’s as much as I do how about adding a little raspberry with a twist of lemon and hint of mint with this recipe from Damn Delicious.

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A Grapefruit and Sage Mimosa–  I am more of a dry wine drinker this is right up my alley from Bakeaholic Mama. The bitter and tang of grapefruit and switching up champagne with a dry Rose sounds just right served with breakfast on a warm Saturday or Sunday morning.

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It Was Wine Wednesday. So Why Not Wine Out?

Wine Wednesday has always been near and dear to my heart ever since I was just a wee-wine drinker back at Pasta Pomodoro enjoying half off bottles on my days off. Unfortunately since taking on a position in the 8-5 world I do not get to take part in this wonderful weekly tradition as often as I’d like. I tend to enjoy a little too much during these special occasions and it can get a bit tipsy topsy when I must attend to scheduled engagements at the office the following day- if you know what I’m saying.

Last week however, good news, I made an exception and celebrated with all the other lucky Wine Wednesday takers, in honor of the Eric Church concert. You see, my whole look on drinking during the week is that if there is a will there is a way and a concert with friends and family is definitely a will.

As I sat down, on a clear mission to find the best fit for my Wine Wednesday, an abundance of options pop up in my search. However, a bit of strategic consideration had to take part with aspects affecting the evening including concert time, location, ticket pickup and of course who I am meeting- everyone deserves to enjoy this weekly special as much as I do.

The concert is at Sleep Train Arena, leaving no reason to be in midtown area. As I started to browse Natomas dinner spots it became clear that Wine Wednesday just wasn’t very convenient in that area (sad face).

I moved onto the next best thing- happy hour- which brought me to BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery. I know it’s not the most locally owned, boutique restaurant choice but it was close and had a pretty decent happy hour menu.  We arrived and met the group only to find out a 50 minute wait was in order. Right next door, Mimi’s Cafe looked pretty darn good with zero wait and empty bar tables at this moment- we ventured in!

Here is where I dIMG_8559iscovered a little gem that exists all day every day- $5 wine- any kind of wine you want off the menu all day, every day. Yes. I said. All day. Every day!

I had a (okay maybe it was 3) yummy, crisp Sauvignon Blanc that was just right with my Mediterranean Salad and Roasted Chicken. We then went on to dance and sing the night away at one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

So to tie this vine choice up. My new found discovering on this Wine Wednesday will change my life forever. Natomas event nights just got that much better with wine specials not just on Wednesday but all day, every day. If you are ever in the Natomas area and on the hunt for great wine specials, this is an excellent choice for both your palette and wallets.

Till the next Pick off The Vine….

Cheers!

Super Bowl Sunday Sips

It’s Super Bowl Sunday. A day when Sunday Fun-day gets even better in my opinion. Full of football, scrumptious food and of course plenty of ice cold…..wine.

What? Doesn’t everyone drink wine on Super Bowl Sunday?

Okay, okay I know the typical Super Bowl Sunday ice chest may have been full of ice cold beer in the past. However, today it is not uncommon to hear the conversation of what wine will pair perfectly with those half-time nachos and fourth quarter buffalo wings. Invite a beverage to your party this year that will bring out the flavors of each appetizer- it’s definitely on my guest list.

Would you expect any less?

So as I find myself getting ready for the big day of pig skin being thrown down the field and big burly men tackling one another all on one mission to get passed that line for a touchdown. What eats to prepare and with what wine, can’t be done without a little inspiration . This brings me to my current enjoyable beverage- a lovely glass of Jeriko Pinot Noir Rose from Mendocino. It paired perfectly with the homemade traditional Mexican disIMG_8521h for lunch, IMG_8520 (1)Pozole- one of my favorites. Just enough spices to even out the zing in my rose.

As I enjoy my wine on this beautiful sun shinny day, I find myself searching wine and football. That is what today is all about- right? After finding a few fun football and wine ties I came across a couple wineries owned by NFL players I thought I would share. Glad to find out even the tough guys out on the field have a soft palette for fancy Super Bowl sips.

Drew Bledsoe: Doubleback

Charles Woodson: Twenty-four Wines

Okay, time to go kick back and enjoy the game with a little red, white or pink any will do just fine.

Cheers!