Category - White wine

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Domaine De Pajot, Les Quatre Cépages 2013
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‘Hood Eats: Asian-y (Hey Vouvray!)
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‘Hood eats: Lebanese
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Teifenbrunner Pinot Bianco 2013
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Tomato-tomahto, let’s call the whole thing a wash
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‘Epilogo’ Sauvignon Blanc-Moscatel 2012
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Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2013
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Le Altane Prosecco
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Alamos Torrontés 2013
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Joseph Drouhin Macon-Villages 2012

Domaine De Pajot, Les Quatre Cépages 2013

France
$10
I’ve been spending more money per bottle lately. Now, either my tastes in wine have changed, or it’s the cost of living increase in the state I now call home. It’s possible that it’s both.

I do have to admit that the $8 a bottle target that I have imposed upon myself has been more difficult to hit since my tastes have grown along with my curiosity. I will continue to aim for $8 but it may end up more around $10, or $12. I just can’t be bound by the price any longer! Well, within reason.

Despite that, I will continue to strive for thrift AND quality.

That said, this latest bottle was a delicious $10 accident. I was returning home from “Mission: Kimchi,” having located a jar at the neighborhood Whole Paycheck, I mean Foods. Between the kimchi pick-up and home I spotted the cute little corner wine shop I only visited once before, Streetcar Wine & Beers, and thought, hey, what goes with spicy pickled cabbage? As one does. So I bee-lined it.

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‘Hood Eats: Asian-y (Hey Vouvray!)

So many fresh discoveries await my eager-beaver attitude towards this cool little neighborhood where I now live. Effervescent with my ever-growing fondness, and with a brunch buzz, I thought up a new blog feature, ‘Hood Eats, where I visit all the many dining establishments not far outside my doorstep and pair with them wines for delicious take-out feasts. 
Bernard Fouquet Vouvray 2013
Super Splurge-y
$19.99
Could this be? Is this already the next installment of ‘Hood Eats?! Why yes, yes it is.

I couldn’t wait. It’s cold out there and I’m doing my best to fatten up for the winter.

After a not so pleasing earlier encounter with a surprisingly sticky-sweet Vouvray from the Loire Valley, I considered writing Chenin Blanc off, completely. But, oh, what a mistake that would have been.

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‘Hood eats: Lebanese

So many fresh discoveries await my eager-beaver attitude towards this cool little neighborhood where I now live. Effervescent with my ever-growing fondness, and with a brunch buzz, I thought up a new blog feature where I visit all the many dining establishments not far outside my doorstep and pair with them wines for delicious take-out feasts. Here’s the first one.

Cave de Saumur ‘Saumur Blanc’ Lieu-dit Les Pouches 2013
Loire, France
$12
Bodega Classica Hacienda Lopez De Haro Crianza Rioja
Spain
$10
Lightbulb! Brainstorm! Action! I was on the train returning home from playing tourist in the city I now call home and that sudden, lightening strike of hunger hit the very core of my belly.

The first thing that came to mind was easy, it was the dive-y little hole in the wall in my neighborhood serving up Lebanese fare that I could not stop thinking about. I oh-so desperately was just positively dying to give it a try. That night, I decided, was the night.

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Teifenbrunner Pinot Bianco 2013

Italy
Splurge-y
$12.99
It was completely by accident that I learned about Alto Adige wines. A friend on Facebook enlightened me.

After posting yet another annoying photo of the wine I was drinking on Facebook, Twitter AND Instagram (because you just know that everyone’s lives are incomplete without seeing and hearing what wine bottle I’m sadly guzzling down while cooking dinner for one), Jacob commented, “Alto Adige?” And I honestly had to go look at the wine label because I had no idea what in tarnation he was talking about. Sure enough, there it was.

I replied, “Why yes, yes it is Jacob.” And I followed it with another comment, “I assume it means high altitude? Maybe?”

To which he said, “Yup. That’s in them Italian Alps.”

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Tomato-tomahto, let’s call the whole thing a wash

Michele Chiarlo Barbera D’Asti Le Orme 2011, $12.49
Zenato Pinot Grigio della Venezie 2013, $8.99
Looks like I’m going off the deep end. No longer content with just knocking back a glass of wine with dinner I am now questioning what wine would go best with my food.

So after coming across what sounded like a really delicious recipe on my Twitter feed for a herbed tomato tart I asked myself, “what kind of wine?”

After a few Google searches and skimming through a wealth of stories on the topic I quickly came to some conclusions on what I would grab off the shelves at the shop. I actually did all of this on my phone while walking up and down the aisles filled with an abundance of choices.

tomato tart

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‘Epilogo’ Sauvignon Blanc-Moscatel 2012

La Mancha, Spain
$7.99
Curiosity about this blend from the Spanish Bodegas Yuntero caused me to pause and consider. Sauvignon Blanc, a favorite, but with Moscatel blended in, 10 percent. Hmm, okay, why not.

For the sake of this blog, which mostly exists to help bring focus to my self-taught wine education and the off-chance that others might benefit or at the very least be entertained, I decided to give it a go.

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Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2013

Washington State
Splurge-y
$11.99
This was the first time for me that a wine’s name so perfectly captured the taste of it.

Fresh and crisp and mostly pretty dry. Not particularly nuanced but still it was a lot of fun. Just as fun as the way cool label that reminds me of comedian Margaret cho.

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Le Altane Prosecco

Italy
$9.99
This bubbly is the perfect way to celebrate anything. In this case the end of a particularly tough work week.

Like Champagne, Prosecco takes its name after a geographical region. The white wine grapes are grown primarily in the eastern part of Italy’s Veneto region.

The Humboldt Fog cheese I grabbed along with this bottle was delicious all on its own but with the Prosecco it cut through the pungent and flavorful cheese in a way that made every bite and sip perfect for each other. Heaviness and lightness — the one lifting the other and the other lending weight to its counterpart. I could not stop. I simply couldn’t stop until most of the cheese was eaten and the last drops of the bubbly were poured into my flute.

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Alamos Torrontés 2013

Argentina
$7.99

I’ve had good luck with this Argentinian winery in the past. Tasty and inexpensive, it has never disappointed. I’ve especially been a fan of their Malbec for a couple of years now.

When I saw this white wine from Alamos, the first time I’d ever seen it, it was with that trust that I plucked it off the shelf and put it in my basket with the other bottles that were heading with me to the checkout counter.

Curiosity also played a part. Torrontés? What was that? I had to try it.

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Joseph Drouhin Macon-Villages 2012

Burgundy, France
Splurge-y
$11.99
Ah, yes, memories. They have a way of being called back from the depths by a scent, a song, or a meal. And of course, also by a few precious drops of wine.

When a sip from this Joseph Drouhin wine alighted upon my fleshy pink tongue it was Paris in the springtime that came bursting out of the folds of my gray matter.

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