White Haul

Happy #WineWednesday!  Today, I’m unboxing my case of white wines. Plus, I’m going to taste the Hugel Classic Pinot Gris with you. Cheers!

The wines mentioned in the video were:

Question of the Day: Are you a white wine drinker? Do you drink it year round with certain foods or do you tend to drink it more seasonally?

Wine Flash Sale: Cuvée Valérose

Happy #WineWednesday! Spring has finally arrived in DC, so I didn’t want to miss sharing my latest Wines ‘Til Sold Out purchase – a yummy rosé that is perfect for the warm weather. Cheers!

The wine mentioned in the video was the 2017 Cuvée Valérose — $11.  I would give it a 3.5 out of 5 corks.  It’s a great value and is an easy-to-drink wine, but not very complex.

Question of the Day #1: Do you drink rosé all year long or is it mostly a spring and summer wine for you?

Question of the Day #2: Do you buy wine online?  If so, what sites do you use?

Around the World with 4 Locations Wines

*** I received this wine as a sample. ***

Happy #WineWednesday!  Tonight we’re going to explore the world through wine as I go through a sample box of Locations Wine. Buckle up…and cheers!

The idea behind Dave Phinney’s Locations Wine is to make the best wine from a country or region that expresses the place’s sense of location.  All the wines are $20 and come from high-quality vineyards, run by forward-thinking growers working with old vines.

The wines mentioned in the video were:

  • E5, a red wine blend from Spain– $20
  • NZ7, a Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand — $20
  • F5, a red wine blend from France — $20
  • WA5, a red wine blend from Washington State, USA — $20

Question of the Day: Have you ever had any of the Locations Wines?  What did you think?

Received as a sample.

A Club for Book & Wine Lovers: The Books & Bottles Book Club

Happy #WineWednesday! In this video, I live taste a Francis Ford Coppola Winery Diamond Collection Scarlet Label Red Blend and open a sample Books & Bottles Book Club shipment from Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Tall Poppy Writers. It’s definitely my type of club because who doesn’t love drinking wine with a good book, right? The Books & Bottles Book Club is a quarterly book and wine pairing gift set. Each package is $49, and it includes two bottles of wine and one book.

The book in my sample shipment was Dreaming in Chocolate by Susan Bishop Crispell.

The wines mentioned were:

Question of the Day: Do you belong to a book club?  Is there wine usually involved in your gatherings?

The Peraj Petita Disappoints

Hubby really only started drinking alcohol during the last year, and while I’ve turned him into a bubbly and white wine lover, he won’t drink red wine because he thinks it tastes like cough medicine. So, since he’s not drinking for 48 hours before, during, or for 48 hours after chemo, I’ve been taking advantage of that time to open up some red wines.

That first Monday of chemo was a tough one because Hubby ended up being allergic to the medicine. Reactions aren’t unexpected, but his was more severe than most, although, thankfully, it was “just” hives and not life threatening. The infusion nurses and his doctor monitored him closely, but they continued giving him the medicine, along with extra Benadryl and steroids, and a saline drip to help flush his system. What was supposed to take about four or five hours took more than eight hours. After he was done with the infusion, they hooked him up to a portable pump that dispenses another one of his chemo medications over a 24-hour period. By the time we left the infusion center, we were both emotionally and physically drained. When we got home, Hubby relaxed as I heated up the leftover lasagna and opened a bottle of wine for myself.

2014 Peraj Petita – At $18, this kosher red wine from Spain was a disappointment. While others give it glowing reviews, the candied strawberry flavors mixed with the savory characteristics just didn’t work for me. Rating: 2.5 out of 5 |

2014 Peraj Petita

The 2014 Peraj Petita (winery, snooth) was a kosher wine from Monstant, Spain and made with 60% Grenache, 20% Tempranillo, 10% Merlot and 10% Syrah grapes. The wine was a deep, clear ruby color. On the nose, there were raspberries, candied strawberries, and smoked meat. In the mouth, there were raspberries and candied strawberries mixed with leather and hints of cinnamon, and nutmeg. The wine had a medium body, tannins, and acid, along with a little bit of spritz on the tongue.

Is this worth a glass after work? At $18, I was disappointed in this wine. All of the reviews on were positive and one of my go-to kosher wine reviewers, Wine Musings Blog, loved the 2012 vintage, so I tasted the Peraj Petita expecting to love it. But, I didn’t. In fact, I didn’t just not love it, I disliked it. The candied strawberry mixed with the savory characteristics just didn’t do it for me. Oddly, everything I mentioned that Hubby says he hates about red wine is what I was tasting in this one. After drinking about a quarter of my glass, hoping the wine would grow on me, I decided it wasn’t worth it after the day we had. So, I dumped it out, and opened up a KickAss Britchen Red…which was absolutely kick ass.

Question of the Day: Do you dump wine out when you’re not enjoying it?  If so, do you feel guilty? And, do you open another bottle or just give up on wine for the night?

Price: $18
Purchased at
Overall: 2.5 Corks