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?

New Year Updates, Blog Thoughts & Bubbly

Hubby & me ready to say good by to 2017!

Hubby & me ready to say goodbye to 2017!

Happy New Year, wine friends!

First, a quick update on Hubby.  He had his follow-up PET scan last week, and we received the results this morning.  The great news is the scan is better than the one from October.  It showed continual improvement and “almost complete normalization.”  The unfortunate news is there is still some residual metabolic activity, so the doctor couldn’t use the magic word “remission” yet.  As the cancer is a very aggressive lymphoma, the oncologist believes that if it was still living, then the scans would be getting worse, not better.  However, he doesn’t want to say Hubby is cured without being positive that this is the case. What this means for Hubby is no additional treatment (YAY!).  Instead, he will also do another PET scan in April.

Obviously, we both would have preferred to know this was completely behind us.  But, things are trending in the right direction.  Hubby’s already feeling about 75% normal, so we’ll just keep working on building his strength and getting him healthy.  We’re both registered to run the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler at the beginning of April, so by the time he goes for what will hopefully be his final PET scan, Hubby should be in good shape and ready to embrace the magic word that we are so ready to hear.

Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux Brut

Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux Brut

Second…my New Year’s thoughts about the blog.  Obviously, I’m out of the habit of blogging.  And, I miss it.  But, I also know my priorities have changed over the last year, and writing detailed blog posts several times a week is just not going to happen.  So, I’m changing my approach and will be embracing an even more diverse online presence.  Hopefully, you’ll continue to check here, as I will post in-depth reviews of wine and wine-related things about twice a month.  I will post my everyday tasting notes on Vivino (as Alleigh @ A Glass After Work).  For those interested in my food and wine lifestyle photos and thoughts, follow me on Instagram (as Alleigh77) and Facebook (as AGlassAfterWork).  I’m even hoping to do a bit on Facebook live, so if you’re interested in unboxing videos, be sure to like my page.  And, of course, I will continue to participate in live tastings and wine chats on Twitter (as @Alleigh).

All in all, 2018 is off to a good start for us.  We hope the same is true for you.  And now we’re off to toast our news with a yummy Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux Brut from Languedoc in southwest France.  Cheers!

My Annual Review, Laurent-Perrier Champagne, & A Casserole

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

First off…today is my 8-year Blogiversary, so a quick thank you for being loyal readers!! I’ll post more on my celebration in the next few days. With that, onto the blog post.

Last Tuesday started off with my annual review. No matter how good one feels about his/her job or boss, review time is always nerve-wracking. This year, though, I actually outlined a few new things in my self-evaluation that will expand my role in the association, push me outside my comfort zone, and, hopefully, provide some good career growth. Thankfully, not only to the Big Boss have great feedback about my performance, but also he was very supportive of the goals I outlined. Now, the hard part will be implementing it!

After my review, I was off to meetings with Senate staff for most of the day. Then, I finished things off with a killer spin class at my local spin and barre studio. By the time I walked home, Hubby had dinner–Pinch of Yum’s creamy chicken quinoa and broccoli casserole–in oven, so all that was left was to open a good bottle of wine.

Laurent-Perrier Demi-Sec – At $40, this Champagne from France dances in the glass and in your mouth.  The cost makes it a more of a splurge, but the beautiful flavors, and food-friendliness can’t help but bring a smile to your face. Rating: 4 out of 5 |

Laurent-Perrier Demi Sec

The Laurent-Perrier Demi-Sec (winery) is a sparkling wine from the Champagne region in France and is made with a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier grapes. The bubbly had a medium yellow color with a lot of small, persistent bubbles that danced in my glass. The characteristics on the nose and in the mouth with similar–juicy white peaches mixed with lemons and brioche. The wine had a medium body with medium-to-high acidity and a hint of sweetness.

Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely!  If you see this sparkler in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At an SRP of $40, it is definitely more of a weeknight splurge, but I thought that a good review was qualified. And, since I’d actually enjoyed this Champagne for the first time a few weeks ago, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. Sometimes, I find that Champagne can be almost too subtle, but this bubbly has enough going on that I’m aware of it without it drawing my attention away from conversation or food every time I take a sip.

Admittedly, I enjoyed several glass over the course of the evening. My first was while Hubby finished making dinner. It was a lovely choice for catching up about our day, although it admittedly went down so smoothly that I was ready for my second glass by the time dinner was served. The acidity and bubbles were perfect for cutting through the cheese in the casserole, and the more delicate flavors matched nicely with the lighter seasoning of the chicken and quinoa in the casserole. After dinner, I poured by third glass, grabbed my latest knitting project, and watched a few episodes of Call the Midwife, my latest Netflix addiction.

Question of the Day: What is you’re under-$50, but still a splurge go-to sparkling wine?

Suggested Retail Price: $40
Received as a sample.
Overall: 4 Corks

The Holiday Season Arrived with “L’Ancien” Beaujolais Nouveau

2016 Domaine des Terres Dorées “L’Ancien” Vieilles Vignes Beaujolais Nouveau – At $16, this light-bodied red wine from France is a food-friendly wine that will please almost every wine drinker.  So, as you’re starting to think about holiday parties and dinners, this is one to keep in mind. Rating 4 out of 5 |

2016 Domaine des Terres Dorées “L’Ancien” Vieilles Vignes Beaujolais Nouveau

The third Thursday of November is one of the best faux holidays of the year—Beaujolais Nouveau Day! And, for me, it’s the real start of the holiday season.

Long time readers know how much I enjoy the day, but for the uninitiated, Beaujolais Nouveau is a light-bodied, French red wine. The wine is harvested, fermented, bottled, shipped, and opened by wine drinkers all within a 6-8 week period. Beaujolais Nouveau is not to be aged, but rather enjoyed within the couple of months of when it’s released, while the wine is fruity and immature. Think of it as a preview of what to expect when the aged Beaujolais wines are released. And, that’s exactly what had me excited about the one I opened on Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

Admittedly, the Thursday before Thanksgiving was a very quiet workday. I had a fundraising call with my boss, lunch with a Congressional staffer I’ve been playing tag with for months, and a coalition conference call. Congress was still focused on figuring out plans for the lame duck, so everything else was mostly quick conversations or emails to remind staffers about my organization’s priorities for this period. Everything was very low-key, which was the perfect end to my four-day workweek. On my walk home, I went to a new-to-me wine store and bought a new-to-me Beaujolais Nouveau.

The 2016 Domaine des Terres Dorées “L’Ancien” Vieilles Vignes Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine from Beaujolais, France and was made with 100% Gamay grapes.  On the nose, there were strawberries and cream mixed with hints of late bloom rose petals. In the mouth, there were tart strawberries and raspberries, as well as hints of cranberries and roses. The wine is light-bodied with light tannins and a good acidity.

2016 Domaine des Terres Dorées “L’Ancien” Vieilles Vignes Beaujolais Nouveau & the corn husk charms from the "Tom Turkey" Simply Charmed magnetic wine charm set

2016 Domaine des Terres Dorées “L’Ancien” Vieilles Vignes Beaujolais Nouveau & the corn husk charm from my “Tom Turkey” Simply Charmed magnetic wine charm set

Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely!  If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $16, this wine is incredibly food friendly and has surprising structure to a wine that is so young. I’m a fan! What is particularly notable about this wine is that unlike many other Beaujolais Nouveau producers, they don’t use carbonic maceration, which can give the wines a bubble gum characteristic. So, as you’re starting to think about holiday parties and dinners, this is a budget-friendly wine that will please almost every wine drinker.

(Also pictured is one of the Simply Charmed “Tom Turkey” magnetic wine charms I received as a sample. Click here for details on the giveaway I’m doing where you can win a “His & Hers” set, which has 12 charms and is a $28 value. There are several ways to enter, but you have do to it fast, as entries are only accepted from November 26 until 11pm on December 4th)

Question of the Day: Have you ever participated in Beaujolais Nouveau Day events?  What are your thoughts on the faux holiday?  What about your thoughts on the wine?

Price: $16
Purchased at Chat’s Liquors on Capitol Hill
Overall: 4 Corks