Is There Such A Thing As Good Wine In A Can?

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

Hi Everyone, and Happy #WineWednesday. Today, I’m tasting the 2016 Stella Wines​ Pinot Grigio in a can, which I received as a sample and has a suggested retail price of $13 for a 4-pack.  I’ve tried a number of canned wines, but as much as I love the idea, I haven’t been a fan of the ones I tasted. The big question is if this will be different?!  As a side note, though, instead of drinking the wine out of a can, I’m using the Go Vino glasses. Cheers!

Question of the Day:  Have you had this or another canned wine and what did you think of it?

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?

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 | AGlassAfterWork.com

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

Simply Charmed Magnetic Wine Charm Giveaway!

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

Simply Charmed magnetic wine charm set review & giveaway - These magnetic wine charms are a fun way to help with glass identification when you’re entertaining or if you’re just feeling festive and want to fancy-up your wine glass. | AGlassAfterWork.com

Simply Charmed magnetic wine charm set review & giveaway – These magnetic wine charms are a fun way to help with glass identification when you’re entertaining or if you’re just feeling festive and want to fancy-up your wine glass. | AGlassAfterWork.com

"His & Hers" set of 12 Simply Charmed magnetic wine charms ($28)

“His & Hers” set of 12 Simply Charmed magnetic wine charms

A Pumpkin from "Tom Turkey" Simply Charmed set

A Pumpkin from “Tom Turkey” Simply Charmed set

I love entertaining. That’s probably not surprising considering how much I love wine and food, but there are few things I enjoy as much as having friends over, opening up wine, and serving all sorts of goodies to go with it. Admittedly, it was hard to do when Hubby and I were living in the condo because we just didn’t have the space. Usually my entertaining there was in the common area lounge with other people who lived in the building, and those were potluck…everyone brought a food dish, at least one bottle of wine, and a wine glass. Get-togethers in the new house have been slower to materialize because we’re still without a dining room table, but thankfully, some outdoor and living room furniture haven’t completely stopped us. And, let’s be honest, most of the time, everyone stands around the island in the kitchen anyway.

With more entertaining happening these days, I was very excited when Simply Charmed reached out to see if I would be interested in trying their magnetic wine charms. I love my friends and family, but wine glass mix-ups aren’t ideal. Plus, I liked the idea of an attractive and easy way to make each person’s glass identifiable. We often use stemless (flexible and BPA-free polymer) GoVino glasses on the back patio, which means the charms that go around the stem just don’t work.

A close-up of how the Simply Charmed magnetic wine charms sit on the glass

A close-up of how the Simply Charmed magnetic wine charms sit on the glass

Instead of adhering to the glass, Simply Charmed uses magnets—one is attached to the charm and the other is placed inside the glass. The magnets are strong and won’t come off until they’re pulled on. They have no impact on the wine, and vice versa.

I’ve been trying out the “Tom Turkey” set on my regular wine glasses, GoVino glasses, and beer mugs…and I’m a fan. You can expect to see these charms popping up in pictures from now on. In fact, I actually took advantage of this weekend’s 20% off cyber deal to order the “Holiday Cheer” set for myself, as well as “High Heels – Stepping Out in Style” and the “Wedding” set for wine drinking friends.

"Tom Turkey" set of 6 Simply Charmed magnetic wine charms ($16)

“Tom Turkey” set of 6 Simply Charmed magnetic wine charms

As an added bonus, if you’re looking to support small businesses, Simply Charmed is a small, family run business. Leann and her husband, Kevin, run the company, while their two teenaged daughters help with graphic design and making the charms themselves.

Simply Charmed sent me two sets—one to try and another to give away. I’m keeping the “Tom Turkey” set, but I’m giving away the “His & Hers” set, which has 12 charms and is a $28 value.

There are several different ways to enter the contest, which is open until 11pm on December 4th. Within 48 hours of the contest ending, I will choose a winner at random, post their name in the comment section, and send an email to make sure I have all the necessary contact information to get the Simply Charmed set in the mail.

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Received as a sample.