$18 Australian White Wine

Hi wine friends…and Happy #WineWednesday! Today, I’m sharing the 2017 McPherson Wine Company Pinot Gris, which is an $18 white wine from the Victoria region of Australia. Cheers!

You can purchase this wine from Wine.com here.

Question of the Day: Are you an Australian wine drinker? If so, what wines do you love that I should be checking out?

John Legend’s LVE Wine

Hi wine friends…and Happy #WineWednesday! Today, I’m sharing the 2014 LVE Cabernet Sauvignon by John Legend, which is an $85 red wine collaboration between singer John Legend and Napa Valley’s Raymond Vineyards. Cheers!

As I mentioned in the video, I first received this wine as part of a Gary Vee Wine Club shipment in 2018.  The #GaryVeeWineClub is a monthly shipment of wine for only $55 a month. Depending on the month, you receive 1, 2, 3, or 4 bottles. It is run through Wine Library.

Question of the Day: 

  • Have you had any of the John Legend LVE Wines?
  • Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day?  If those plans involve wine, what are you planning to drink?

An Easy Fall Cocktail: The Apple Cider 75

Hi wine friends!  Today, I’m trying something new.  Hubby and I have been drinking more cocktails, particularly when we’re out, and we’ve started talking about making more cocktails at home. Since I’m going to be experimenting, I thought it would be fun to share what we’re trying. Admittedly, I don’t expect to post cocktail videos every week, but rather have a few extra videos a month.  First up is a fall variation of one of my favorite cocktails – the French 75.

I always gravitate towards gin drinks, and I clearly lovely bubbly, so it’s probably not a surprise that I frequently will order a French 75.  The French 75 was created in the Paris bar called Harry’s New York, and and it’s supposedly named after a 75mm Howitzer cannon, which was used in World War I.  If you’re not familiar with the drink, the classic version is made with gin, lemon juice, and sugar then topped off with Champagne and a twist of lemon or orange for garnish.  The drink is usually served in a chilled Champagne flute, although historically it was put into a Collins glass with ice.

Alleigh’s Apple Cider 75 Recipe

Alleigh’s Apple Cider 75 – This cocktail is a fall variation of the classic French 75 cocktail, and I made it with Tanqueray Gin, apple cider, and sugar. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

Alleigh’s Apple Cider 75

  • 1.5 oz Tanqueray Gin (or whatever brand you use at home)
  • 1 oz Apple Cider
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Champagne or other sparkling wine
  • For the sugar rim on the glass, use 1 TBS sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon.

Put ice into a cocktail shaker. Add the gin, cider, and sugar. Shake well. Use strainer to pour into a chilled glass that has cinnamon-sugar rim. Top with Champagne (or other sparkling wine). Garnish with thin apple slice.

You can watch my YouTube video as I make Alleigh’s Apple Cider 75!

Questions of the Day:

  • Are you interested in more cocktail videos?
  • Are you a cocktail drinker?  If so, what cocktails do you tend to drink?
  • Do you like French 75s?  Have had any variations of it, like an Apple Cider 75?

2016 Il Palagio Roxanne Red Blend by Sting

Hi wine friends, and Happy Wine Wednesday!  Today, I’m sharing the 2016 Il Palagio Roxanne Red Blend by Sting, which is a red wine blend from Italy. I don’t know if you knew that the singer, Sting, and his wife, Trudy, have a winery in Italy, but they do.

When Sting talks about wine, he describes wine as being like a song because each wine has its own story.  He says this is why he named each of his wines after his most famous songs.  And, as someone who grew up loving both The Police and Sting as a solo artist, once I discovered the winery, I couldn’t resist giving the wines a try.   You can watch my YouTube video to get all my thoughts, as well as background on the wine, or you can keep reading!

The back of the 2016 Roxanne Red Blend explains that Roxanne was the wife of Alexander the Great, was Cyrano de Bergerac’s unrequited love, and was the eponymous subject of one of Sting’s earliest and most famous songs.  With an description like that, it’s probably not surprising that I thought the Roxanne Red would be the perfect choice for trying Sting’s wine for the first time.

Sting and Trudy started doing renovations on Il Palagio, which is their winery in Tuscany, in 1999.  On the property, there is a private residence, 65 acres of vineyards, over 8,000 olive trees, and 80 bee colonies.  Their wines are all certified both organic and biodynamic.

2016 Il Palagio Roxanne Red Blend by Sting – At $18-20, this red wine blend from Tuscany, Italy is made by the singer Sting and his wife, Trudy. The wine is perfect for the fall weather, as it hints at a warm berry pie. It would pair well with red pasta dishes, as well as make a nice addition to a Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a wine that is worth looking for, particularly if you’re a fan of Sting. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

2016 Roxanne Red Blend by Sting

The 2016 Il Palagio Roxanne Red by Sting is a between $18-$20 online and is blend of 80% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, and 10% Syrah.  The wine had a lovely deep purple color.  On the nose, there were a lot of blackberries and black cherries, with a hint of blueberries, sweet baking spices (mostly cinnamon and nutmeg), and violets.  In the mouth, there were blackberries and black cherries mixed with the sweet baking spices to create flavors that reminded me of a dark berry pie.  The wine had medium-to-medium high tannins, medium-to-high acidity, and a medium body.

Overall, this was a lovely wine.  It would pair well with red pasta dishes, as well as make a nice addition to a Thanksgiving dinner.  Maybe it’s because my mind is embracing the fall weather, but this wine just screams fall wine and food to me. It’s a wine that I think is worth looking for, particularly if you’re a fan of Sting.

Questions of the Day:

  1. Are you a fan of Sting or of the Police?
  2. Have you had any of Sting’s wines? If so, which ones, and what did you think?

Virginia Wine Month with a 2015 Breaux Vineyards Meritage

Hi wine friends, and Happy Wine Wednesday! October is Virginia Wine Month, so I’m sharing a Virginia wine that was actually part of a larger Virginia Wine Twitter Tasting—the 2015 Breaux Vineyards Meritage.  You can watch my YouTube video to get all my thoughts, as well as background on the wine, or you can keep reading!

Also, in full disclosure, the Twitter tasting was organized by Frank from Drink What YOU Like, it was sponsored by Visit Loudon, and all of the wines, including the Breaux Meritage, were sent as samples.

As the name suggests, the 2015 Breaux Vineyards Meritage has an SRP of $42 and is a red wine blend—50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot, 23% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Malbec.  It’s a small production wine, with only 376 cases produced.  The wine was a nice dark, inky ruby color.  On the nose, there were a lot of blackberries and tobacco with some  green tea and baking spice notes.  There was also a little bit of earthiness, the type of smell that reminded me of walking in a forest right after a little bit of rain.  It was an earthy, dirt smell, but in a very nice way.  In the mouth, there were juicy, ripe blackberries practically hitting me in the face, followed by green tea and tobacco and more subtle notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. The wine had a medium-to-full body with tannins that just clung to my mouth.

2015 Breaux Vineyards Meritage – At $42, this red wine blend from Virginia is too expensive for an every day waine, but is a fantastic option for a fall special occasion or Thanksgiving dinner.  Everything about it screams chilly weather, light sweaters, fall leaves, some football, and chili. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

2015 Breaux Vineyards Meritage

Overall, the 2015 Breaux Vineyards Meritage is a beautiful wine, although it definitely needs to breathe a little bit before you drink it, which is something I learned during the Twitter tasting because I didn’t.  That said, because it does so nicely with some air, it was still beautiful when I enjoyed a glass the next day.

If you’re ready to start drinking a little more red wine and have been thinking about pulling out some of your heavier clothes, but maybe you’re not ready to dive right in and drink that big juicy California cab yet, this is exactly what I think you should be going for.  It’s the perfect wine for transitioning into fall. It has a little bit of that smokiness and a little bit of that structure that is perfect for the weather getting chilly.  It feels to me like a wine that I want with fall leaves, some football, and chili.

Also, as you’re starting to thinking about the holidays, it’s a wine that would be perfect for Thanksgiving.  It’s a little more on the expensive side, so it’s not one of those wines I’m going to open up every day, but for a special occasion like Thanksgiving where I’m family is coming over and I want to share a bottle or two of something special, this would be a perfect option.  It has the characteristics of a crowd-pleasing wine and it’s festive.

Questions of the Day:

  • I know Breaux Vineyards wine has started making its way outside of Virginia, so have you had a chance to taste any?  If so, which ones and what did you think?