what’s in my glass

Tools of my trade…

This week I was named a Delectable Wine Pro!

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So what the heck does that mean? Well, I use a nice little wine app called Delectable. I recommend it to all my fellow winos, if you don’t already have it. I use it to track and rate wines I’ve tasted, and also while I’m in the store picking out wines to purchase. It has excellent label recognition (the best I’ve come across in a wine app) and will give you user & pro ratings as well as descriptions by users & pros. So I guess I’m officially a professional wino according to Delectable. Check me out on Delectable here & see what I’m drinking!

Another fun little tool in my arsenal is Pepperplate. I’m just starting to scratch the surface of what Pepperplate can do, but the main thing I use it for is when I’m composing recipes. It formats them for me so I don’t have to worry about numbering, or bullet points, or lining things up. It does all that for me. You can share recipes with your friends and there’s an option to make menus and grocery lists using the recipes. Best thing is, I have this app in my phone, so I can write a recipe wherever & whenever inspiration strikes. Currently, there’s an option to share your recipes on Facebook & Twitter, and boy would I like to see an option for formatting a recipe on Pepperplate, and posting it to WordPress (hint hint).

What’s in my glass: WBC Row Hard Root Beer and Blumenhof Chambourcin AKA: The night I forgot to drink the wine…

Had dinner with some friends Friday night. Bleu Cheese stuffed burgers, spinach salad, pasta salad, fries for the kidlets. I, naturally brought the booze and my daughter prepared her “precious little apple babies” for dessert.

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Here’s a pic of the booze I brought…

On the left is a growler of Row Hard Root Beer from Weston Brewing Company.  On the right, Blumenhof Winery’s 2012 Chambourcin. The Chambourcin was given to me by a grateful co-worker for whom I covered a shift. She did some detective work and figured out that Chambourcin is one of my favorite varietals. I thought it would be the perfect compliment to the yummy bleu cheese burgers. The root beer is getting a ton of great word of mouth, and my friend’s hubby is something of a “drink geek” so I thought it would be fun to try…

We cracked open the growler. In preparation for it’s sampling my hosts had graciously provided chilled glasses. We poured three glasses and resumed pre-dinner chatting. I was happy to find that the root beer did not disappoint. I’m not sure quite what I was expecting– beer with a slight root beer flavor? But this tasted JUST LIKE ROOT BEER. Which I love. There was a very slight beer-ish aftertaste. But it was quite delicious. In fact, I believe one of the first statements I made after tasting it was that if O’Malley’s Pub was not serving root beer floats made with Row Hard that they were really missing the bus. Guys, if you are not, MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

The mishap of the night was that I enjoyed the root beer so much that I poured myself a second glass and completely neglected to taste the Chambourcin. I did give it a sniff when I was first uncorked. The nose was unremarkable. Some fruit, a good bit of oak, the earthiness that I enjoy so much in a Chambourcin was all but nonexistent in the bouquet. It was also much lighter-bodied than other Chambourcins I have enjoyed. I am disappointed to say that’s all I can offer in review of this wine. But I have learned my lesson. Never will I forget to taste the wine again. You have my word.

Update: I spoke to Corey Weinfurt from Weston Brewing Company this morning and he offered me a bit of insight on the Row Hard Root Beer as well as the Pedal Hard Ginger Beer, which were both collaborations with The Root Sellers. These have been in development for about a year, the Pedal Hard released in June, the Row Hard available this month on tap (and in growlers). In the coming months they should be available for purchase in 6-packs. I am very excited to try the Pedal Hard as well and will be bringing my growler over for it soon! 

Credit to The Root Sellers for the pic of the taps at the UNICO Microbrew Festival at Zona Rosa.

What’s in my glass…

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I acquired this lovely, golden, unoaked Chardonnay at a wine dinner at one of my favorite spots Cafe Des Amis in Parkville, MO. I was floored when I was informed that this peachy wonder with gentle citrus undertones was a Chardonnay, not a Sauvignon Blanc as I would have guessed. I drank it on game night with the kinders. Definitely an unconventional pairing with the White Castle burgers, wontons, and fried pickles we enjoyed. But a nice compliment to UNO and Blackjack- my kids are cardsharks! :/

What’s in my glass…

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Gatsby Red– an off-dry (although they call it semi-sweet) red blend I picked up while on Long (STRONG) Island this week.
A semi-sweet red blend, this wine is barrel-aged in seasoned oak, which brings out dark berry-dominated fruitiness upfront, and a firm yet lingering finish. Enjoy as an aperitif, but also pleasing slightly chilled and served with traditional barbecue or spicy Asian-inspired fare.