Wine Wednesday brings us our first red of the new season. An ‘everyday extraordinary’ as the tag line on the bottle states, highly enjoyable Pinot Noir. This was a gift awhile back from a dinner guest. The graphic label no doubt what helped draw them to the bottle knowing we would love it. They were correct. Adore that oversized “P” which really sets the bottle apart. What is in the bottle is equally yummy. This hits the under 20 dollars I like for house wine. With berry notes, lovely solo drinking vino. I had a glass with chicken Parmesan we had delivered last eve after a long, busy & fun day of display at the Market shop. The wine holding up right along. From our neighbors to the South, Eola Hills Winery in Oregon.
Yes, I will admit it, the A to Z caught my eye right off the bat. And yes, sometimes a simple Chardonnay is just what is needed with a simple piece of fish. Ahhhh, simple pleasures. Tuna steaks were on the dinner menu at WestWard the other evening, and this bottle caught my eye at the grocer. It ended up being perfect with dinner as well as a glass while I read my book by the fire after. Plays well with food and solo–a true test for many/most wines in my book.
From the makers website.
“The 2013 A to Z Chardonnay nose opens with bright fruit like kiwi and tangerine, pear and stone fruits then deepens to richer aromas of honey toast, rose and wet stones. On the palate, the wine is juicy and round with well-balanced freshness, minerality and structure. The zesty finish is crisp, clean and pure with a lingering mineral nose.”
I am so happy to report that our order of Salty Black Licorice by Pacific Northwest superstar Jacobsen Salt Co. has arrived. I first read about this licorice months ago, and have been counting the days until it arrived. Black licorice seems to be one of those things folks either really like or either don’t really like at all. I fall into the really like camp, inheriting this love from my Dad who adored black licorice. But this has a bit of a twist. They include their famous flaked sea salt in it, taking the flavor quotient up several notches. This stuff is good! I could not wait to break into a box the moment it arrived yesterday. I posted it immediately on Instagram and within minutes my friend Rita Konig, who is back living in London, responded with a query about it. The love of salty licorice runs deep for fans that crave it. There are 24 individually wrapped pieces in a box. Plenty to share, but plenty to enjoy just for yourself.