Well, it’s Wednesday. But more importantly, it’s WINE WEDNESDAY! Yes, I am doing it. Dedicating an entire post to talk about wine. But stay with me here, you might be able to reap the rewards of me being WINO COTTER.
You all know I love wine. But let me tell you why. Wine to me is more than a drink. It’s science, it’s an art, it’s culture. And I love learning and embracing all three of those. In fact, I started traveling and studying abroad when I was 12. I have traveled to over 4 different continents and over a dozen different countries. Heck, I married a kiwi, didn’t I? haha. Needless to say, when you travel, you learn about the region, the food, the people, and the WINE.
I enjoy a glass about every night. It’s always a slow savoring glass. So I can enjoy it. So I can let it breathe. So I can taste it’s fullness.
So today I will talk about wine. I know many will skip this post, and that’s okay. Wine may not interest you. But I like to share my interests with others. Here goes… cheers!
My favorite affordable wines. Yes, some are from New Zealand because I am bias. But the others are great finds that you can’t go wrong with. You might even call them staple wines.
Château Crisp from NZ- Sauvignon Blanc
Ruta 22 Malbec- 2011 –>a great year for Argentinian Malbecs
Coppola Rosso & Bianco- great table red blend
Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin
The Show Malbec (2011 is best)
The HeadSnapper Malbec (2011)
New Zealand Favorites
White Cliff Pinot Gris
Mill Road Pinot Noir
Others not pictured but still favorites and affordable (Under $20)
Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2010
La Crema Chardonnay 2011
Apothic Red 2011
Usually Randall’s (Safeway) have great deals on these wines ever so often, but so does Costco. And I’ve even noticed that Target has an increasing selection of good choice wines. Never hurts to look their either.
Fun WINE articles and WINE charts.
Pairings and more.
The different types of Wine by style and taste
And last but not least… my NEW 6 bottle personal wine cellar!
Expressing my love for wine via interwebs definitely has it perks. The lovely crew at Staples sent me this 6 rack wine cellar to review and to put to good use!
Oh, and the offered to giveaway one personal wine cellar too!
But first, let’s talk about the cellar, shall we?
I’ve had this cellar for 2 weeks now. So far, I adore it! I mainly store my red wine in there because it’s way too hot in TX to keep wine out in the kitchen and keeping it in the fridge is too cold, in my opinion. This cellar has personal temperature settings for both red and white wine. I keep it at 54F to store my red wine. It has helped my wine last longer and stay truer to taste. Which is obviously very important to me (us). It’s pretty small and light so you can place in on top of your refrigerator or on the counter top in the corner. It’s not loud and very easy to use. Plus it looks quite nice. Perks all around.
Here are some of the product details from the Staples website.
Store a few of your favorites in this elegant, compact wine cellar.
- Keep up to 6 bottles of red or white wine on hand and at an optimum temperature
- Features an electronic temperature control with LED display
- 14.75″H x 9.9″W x 20.25″D, 20.3 lbs.
- Thermoelectric cooling system creates a vibration-free environment
- 2 full-width chrome racks provide secure and steady storage
- Double pane insulated glass door to further protect your wine from the outside environment
- The small size makes this model a perfect fit for your countertop.
- Color: Silver
- 1-year parts and labor warranty
I think this has to be one of my favorite giveaways. Sharing the passion here! Happy Wine Wednesday.
What’s in your glass?
LC (wino cotter)