Gnarly head Pinot Grigio is full of fruit flavors and has a feisty acidity. This is a bold white wine. The nose detects floral tones of honeysuckle and some tropical flowers. The flavors of this Pinot Grigio include lemon, honeydew melon, nectarine and a hint of apricot. This is a refreshing white wine that would be perfect for sipping while lounging in the hammock on a nice spring evening or while relaxing in hot tub watching the snow fall. I would serve this Gnarly head with seafood or light and spicy Asian dishes.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the Decopas Malbec. I really liked that wine so when I had the chance to try their Sauvignon Blanc I jumped at the opportunity.
The first thing I noticed about the Sauvignon Blanc is how clear the wine is in the glass. While it has the golden color you would expect from this variety of grape, I think it is exceptionally clear. In fact this was so clear I could read my notes through the glass of wine.
To the nose this Decopas presents bright floral notes with some citrus hints along with a bit of passion fruit mixed in. This wine comes to the pallet with the taste of lime and other tropical flavors provide this wine its crisp clean taste. A few earthy hints add a slight mineral finish.
Generally I am a red wine guy. I tend to gravitate to the dry reds. However, I can honestly report that I really like this white. This Sauvignon Blanc is dryer than many whites I have tasted. This makes it a great choice to serve either with cheese like brie at a party or with grilled fish such as Mahi-mahi for a meal. Also, this would be very refreshing sitting in a rocking chair on a warm summer night on a porch. That may be the best time to enjoy the Decopas Sauvignon Blanc.
The grapes for this Sauvignon Blanc are grown in the Mendoza region of Argentina. This area ranges in altitude up to about 5000 ft. above sea level. This are at the foothills of the Andes Mountains produces the majority of the wine coming out of Argentina today. The altitude and the rich alluvial soils make for near perfect conditions for growing grapes.
Acidity: 7.0 g/l
Average Price: $12.00
Disclosure: This wine was received as a media sample.
The third week of October is a much anticipated time for beer lover’s ale in North Carolina. That is the week Natty Green Brewing Company releases their winter seasonal beer “Red Nose Winter Ale”. Red Nose is really all about the season. This the classic American ale only sweeter than an amber. Lots of caramel malts are balanced with the perfect amount of hops to create a smooth balanced taste. Along with that balance comes the spice profile to present the aroma of the ale. The smells of ginger, orange peel and cinnamon really bring out the thoughts of the holidays and that special meal making the home smell so good.
Red Nose is a rich ale that easily stands up to all the hearty meals of winter Serve it with stews, and roast beef. It would also make a great choice for that holiday meal. Red Nose is produced October thru January.
Red Nose Winter Ale By The Numbers:
From the Mendoza region of Argentina, this Malbec is created with handpicked grapes from a single vineyard. The wine has an aroma of plums and flowers like violets with just a slight hint of vanilla bean. The flavors of plums and raspberries followed by hints of white oak make this a fine wine to serve with grilled salmon or beef.
The Mendoza region where Cigar Box Wine is produced is the largest wine producing region in Argentina. Being on a high plateau at the base of the Andes Mountains, the providence produces about 70% of the countries annual wine production.
This is a good wine, easy drinking. Not to sweet, not to dry.
After seeing these advertised on TV all summer, on impulse, I decided to get on and see if it would work as advertised. I picked one up, on clearance the day I was going to spend on a ladder cleaning gutters. I followed the instructions, soaked it in water, rung out the excess and snapped it three times. I found it did little to cool me off. So doing a little research as I prepared to do this review, I see many people have had a positive experience with this product. From what I gathered from the other comments, if you are trying to use this towel for cooling in a high humidity environment ( like I have in August in the North Carolina) you will not get the same, if any, cooling effect as you would in a drier environment.
I also tried this towel using it as a travel towel for drying off after swimming and for that it works great. It packs small and is light weight and washable and safe in the dryer.
So I am not sure I can recommend it to stay cool but, I will recommend it as a travel towel.
You can purchase the Mission Endura Cool Large Blue Instant Cooling Towel from Amazon using the link below.
This Pinot Noir from the Rickreall Oregon area is fermented is stainless steel tanks, and then pressed in the last days of the fermentation process. As soon as the malolactic fermentation process is complete the wine is racked. A small amount of barrel aged wine is blended in to add complexity to the aroma and balance the flavor.
The Firesteed Pinot Noir is a medium bodied wine. It presents aromas of blueberry, ripe raspberry and pepper. To the pallet the flavors of licorice, cocoa and coffee make a complex and pleasant taste.
The 2012 vintage has won numerous awards including the “Double Gold” at the 2014 Oregon Wine competition and a Gold Award from the 2014 World Wine Championships. These awards along with three silver and two bronze awards at other events around the world show depth of this vintage year. This pinot noir is sweeter than you would expect from a red wine. Balanced Tannins make this a smooth drinking wine. I recommend serving with BBQ pork, duck or beef.
A full-service dining restaurant located at the top (15th floor) of the Contemporary Resort’s tower, formerly the Top of the World restaurant. The California Grill offers views of the Magic Kingdom, the Seven Seas Lagoon, Bay Lake, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, and Disney’s Polynesian Resort. In addition, it offers a view of the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks shows.
Ever since I was a child and an episode of The Wonderful world of Disney that either had a segment of simply an ad for what was the then the Top of the world Restaurant, I want to have dinner here. Finally at the age of 47 I got to make that dream come true. The best part is I got to take my entire family, even my 7 year old. I scheduled dinner so we could be out on the walkway for Wishes, Disney’s Magic Kingdom fireworks show. The walkway has speakers so you can hear the music with the fireworks. Absolutely this will be one of my fondest moments with my children.
So, on the food. We started with appetizers of mussels, flatbread Coppola and a California sushi (which meant it was cooked) all appetizers were delicious and abundant. Even the pickiest of my children said they would order the sushi again and that really does say something. I ordered the beef tenderloin on a risotto base and it was fantastic. Easily one of the best cuts of beef I have ever had. Our youngest had the pizza from the children’s menu and true to Disney form it was perfect for a 7 year old.
When we checked in on the 2nd floor, I had mentioned that we were celebrating our anniversary that night. When we got to our seat it was decorated with little Mickey confetti, then at the end my wife and I got a wonderful desert saying congratulations.
It is expensive, but if I get the chance, I will do it again in a heartbeat.