March 4, 2015

Wine Wednesday

Recently I've cut back on enjoying a glass of wine or a bottle of beer at night or with dinner, mostly because I'm trying to cut back on excess calories and sugar. However, I've found myself missing the ritual of pouring a glass of wine after a stressful day. So I've decided that I'm not going to completely cut out the alcohol; instead I'm switching to quality over quantity. For me it's not about the price of the bottle that constitutes quality, it's a taste that I can savor so that I can really focus on and enjoy one glass of wine instead of two with dinner, which tend to disappear too quickly while eating.

I'm not a wine snob and I don't know very much about vintages and production regions, so my list of favorites is just that - my personal favorites. So with that said, here are a few bottles I'm really loving right now:
181 Merlot / La Crema Chardonnay / Apothic Red 1 // 181 merlot
I first tried this wine at a favorite Memphis restaurants (local gastropub) and it quickly became one that I picked up at the liquor store on a semi-regular basis. It's a California merlot and it's less fruity and darker-tasting (yep, I made that up!) than other merlots I drink, which is why I can really enjoy it on its own. It goes on sale in PA state stores occasionally, so I can sometimes pick it up for about $12/bottle.

2 // la crema chardonnay
This was one of the first chardonnays I ever tried, and I still use it as a strong comparison for other glasses chardonnay. It's also a California wine, and I typically save it for the summer when I want a chilled drink instead of my typical red. I usually find it locally for about $22/bottle. 

3//apothic red
This wine is a red blend (again from California!) that I picked up on a whim after seeing it in Instagram photos, on blog posts and on wine racks at friends' homes. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed its somewhat dessert-like flavor, kind of chocolatey and not too fruity. This is also the cheapest of the bunch at around $10/bottle!

4//piper-heidsieck brut cuvee
A non-California choice! This is a legitimate champagne from France and it's dry enough and fruity enough all at once. I love it because it's less citrusy with more pear and apple flavor, and it definitely deserves to be consumed on its own, not as a mimosa or bellini! It's the splurge of the group at $42/bottle and is usually finished in one sitting (sharing!) as I don't like to lose the delicious bubbles. 

So that's what is occupying space in our wine cabinet right now. What are some other wines I should try?

February 9, 2015

If You Really Knew Me...

I always enjoy reading posts by other bloggers that describe the little details that really make them who they are. You know, not the standard "chevron! iced coffee! fresh blooms!" typical blogger things that it seems everyone loves. So in honor of my new blog design as somewhat of a reintroduction, if you will...

So with that said, if you really knew me, you'd know that...

I've never eaten Taco Bell. And it's not because I don't like fast food, if it wasn't incredibly unhealthy I would eat those salty fries from McDonalds every day. There's really no reason behind it other than why start now?

My favorite article of clothing is my crewneck PSU sweatshirt. I love it so much that I even wore it to my bachelorette party! (Ignore the fact that it was too cold to wear what I had actually planned...)

I'm part hoarder, part tosser. I have a difficult time getting rid of anything the first time I start cleaning and organizing, but the second time around when it's unearthed from storage? Usually right into the trash. This is typical for items like excess kitchenware, old birthday cards and partially used makeup.

I was president of a 400+ member organization in college. This is one of the most exciting parts of my time in college, but sadly, I didn't parlay my time as head of PRSSA into a career. However, I learned so much about what to do (and what not to do) as a leader and I try to take that with me into my current job and volunteering. 

I don't dot my Is when I write. I'm not sure when I gave up on the lowercase I, but it's one of those things that I can't get back now. And it's perfectly okay with me, I don't miss that little dot one bit!

I've had the same pillow liner since I was a child. Yes it gets washed, and no it's not the same actual pillow, just a fuzzy liner. I used to call it pug-o, and it's comforting to have it underneath my pillowcase at night.

So those are a few random tidbits about me - what's something interesting that I need to know about you?

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