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Wine Recommendations from a Thrillerchick

Filtering by Tag: Whites

Punch Up Spring Brunch with These Zesty Wine Pairings

J.T. Ellison

Photo Credit:  Wine Enthusiast

Photo Credit: Wine Enthusiast

Ahh, spring. Warm breezes, tender greens, and switching from heavy reds to lighter, delicate whites. 

Amy's favorite (!).

It's been a while since we've had lighter fare at brunch, but worry not: Wine Enthusiast has a review of zesty pairings that'll make your spring flavors sing.

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Barefoot Moscato

J.T. Ellison

by Amy

First kiss, first car, first love. We all have a fondness for our firsts, don't we?

Barefoot Moscato was the first wine I ever had. My gateway drink, if you will. 
 

And it's a good first drink for timid drinkers because, um . . . it doesn't seem to have much alcohol.

Fresh out of college, my friend Amy and I sat by each other at our first corporate jobs (Ok, so maybe the affection for firsts might end at "first corporate job." *shiver*). Every so often, Amy and I would meet for wine nights, where we would soothe the wounds from said corporate jobs. But as recent college grads, Amy and I had to be deliberate about our wine choices because we were (1) broke and (2) drinking amateurs who only preferred fruity beverages. Between the two of us, Amy and I would down a whole bottle of Barefoot Moscato over the course of an evening, feeling very grown up for discussing our work problems while cupping a wine glass. But instead of feeling the warm buzz of alcohol, we . . . well, we wouldn't feel a thing. Oh well.

Neither of us are still in the corporate jobs, thank goodness. And while the Moscato didn't get us hammered, it was a fine vehicle for conversation, so I think it did its job quite nicely. I can't look at a bottle without fondly thinking of wine nights with Amy.

If you have a sweet tooth, I'm betting you'll enjoy Barefoot's Moscato.
 

Why? It's very sweet—Amy and I called it, affectionately, "the Kool-Aid of wine." It's sweet, fruity, refreshing, and when your glass runs out, you'll just want more. 

And another thing: it's pretty cheap, too! (I mentioned we were broke, right?) You can find it here for $7.99. Try pairing it with a light dessert, but honestly? It's good on its own, too.


Proudly declare that you are also a purveyor of "the Kool-Aid of wines." #guiltypleasures

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Gnarly Head Chardonnay

J.T. Ellison

By Amy

Sometimes I just want an old reliable, a solid standby I can order just about anywhere with just about anything. In recent years, chardonnay has fit that bill for most white wine lovers (for good reason--its balanced flavors can go with everything), and yours truly is not excluded.

So what's my nice, economical go-to?

I'm a fan of Gnarly Head. This chardonnay offers heady flavors of citrus and pear and a touch of vanilla. I can cook with it and pour myself a glass to drink while I prep, knowing I'll be fully satisfied with the results of each experience.

Pick up a bottle for only $9.99! (though, PS, I can usually find it on sale at my local wine merchant)

Spread the word: everybody needs to have a go-to white wine!

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Would you like some wine with that bodice-ripper?

J.T. Ellison

By J.T.

How many of you have ever sat at work, dreaming of a date with your book of the moment and a bottle of vino?

*raises both hands*

Well well well. My publisher, Harlequin, has decided to make a lovely marriage of these two wonderful things and has launched their own wine label.

Yes. Yes they did.

In a partnership with the northern Californian winery Vintage Wine Estastes, these Harlequin wines are available exclusively on Amazon. You've got your choice between a Chardonnay, a Cabernet Sauvignon, and a little red blend whose tasting notes read "strawberry jam, ripe blackberry, cherry cola and a nice kick of spicy black pepper." Uh, YUM. 

And look at those labels—such a great throwback to vintage Harlequin covers, and sexy to boot. You should totally bring one of these $14.99 bottles to book club. You would be super popular.

We'll give you a full report once we've ordered and sampled these, but wanted to give you the heads up!


Don't deprive the people of what they wantthe world needs to know about Harlequin Wine!

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Augey White Bordeaux

J.T. Ellison

By Amy

On a rainy Saturday night in September, I found myself in a situation familiar to all over-achievers: I was the first of my party to arrive at the restaurant. What's the best thing to do when you're waiting on the others? Why, peruse the wine list, of course! Never one to waste time, I grabbed the list and scanned, looking for something new to tickle my fancy, when I spotted my poison for the evening.

White Bordeaux? I thought. Hmm. . . 

I wasn't disappointed. This Augey White Bordeaux is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon with fresh aromas of citrus, apples, and a hint of lemon grass—it's not too sweet, either. It's a lovely pairing with chicken, fish, and goat cheese, and a steal for only $7.99 per bottle.

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Barefoot Riesling

J.T. Ellison

By Amy

Sometimes you just need a good, cheap wine. You really do. Whether it's Tuesday night and you've hard a hard day, or your friend calls with a frantic holy-crap-can-you-bring-the-wine? to a party, Barefoot Riesling is a good, crowd-pleasing staple that won't break the bank.

A sweeter white with hints of orange blossom and apple, this puppy retails for only $6.99 (though I frequently find it for $5!).

 

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Starborough Sauvignon Blanc

J.T. Ellison

By Amy

I (Amy) was at an outdoor wedding a few weeks ago in early September. And I have never sweated so much in such fine, formal clothing.

I can't fault the bride: growing up, the calendars and decor surrounding September featured hay bales, crisp leaves, barrels of apples, and light jackets. But, reality check: the weather in Tennessee is so precarious that it takes more than a little wishful thinking for a September Saturday to be anything but scorching. 

So when you find yourself baking in the middle of a 95-degree pasture, you pray for something, anything decent at the bar during the reception. And this wine surpassed my expectations. Surprisingly refreshing, the crisp, green notes of citrus and pear complement each other quite nicely. This would work fabulously with any fish, chicken, or a light cheese.

The list price for this Sauvignon Blanc is $15, but I consistently find it for $11-$12. Try a bottle—it isn't cold yet, people!

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Maso Canali Pinot Grigio

J.T. Ellison

By Amy

When I (Amy) had this wine alongside some amazing tasting plates at Little Octopus in Nashville, the first word that came to mind was crisp. The flavors in this wine sing, especially when paired with soft, salty burrata and pickled nectarines. With citrus and floral notes, the latter of which isn't overpowering at all, this is a fine wine to pair with a light summer dinner.

A lovely buy at $24.99.

 

 

 

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Kris Pinot Grigio

J.T. Ellison

By Amy

Nope, your eyes don't deceive you: we're talking white wine today, people!

Light and refreshing with enticing aromas of acacia flowers, citrus, tangerine, this pinot grigio is enhanced only by its hints of apricots, almonds, and honey. 

Pick up a bottle for $12.99, and pair it with something light, like grilled mahi mahi tacos. A delicious way to cool off in the summer!

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