Wine for the Weekend

This week felt ‘superunbelievableomgwillthiseverendarewethereyetpleasebetimetogohome’ long!

I have been feeling restless for what seems like a lifetime even though it’s only been a couple of months; like rushing through things or thinking way too far ahead of myself as opposed to just being in the moment. This rather unfortunate situation is known to cause anxiety and stress.

For some reason, this makes me think back to when we lived in a small Northern British Columbia town.  There was a mudslide and the town got cut off from the world for a split second (aka, a few days). People were flying through the grocery store stockpiling milk and toilet paper of all things. Heaven help us if we ran out! How insane is that? At the time though, everyone was just on autopilot; worried about their future ability to drink out of cartons of expired milk and wipe their asses.

It’s not like I even noticed I was doing it (getting ahead of myself, that is) until I started not doing it. The light bulb has gone off and I realise now that it’s going to be O.K. because there’s always powdered milk and leaves (just like camping!).

Does this make any sense at all? I feel like it doesn’t and NO I haven’t been drinking. Having said that, I will share with you what I drank last weekend:

Hardy's

$14 Cdn

I am usually a red wine drinker but sometimes it’s nice to switch it up. This is especially true when the weather has been decent and I’ve been in the garden all day. I like white wine when it is really super frosty cold. This is nice and crisp and a little on the sweeter side. Quite nice!

Wine of the Weekend and Sundry

I have had a cold all week and as a result of my inability to breathe without blowing snot bubbles, my running has slowed to a walk, complete with stopping every five feet so the dogs can smell a telephone pole or rotate themselves into crapping position.

Enough moping. I am so happy the weekend is here! It’s supposed to hit around 22 degrees Celsius (which is about 71 degrees Fahrenheit). This means I will be outside doing one of my favourite things-gardening!

I will also be drinking this (unless I end up switching to a more appropriate crisp, cool white wine):

Win o Clock

$12 Cdn

This is a Canadian wine from Oliver, British Columbia. Medium bodied with some spice and berries. 

On another note, when I took the dogs out for their morning walk, I couldn’t help appreciate these blossoms:

Cherry blossom

I love our early morning walks before everyone else wakes up

Then, on my lunch hour walk around the city, I couldn’t help but notice the striking, deep (almost black) colour of these tulips:

parliament tulips

Finally, I wanted to share some recipes I tried this week. These come from one of my favourite blogs: Eighty-Twenty

Both of these recipes got a thumbs up from my husband and son. They were easy to make and I will definitely be making them again 🙂

Turkey Burgers

Lasagna Stacks

Cheers to the weekend!

Wine of the Weekend

I will spare all the details but will say this: decorating my old ‘new’ home has come to a grinding halt at the moment which is why I found myself sipping this lovely wine while living vicariously through the home decorating shows on TV.

April 29 wine

$14 CDN

My husband picked this one up. I generally try not to let labels influence my wine pics but to be completely honest, they do. I suppose I’m not the only one because it seems to me that companies are always trying to come up with catchy artwork or names for their creations. I digress. Did I mention I love the label on this bottle?

This is a California Zinfandel. It’s got a bit of spice and fruitiness to it. I would say it’s medium to full bodied. Not a bad wine and I think it would go great with a fancy hamburger.

Can I just say that if I had my own wine, I might name it Cardiac. It would be red of course and would full bodied with oak and spice. Oh, and ‘jammy’.

If you were to create your own, what would it be called? What would it taste like?

Move and Wine of the Weekend

Wow, it’s been about a month since I last posted. Why? Well, I have been fortunate to finally move my family from one beautiful location to another. We moved from the boonies to try our luck at city living. It’s been about 2 weeks and let me tell you…I LOVE LOVE LOVE the city living although I’m sure I’ve put on the poundage now that I am closer to all these wonderful little eateries. There is one just 3 doors down from us. Dear me.

grand central

My Grand Central Station Clock…because that’s what life feels like right now

view at the window

The view from my ‘new’ front window

Not only did we move to the city, we downsized considerably and went from a new home to a 1938 heritage home. I’m crossing my fingers it’s not haunted (because I’m superstitious like that). So far so good. We also decided to renovate right away and I think the joke is on me because the more I think about it, the more I think the basement reno is turning into a ‘man cave’. Our house is still not unpacked because of the renos and I’m impatient. Great mix. I will be sure and share some before and after pics.

Throughout this adventure, I can’t help but share with you my wine of this weekend. This one’s more on the full bodied side. I actually like it quite a bit and would buy it again.

wine in April

$16 CDN

Fruity with a touch of spice  

Cheers to the weekend:)

Are you superstitious too?

Wine of the Weekend

I usually post everyday but unfortunately this week, I came down with EBOLA. Self diagnosed of course, but I’m pretty sure that’s what it is. Instead of whining, I will share my wine pick this weekend. I didn’t drink this weekend-well nothing awesome but this was one I enjoyed awhile back:

Naked Grape

$10 CDN

Unoaked, full bodied red. A friend brought this over when we had an impromptu cocktail party (which is an extremely rare occurrence on my part) but I didn’t open it until sometime later. This wine wasn’t not too bad. Might I add that my hubby also thought it was a good drink? This is a good wine to take to someone’s house if they invite you for a casual party/bbq. I think it would appeal to most red wine drinkers.

Hope you are having a great weekend 🙂

Wine of the Weekend

This weekend, I am sharing my non-sommelier and unrefined opinion about a few wines I had the pleasure of trying over this weekend and last.

Thornhill

$18.00 CDN

I tried this wine while out for dinner. I have it in my head that I don’t generally like Pinot Noir because it’s too light. Then trying one like this, I realise I’m mistaken. It was very good! Yes, it’s light in colour but it’s medium bodied with lovely fruit and oak. Thornhaven winery is located in Summerland which is in the interior of the province of British Columbia (about 5 hours from where I live). It’s very cold and dry in the winter and in the desert like in the summer. A beautiful place to visit, with a number of wineries to tour.

Next up:

Johnny Q

$11.00  CDN

I tried this one while on the Whistler trip and wanted something to share with the ladies while lounging in our condo after a hard day of skiing and spa treatments. I know.  It’s an Australian wine; full bodied with cassis, vanilla and oak. A very smooth wine.  For the price? I’ll be buying this one again for sure.

Finally:

Nederburg

$ 12.00 CDN

I bought this one to share with my book club. It was my turn to host which meant putting together a spread, wine and questions about the book (Life of Pi). This is a South African wine. Full bodied with cherry, blackcurrant and oak. The ladies loved it and asked what it was, how much and where it came from. Did I mention I get stage fright when trying to find wines that I think everyone will like? Note to self, this one’s a winner!

Last but not least:

Johnny Q

Mini orange cheesecakes

Yes, I’m aware that these are not perfectly shaped. Has that ever stopped anyone from trying a cheesecake? I think not. They were easy to make and everyone like them.

A note about the book club:

Everyone brought their book to review and there I am without it. Last weekend, when transporting my luggage from our trip back into my car, I put my Kobo reader on the back or another vehicle’s bumper and promptly forgot about it. It was about two days later I realised what I’d done. What can I say? Hopefully someone found it and will enjoy it as much I did.

😦

Wine of the Weekend

This weekend we received an invitation to a mystery wine tasting party. We were asked to bring a bottle of wine each; anything we wanted, and cover the label. My husband knew which wine he wanted to bring right away:

apothic red wine

$18.99

This past Christmas, a friend brought this wine over for dinner. My husband has been dreaming about it ever since. It is a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet-everything but the kitchen sink is in here so I think it appeals to a lot of tastes in some way, shape or form.  It’s on the sweeter side and the tastes of chocolate and vanilla are very evident.

My wine choice was based purely on the fact that it is my maiden name:

robertson wine

$11.99

I hadn’t tried this wine and frankly, apart from the last name, I didn’t much care for it. It was very light and fruity which surprised me because as a Cabernet I was thinking it would be somewhat medium to full bodied. Interestingly enough, it got the highest marks from everyone.

It was a fun bunch of people and a great way to host a party because it really had us all mingling to make sure we sampled everything.

Hope you are having a great weekend. I don’t see a cloud in the sky and it looks like a perfect day to get a run in. Cheers 🙂