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April Wine: Chardonnay
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chardonnay will be at the top of my grocery list this weekend. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine is Saturday night... it will be Myself, Stephanie and her mom... I wonder how Chardonnay goes with Carrot Cake...??? Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After the second glass ..... it all goes good with everything . Smile Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is Very True... Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pet peeve: I hate "New Look, Same Taste! OMG!" labels. I don't know why, they just annoy me. So when I saw it on wine, of all things, I almost didn't get it. But I have had other Black Swan stuff before and really liked them, plus I've had good luck with whites from Australia. So I gave it a shot. I'm wicked glad I did.

Name: Black Swan Chardonnay
Price: 7.99
Year: 2006

Short intro from the wine maker about the wine: Nothing.
Review: Smooth and rich, particularly for a white. A fruity taste that lingers, very slightly oaky. Clingy texture (round?), a great balance of sweet and dry, not too much of either. This was really good and for 8 bucks, you can't beat it.
Would you buy again?: Definitely.
Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes: I would drink this with pretty much anything. Seriously.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was sending Jimbo to the store and I knew that I had seen Black Swan so I decided to go with Bob's choice because it sounded good. Oh and yeah, Bob, look, same geeky "new look" label Rolling Eyes

Name: Chardonnay, Black Swan
Price: $7.99
Year: 2006
PHOTO of bottle:


Short intro from the wine maker about the wine: somefin’ ‘bout city lights and hints of pineapple blah blah blah I dunno, I was in a hurry to get my groove on LOL

Review: Very nice, smooth but crisp at the end (if that makes sense). I didn’t get “pineapple”, but more like green apple. I didn’t detect slight oak as Bob mentioned, but it was refreshing. In all fairness, I have been sick the last week or so, so I feel like my taste buds are a bit off.

Would you buy again?: Mmmm maybe, although I tend to favor more "buttery" Chards with more oak.

Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes: Yes, I agree with Bob, I think it would go with pretty much anything. Great for summer! I'm thinking it would be great with garlic-buttered grilled shrimp and a salad with a light vinegrette. (ok, now my mouth is watering) LOL
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: Glen Ellen

Price:
$5.99 for 4 pack/187ml bottles

Year:
there's no year on it

PHOTO of bottle:
Isn't the little bottle cute?


Short intro from the wine maker about the wine:
From the website: Our Chardonnay is medium-bodied, brimming with crisp apples and pears. It's crafted in a way to enhance the typical fruit flavors of the Chardonnay grape.

From the Box: This medium-bodied Chardonnay is made from grapes that are perfectly ripened and harvested at the peak of their flavor. Glen Ellen Chardonnay has pear and butterscotch flavors and a clean, crisp finish.

Review:
Just me today!

Pale yellow.
Smells fruity... apple maybe?
Tastes like wine... alcohol-y... warming sensation after the first swallow
It is crisp. I don't taste pear or butterscotch... maybe apple-y... pineapple-y.
The couple of sips left in the bottle after what I used for my garlic soup made my tongue puckery.

Would you buy again?: Definitely, for cooking.

Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes: I don't know about 'pairing' but it went into my garlic soup... I definitely use it to steam mussels or clams or to put into sauces or gravies.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jon & I picked this one. Why? Cuz it's called Giant 47 Pound Rooster! Duh!!

Name: HRM Rex-Goliath Giant 47 pound Rooster

Price: $7.99

Year: 2007

PHOTO of bottle:




Short intro from the wine maker about the wine:
From the Bottle: Our Chardonnay is like enjoying a day at a tropical beach - bright and sunny, with aromas of pineapple and citrus.

Review:
Pale yellow color

Marguerite (me) ~ Kind of pineapple citrus flavor... not making me puckery... fruity... not like other Chardonnays I've tried that I cook with.

Jon - not bad, almost sour after taste... a little juicy

Ericka - tart but it's not making me hate it

Drew - nice, good wine

Would you buy again?: Yes =)

Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes: This is fruitier than other Chardonnays I've tried and I'd really like to try cooking with it.

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Ericka & Drew brought this one over.

Name: Louis Jadot

Price: $16.00

Year: 2006

PHOTO of bottle:


Short intro from the wine maker about the wine:
From the website: This wine is very fruity (peach, pear and grapefruit), developing white flower aromas as well a slight vanilla touch. With a lot of elegance, it is structured, pleasant and harmonious.

Bourgogne Chardonnay "Les Petites Pierres" will be perfect with "hors d'oeuvres", white meats, poultry, sea fruits, grilled fish and goat cheese. It is best served chilled (10/12°C). After several years, more sophisticated aromas will develop and it will go well with more elaborated dishes.

Review:

Marguerite (me) ~ Smells like wine... I like the other one better...

Jon ~ Not as flavorful as Giant 47 Pound Rooster

Ericka ~ looks like osmium (she uses that to fix lipids in brain tissue).... agrees not as flavorful

Drew ~ likes it better... not floral


Would you buy again?: Probably not

Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes: I'd cook with it... but not for $16.99 a bottle.

So that's it! Well... so far... We'll probably try another one on Saturday night, playing Euchre with Jeff & Whitney... but I also want to introduce Whitney to the Hard Arnold Palmer!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: Columbia Crest Grand Estates
Price: crud...I forget...I think it was on sale for about $10?
Year: 2006



Short intro from the wine maker about the wine: The wine and yeast lees (yeast lees? what is THAT?!) inside each barrel of our Chardonnay is hand stirred once a week during several months of the aging process. This labor intensive winemaking process of inserting a "baton" and stirring every barrel is known as batonnage. This creates a unique richness and creaminess that has become the signature of this Chardonnay and a benchmark for Washington quality. (hmm...there you have it )

Review: Im not much for white wines. Mostly cuz I expect them to be dry. I chose Columbia Crest Grand Estates because I really like their Merlot and I think my mom likes this Chardonnay. I wasn't disappointed. it has a strong aroma and I think I smell grapes (duh?) and hints of citrus? and berries....reminds me almost of strawberries but I'm not really sure. every time I stick my nose in my glass, I smell something different. Shocked It is creamy and very smooth. I'm cant pick out any particular flavors though. but i find it very refreshing (especially after a long day cleaning the house LOL)

Would you buy again?: Yes I would.....I think it would be great during the summer by the pool in the evening.

Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes: I made chicken cutlets for dinner and the recipe called for some wine in the sauce so I used my Chardonnay (killer aroma!! OMG!) so of course it tasted great with dinner. The sauce had basil and dill...and I think the Chardonnay really complimented the basil in the sauce.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danielle: That sounds wicked good. I'll have to keep an eye out for that.
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