My first Müller-Thurgau

From VINEBOX, no less, and boy, did it not disappoint at all.

Smooth, fruity, and not so sweet, but mellow enough to enjoy alone.  My friends (in the head) at VINEBOX said it paired well it a good bag of potato chips.  Perfect for a lightweight like me who absolutely *needs* to snack while wining.  I’m getting my hands on some more, because my friends have *got* to try this.

I really wanna admit how obsessed I am with the packaging from VINEBOX and it was bittersweet cracking this guy open.  I have more coming in a few weeks (what did you expect?), so I’m just making room 😁.

Oooooo honey!

Say it with me, now: Sauvignon blanc.
Ok, I know this is one of the wines that can get pretty complex, so I went into it with my mind completely open.  I poured it out, swirled my glass, and spotted some peach in the aroma, amongst something floral.  There was something else I couldn’t quite nail down until I tasted it.  Unmistakably,  it was honey.

Honey is one of the flavors I’ve read about but not yet encountered in the wild.  Of course, finally running to it was exciting for me.  This wine was smooth, and paired well with my dinner (can’t remember what it was).  Another win for the whites from Wine Insiders!

Cantus


So, I poured this one out, keeping expectations pretty low.   I stuck my nose in the glass, and to my surprise, I was met with a first.  Melon! Crisp and refreshing, citrus notes also came thru,  but I got a big juicy helping of cantaloupe right off the bat.  Still, it was light bodied and mellow.

A pleasant surprise,  and a good one for a hot summer day when you’re thirsty as hell.

We have Wine Insiders to thank for this one!

Yum!

IMG_20170807_183642Yanno, I  was starting to get concerned.  I developed a bias towards red wines.  I wondered if I would be able to enjoy a white as much as I have been my reds.

Then, along came this lovely.  Smooth, floral on the nose, peachy and full bodied. Went down easily and I wanna say slightly sweet.  Definitely enjoyed this with my breakfast *ahem* which featured cornbread.  Another white blend that I enjoyed from Wine Insiders!

HB4116

HB4116

There’s a first time for everything…

Big fat welp coming!

So, this is a another Wine Insiders treat, which so far, hasn’t disappointed. I opened this wine with high hopes for my chicken alfredo, but alas, my heart sunk. I sniffed around for vague apple aromas, along with something else.  What that was, was completely lost on me.

I soldiered on, sipping. Dry, almost astringent citrus flavors gave way to the apple I perceived, but then were washed away by that something.  My best guess was that “mineral” flavor I’ve read about before. While it did present an overall crispness that was quenchworthy (just roll with me, I make up words, ok?), This glass of white just wasn’t my cup of tea.

I even went as far as to bake a whole damn apple crumble.  Thinking it might been the food I was pairing it with. Still a no.  I’m just glad I tried. But this crosses Chardonnay from South Africa off my list.

Maybe next time, Trebuchet.

And another one…

We tried another white blend, this time, from France.  Via Wine Insiders, of course.

On first glance, we almost thought it was a rosé.  Once we got the bottle out of the box,  it soon became clear that its a typical white table wine.  Under the screw top, the fragrances were honestly muddled.  It took a few swirls after the initial pour for me to recognize peachy and floral aromas coming up through my glass.  My colleague also noted that there were a few bubbles present, too.  I could feel them on my tongue, which made for a velvety feel.  As far as flavor, it was flat, dry wine.  Not unenjoyable (that’s not a word, but you get what I’m saying), but not the least bit exciting.

We each tried a glass and wrote it off, unimpressed.  I put the cap back on it and left it in the fridge.  The other night, at dinner, we decided to finish it off (these tasting bottles start to add up when you don’t finish them in one sitting ).  On second taste, after chilling more thoroughly, we were able to enjoy this wine even more.

Hence, the importance of serving wines at the right temperature.  I’m well aware that white wine is to be served chilled, however, how chilled is the question.  As someone who does not carry a thermometer around regularly, I have to say I tend to guess at these things.  I thought we were ok with it being a little cooler than room temperature.  I was wrong!

To eye a good temperature on your white wine, make sure the bottle is “sweating;”  there should be a little bit of condensation outside of the bottle and then subsequently on your glass.  It may seem trivial, but it makes a world of difference.

Not only did we find this bottle, once chilled, refreshingly crisp, but it also paired well with some orange juice, making for a satisfying take on a mimosa.

Happy to share all of my experiences, good and bad.  Happy tasting, and don’t forget to chill your bottles first!  

My theory on table wines

In choosing the first wine to review from my brand new box, I decided to go with a table wine by a company called kepe, from Spain.

IMG_20170607_063017

Kepe white blend label

I think the interesting label caught me.

Per the label, this is a blend of two grapes, Macabeo and Sauvignon Blanc.  As a beginner, I don’t automatically gravitate to blends because it’s hard enough trying to nail down flavor nuances in a single varietal, let alone with a few grapes going on.  But, table wines and blends have their place with dinner. They’re still fun to pair with food and add to that culinary experience.  So, when choosing a bottle, if its a “blend,” or a “table wine,”  I tend to allocate it to drink at dinner, as opposed to enjoying it by itself or with a tiny snack.

Now that we’ve gotten that out the way, let’s talk.

HB4116

Kepe White blend with wine glasses

This glass was a typical white wine.  Dry (not sweet), medium-bodied (not heavy on the tongue), and smooth.  As promised, tropical fruit flavors (pineapple, to be exact) came through on the aroma and in the taste.

I had it with dinner, which was shrimp with rice and corn (no pic; it was yummy but weird-looking 😉).  I feel like it paired well.  I was able to enjoy both without one overpowering the other.

In a nutshell, it didn’t knock my socks off, but if you see this guy in your Wine Insiders mystery box, don’t run screaming.  It’s a great drink with a light dinner. 💋💋💋