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Chianti Riserva Gaetano D’Aquino 2012

25 May

My mother and I recently went to¬†a movie night fundraiser to watch Mother’s Day. We entered a few raffles and won this sweet bottle of wine that IMG_9309came in a purse specifically for carrying and insulating bottles of wine. So this bottle of Chianti Riserva Gaetano D’Aquino 2012 vintage looks super fancy and super expensive, right? Well it fooled me, too. I learned from Google that it’s like $6 at Trader Joe’s. But jokes on them because it’s actually really frickin’ good wine. This is definitely the best tasting cheapest bottle of wine, especially if you consider it being free since I won it. It has 12.5% ABV and was very complex in flavor, bold but smooth, overall very interesting and enjoyable. I would even recommend this to a beginning wine drinker.

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Wine Munchies

2 Dec

I just got my winter edition of Publix’s Grape magazine and found an interesting tid bit about pairing snacks with wine. They feature suggestions from expert Andrea Immer Robinson, a chef and master sommelier who has appeared on the Cooking Channel. I’m going to show you her suggestions and add a few of my own.

Champagne & Sparkling Wine: Andrea suggests-buttered popcorn/I suggest-sharp cheese and crackers

Sauvignon Blanc: Andrea suggests-tortilla chips and creamy guacamole/I suggest-spinach and artichoke dip with pretzel chips

Chianti: Andrea suggests-cheese straws or parmesan toasts/I suggest-fresh bruschetta

Riesling: Andrea suggests-Asian appetizers, like pre-made mini eggrolls or steamed dumplings with hot mustard/I suggest-smoked salmon and cream cheese topped crackers

Cabernet: Andrea suggests-basil pesto spread on crostini toasts/I suggest-garlic rubbed toast with french onion dip