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Month: October 2015

Flexible Festivities: Govino

The other evening, I was blessed with the opportunity to participate in a virtual wine tasting party hosted by HipLatina, San Antonio Winery, HotelTonight and Govino Wine Glasses.

courtesy of govinowine.com

courtesy of govinowine.com

It was a lot of fun and one of the faster paced parties I think I’ve ever attended! San Antonio Winery which is based in the middle of Los Angeles supplied the wine for us virtual tasters. I’ll post about them later . . . the Riboli Family of San Antonio Winery knows how to make lovely wine. However, Govino supplied the party glasses! These party glasses are definitely special.

 

Govino is a “go anywhere Wine Glass”. It’s shatterproof, reusable and recyclable. I have to admit, plastic wine glasses aren’t always my first choice but I really like these.  They are dishwasher safe so you can use them over and over. Plus, recyclable so it makes it easy to be a good steward of the resources God’s blessed us with by tossing them in the bin to be remade into something useful . . .  like another Govino wineglass! Being shatterproof, you can take them along with you into the wilderness or host a 50th Anniversary party with 500 guests and not have to worry when the festivities get more lively than you might have planned.

 

I did a little browsing of their website to see how their glasses are different from all the other plastic ware out there. Govino states the quality of their glasses is based on the material they are made from: “All Govino products are made from a flexible, BPA free polymer, which properly showcases all types of wines, beers, and spirits.” (govinowine.com)

 

Govino wineglasses nestled with care.

Govino wineglasses nestled with care.

Well the shatterproof and flexibility claim was tested. Not intentionally. But since I live with four teens blessed with curious minds, things happen.  After washing the glasses, I left them on the counter till it was time to open the wine and my daughter, unbeknownst to me, started playing with them. Let’s just say, these glasses are definitely flexible despite being practically crystal flute thin and they do stay strong even when a teenager pretends to make them talk to each other. I freaked when I came back into the kitchen and caught her demonstrating their squeeze ability to her sister with an impromptu  puppet show.  Fortunately, everything, meaning me, calmed down a bit once the wine was poured! The glasses are really light which made me nervous about being able to hold onto them  or spilling wine on the carpet but there’s a built in finger indention perfectly placed for an easy hold so you don’t drop your wine. My husband loved this feature!

The next test was how the wine glasses interacted with the actual wine. Diama Rose Prosecco was poured first. The bubbly dry proscecco was tinged with light fruit and very enjoyable. The plastic acted like glass and didn’t interfere with the taste or aroma.

Diama Rose Processo pairs well with Govino

The second wine was Stella Rosa Black, a low alcoholic fizzy blend that smelled like blackberry jam and tasted semi-sweet with dark fruit. The plastic acted like regular crystal and showed off the deep color.

Stella Rosa Black

Stella Rosa Black

 

Well thanks to Govino, I now have great outdoor party or large family gathering wine glasses that look elegant while still respecting the wine and the environment!

The holidays are practically upon us and I’m ready. Cheers!

 

 

Govino gifted me with the glasses and I’ve received no other compensation for enjoying them. Opinions are most certainly my own.

Rumble’s Wine Wednesday View

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Rumble lives in the kitchen and is privy to all the bottle openings. He loves to sing, hide under the living room lazy-boy and eat fried chicken. And now his latest hobby is keeping track of the eclectic wines we open each week. There’s no scientific or technical reporting for each bottle. Each one is on the Rumble system: 1-5 Grapes. Enjoy! 

 

October. The month that connects late summer and the festive holiday season. It has always been and will forever be my favorite. The Lord truly blessed us with a beautiful way to transition from hot summers to cold winters. I love fall  because of it’s vibrant colors, sweatshirt weather, college football, fall foods, and deep blue Oklahoma afternoon skies. However, this one has been flashing by faster than the leaves can go from green to red to brown but we’ve still found time to open a few wines.

 

As in tree stump?

Paying Homage to the aussie invention: the Stump Jump Plough

 

The Stump Jump  Red 2011 McLaren Vale

  • 46% Grenache, 39% Shiraz, 15% Mourvedre
  • Grapes are mostly old bush vines
  • Produced by the Osborn family at d’Arenburg
  • Affordable  $11 with 14.6% alcohol
  • Label contains an eye chart to check your wine eyesight

Definitely need my wine eyes checked more often. Life has been so incredibly busy for October that I honestly forgot to take any decent notes. The Stump Jump was opened at the end of a day spent cramming too many activities into too few hours.  We ploughed through this red with gusto. The winemaker might argue with me on my lack of descriptors but I do remember raspberry and the impression of a spicy long finish. Rhubarb and white pepper where unearthed while herbs sprung up with chalky tannin.  It was ok and it brought a calming  end to the crazy day. Well done on the invention too! Rumble gave it 3 grapes.

 

Lovely french blanc

Lovely french blanc

Cote Mas Blanc Mediterranee 2014

  • 35% Grenache Blanc, 25% Vermentino, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Fourth-generation vintner Jean-Claude Mas
  • 13% alcohol
  • Grapes vinified separately and fermented in stainless steel tanks for 3 weeks

The first few weeks of the month were lived  in an Indian Summer of warmer temperatures and sunshine so the Cote Mas Blanc was perfect for pretending summer was still around.  This blanc was an easygoing blend of citrus, grapefruit with hints of tropical fruit and really balanced acidity. It had weight for a summer wine drunk in the middle of Autumn. Beauty in and out of the bottle. Rumble gave it 4.5 grapes.

May your October wine Wednesday be blessed with an a vibrant, colorful bottle! Cheers.

 

A Few Questions for Okie Wine Girl:

Courtesy FreshPics by Zazzle

Courtesy FreshPics by Zazzle

Where do you hail from?

I’ve lived in Oklahoma for several years now . Hence, my handle “Okie Wine Girl.” It’s a great place for my sweetie and I to raise our brood of children and since it’s centrally located we can be on the East coast to surf and shop or the West coast to wine & dine in the same amount of time. It’s a win/win!

 

How did you get interested in wine?

Well, funny you should ask that! My first foray into wine was learning to cook new, fresh, healthy or visually delectable recipes. Surprisingly, a lot of them used wine or suggested a very intriguing wine pairing. Next thing I know, I’m cooking and drinking it.

Do you know anything about wine?

A little bit. I’ve had the opportunity to go to a few wine tastings.  I’ve read a few wine books, wine blogs, and I love following online wine chats. Oh, and drinking from all types of vineyards.  There is a wonderful little wine shop where I live that actually employs a sommelier who has guided, suggested, informed and encouraged my wine selections.

What do you do in your spare Time?

 Spare time. You know a wise mentor once told our group of  wiser, in-the-know college gathering that this was the most free time we would have in our lives. He smiled and said take advantage of it. Of course, he was quickly dismissed since he quipped this nugget of wisdom during finals week. Now I have learned that indeed it was my supererogatory season of life. I mourn my youthful foolishness. Oh well. What’s done is done so now when not keeping the kids alive, I run to fill the time. Or read. Or any number of things the LORD brings my way.

If you could be any varietal  . . . ?

I live by the motto, “Favorites are the ones with you in the moment.” (I made that up.)  All are welcome here *wink*. Now, let’s get out there and taste the world!

 

Okie Wine Girl

Okie Wine Girl

 

Rumble’s Wine Wednesday View

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Rumble the Guinea Pig Somm

Rumble lives in the kitchen and is privy to all the bottle openings. He loves to sing, hide under the living room lazy-boy and eat fried chicken. And now his latest hobby is keeping track of the eclectic wines we open each week. There’s no scientific or technical reporting for each bottle. Each one is on the Rumble system: 1-5 Grapes. Enjoy! 

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Pannonica Red Blend 2013

This is an Austrian Cuvee made from 40% Blaufrankisch (try and say that five times!) and 35% Zweigeit (bless you! Kleenex?) and 25% Pinot Noir.  It’s blackberries and spice and soft tannins. It sings a soft Austrian song.  For $10 it’s worth a try. Rumble gave it 3 grapes because it was more like the echo of a song than a true song.

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Trapiche Oak Cast Malbec 2013

Berry filled and spicy and a true Malbec. It comes from Mendoza, Argentina. Strong and lovely plum, black cherry and pepper with a chewy finish. Another affordable quaff: $11.  Rumble gave it 4.5 grapes for a wine worthy of his homeland.

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Napa Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Light, very light, pear, pineapple and a hint of melon. Almost watery.  For the price, $13.99, sadly a Napa Valley let-down. As a Sauvignon Blanc it lacked the traditional characteristic crispness. There were no classic limes, clovers, or passion fruits. Perhaps, this is what the Apostle Paul meant when he told Timothy to mix a little wine with his water.  Oh well, you win some, you lose some. Rumble gave it 2 grapes.

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Chateau Julien Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Central Coast California. Chateau Julien brings back the nostalgic Cabernet fruit bombs of the 1990s. Heady, rich and thickly flavored with berries and soft tannins. This needs a meaty dish of beef to pair back the sweet. Overall, a nice pick for $11.  It’s da-bomb, baby! Rumble? 3 grapes.

 So get out there and try something new! And happy Wine Wednesday.

Coming to America: Turkish Wine

“For us as wine drinkers, we expect there to be a plethora of wines available to us wherever we shop. But how exactly does it all happen? What does it take to introduce new wine regions to winelovers in the US and build a category from the ground up? What does it take to create a Turkish wine category where there wasn’t one? Persistence, dedication and a forward-thinking team of wine professionals!” – Tina Morey, Protocol Wine Studio 

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Any opportunity to travel aboard is always welcome in my world. However, the current state of our household puts the kibosh on jetting off to exotic locations for the moment. And let’s face it, we all have bucket lists with dream places that would require either winning the lotto or becoming a travel journalist in order to visit. The only option left is a lovely and exotic bottle of wine. As a wine drinker and consumer, I often experience a far away land by enjoying the fruits of their vines in lieu of a stamp in my passport.

If you’ve read any of my posts, you’ll know I’m a home-schooled wine student and I often follow #Winestudio by @ProtocolWine to further my education. Well, this month on the #Winestudio the discussion is about one of the oldest cosmopolitan countries on the Mediterranean whose history alone could fill libraries: Turkey.  It nurtures some of the oldest wine producing regions in the world and is well known through the evangelistic efforts of the apostle Paul. And yet despite it’s  prestigious resume, Turkish wine has been keep under wraps to western wine drinkers. That is until now.

Thanks to the efforts of Olga and Shane Rai of VinoRai –  Importers of Quality Turkish Wines, many of us wine lovers will have a chance to try and possibly fall in love with the wines of Turkey.

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Just think, ancient history, delicious indigenous grapes, and the beautiful regions of Izmir, Cappadocia  and Anatolia in a glass. No passport required.

 

P.S. Through the generosity of @ProtocolWine I’ll have a chance to experience Turkish wines without even leaving the plains of Oklahoma.  Visiting Turkey would check off a place on my bucket list but tasting is the next best thing. I’ll let you know what I discover and remember opinions are all my own.  And if you live in Montana or Washington D.C. go and get a bottle of Turkey’s finest wine and let me know what you think.

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