maria, lucia and christopher smiling and eating ice cream

Wine for “Almost” Spring/Summer

I’m on a roll now! The weather turned gorgeous this week. I’m feeling a bit more like myself. In this post, a short one for #WineWednesday, I wanted to share my top 5 spring/summer wine choices. Cheers!

  1. Sauvignon Blanc – I enjoy those from New Zealand, although I have enjoyed a few from other regions, as well.
  2. Chablis – I seldom write about this one because it’s rare that I find a good bottle but when I do, wow! I forget how much I love it. My favorite pairing for Chablis is sushi.
  3. White merlot – This one is often overlooked but very enjoyable particularly if you have guests who are not used to drinking wine. It’s essentially a blush, which has wider appeal.
  4. Riesling – Of all the whites, this one is my favorite. I love the German Rieslings and those inspired by that region, particularly the Mosel/Saar River area. Try Hermann J. Weimer from the Finger Lakes region in New York state..
  5. Red blend – Red blends tend to be easy-drinking and often fruit forward, making them ideal for nights by the campfire. You can find inexpensive ones at most local liquor stores, including Lucas Vineyards Tugboat Red and Red Truck wine. Any red blend will do!
  6. BONUS: Champagne/Prosecco – Who doesn’t love a good bottle of bubbly? It makes any ordinary day/evening a real treat!

What are some of your favorite summer wines? Comment below! I love new ideas!


Wine for Workout Friends

As I have mentioned, I belong to a private Facebook group of women who are all on the same workout journey. Train with Lyzabeth’s program comes with exclusive access to this group. At first, I didn’t think I’d participate in it at all. Boy, was I wrong! I think the primary reason I’m still active on Facebook today is my involvement and interaction with this terrific group of women.

First of all, they come from all. over. the. world. Seriously! And, they all have different jobs, backgrounds and lives! Some are going to school, while working and raising families. Some are entrepreneurs, such as one of the group’s superstars, Alicia Mayi, who owns Ali of all Trades.

She recently created a bunch of tanks and tee shirts for the girls in the TWL group to wear at the gym. We’re all from the same tribe even though we’re from all over the world! I purchased a few tanks, as well as a fun t-shirt for my husband. Alicia added a fun surprise to my shipment, as well; a decal of a wine glass that says Wine for All Times!

This is a great example of her thoughtfulness and is illustrative of all the girls in the TWL community. They are supportive, understanding, caring individuals. I’m so glad to have virtually connected with them and look forward to perhaps meeting them someday soon!

When we do, we definitely have to have sparkling wine. I mean, what’s a girl party without bubbly! We could toast our commitment to our own health and whatever else our hearts desire. Some of my favorite sparkling wines are Italian Proseccos and I love a good Cava from Spain, as well.

In fact, writing this reminds me that I want to try some more sparkling wines in the future. I recently read a blog post about Austrian sparkling wine. Hmmm. Maybe my next review? Cheers!

A Wine for a Birthday Party

It’s been a week since my son turned 3; his birthday was April 20. And I’m just getting around to writing about it! He’s my little man with a big personality. Over the weekend, we had a “Stinky and Dirty” birthday party for him with nearly 20 people. The weather was gorgeous and we were able to barbecue on our new deck, which was terrific!

In fact, although the menu was simple – grilled cheeseburgers, hot dogs (Hoffman’s, of course!), potato salad, pasta salad and fruit salad – our guests were thrilled. It was the first summer-like meal of the season so it tasted particularly yummy!

Just before noon, I opened a bottle of Rioja rose wine. In all the party madness, I forgot to take a photo of it to remember what I drank! It was an easy-drinking wine that went well with the food. In fact, it reminded me of White Zinfandel, if I’m being honest, which is a solid summertime wine. There’s something about a blush wine that says party to me (well, that and Champagne, but we didn’t have any of that!).

As for Christopher, he and his cousins enjoyed Capri Sun in the sun. He had an unbelievable haul of presents, too, from a ride-on train to his very own car, and lots of hot wheels and toys in between. A good time was had by all!



Champagne for New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve wouldn’t be complete without a bubbly champagne! As promised, below are some choices for champagne or sparkling wine selections. By the way, true champagne comes from the French region and is normally pretty pricey but most stores carry sparkling wines in the champagne tradition. Or you can always choose a Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) or a Cava (Spanish sparkling wine). When choosing a sparkling wine of any kind, remember brut is dry and normally not as sweet. Keeping that in mind, here are a few of my picks:

  1. Pick a sparkling wine that uses grapes with which you are familiar. Most of the Finger Lakes wineries carry sparkling versions that use the Cayuga white grape, for example. They are affordable and yummy! Just locate the New York section at your local wine or liquor store and you should be able to find some selections. A few I’ve had include Swedish Hill and Dr. Frank’s.
  2. If you would like an Italian version of Prosecco, check out Cupcake Vineyards’ version, which is highly rated even by Rachel Ray!
  3. Cava is a delicious sparkling wine from Spain. It’s not as well-known but it is usually priced right and has a delightful sweetness to it. Check out Wine Folly’s full description on Cava and dare to try one for your celebration!

BONUS: If you have kiddos this holiday, make sure you serve up some bubbly for them, too. I’m planning to make this simple mock champagne recipe from Chef Mom this year. I found all the ingredients at Wegmans, including the unbreakable champagne “glasses” from their seasonal isle!

No matter what you drink this New Year’s, enjoy the moment and reflect on 2016. Remember, a new year is chance to start over and a way to make a fresh start. Make a resolution that you can truly keep. And if you need some inspiration on that front, why not resolve to read more A Wine for All Times? Kidding… Happy New Year, everyone!