Boy do I have a delightful little snack for you today. I’m honored to have such a knowledgeable wine expert in one of my sponsors, Rachel. Today she teaches us that expensive wines DON’T equal better tasting. I have a feeling she’s going to make you run to the nearest store!
Hi there, Northern Belle Diaries readers. I’m Rachel from With Love, Rachel . When I heard about Lisette’s new Sunday Tastings series, I had to pounce on that opportunity right away.
You see, wine is sort of a passion of mine. Back when I was in grad school, I waited tables in fine dining, and part of the job included on-going training and tasting to increase our wine knowledge– I know, terrible, right?! But one thing that stuck out to me was when a sommelier coached us out of any wine snobbery by explaining that expensive wines are not necessarily better. Every person’s palate is different, and what might taste phenomenal to me might taste awful to you. That doesn’t mean that one of us has more sophisticated taste, it just means that that wine isn’t for you.
I love that. Part of what makes wine so fun (aside from the obvious side effects) is experimenting with different wines to find what you really like. Don’t ever feel intimidated by wine snobs– their snobbery shows how little they actually know!
So I have a couple of my faves to share with you today. I love that they’re both reasonably priced, unpretentious wines that you can find at Trader Joe’s (if you’re lucky to have one near you).
For white wine lovers, I have Alexander & Fitch’s 2009 California Chardonnay.
It seems to me that people either love or hate Chardonnay, and I get it. The really oaky ones can especially be off-putting, but this one is a very smooth, fruity Chardonnay. It has a lovely creaminess and hints of peach and vanilla. This one is almost dangerous for me, because it is so light and easy drinking that I could easily lose track. It’s only $6.99, so it’s definitely worth giving it a try!
I think that it especially pairs nicely with a Pandora Salad. :)
The second wine I have for you is a red. I have to confess that I was originally drawn to Tribunal 2011 North Coast Red Wine because of the label– on the side it reads:
“Delightful!” said Fox.
“Superb!” said Unicorn.
“Glorious!” said Dog.
To this, Judge Cat rose his glass and said, “All shall be free and great wine will be served!”
I mean, I was already hooked before I opened it.
This wine is a medium-bodied red with hints of plum and berries, and a little dark chocolate on the finish. It has really soft tannins, so it won’t leave you feeling all puckered the way a big Cabernet might, and it’s high in alcohol (15.1%) so you will definitely feel cheerful when drinking this one.
At $9.99, it’s definitely a bargain.
When I first bought this wine, I also discovered triple cream brie cheese with wild mushrooms, and the combination of Tribunal wine with the brie was perfection
I could seriously geek out for hours about wine (or at least until I fall asleep from a few too many glasses)! Thanks for having me, and feel free to stop by With Love, Rachel any time!
Well, there you have it folks! A quick, easy and fun little lesson on wine from a professional wine drinker! If you haven’t tried these wines before, will you? I know I definitely will! Thanks, Rachel!