Hi fellow Grape Juice Mom’s!
I had a blast tasting wines with you on Sunday afternoon!
For everyone who completed a survey, I have e-mailed you your results and included details about the wines below.
If you are interested in joining me for my 52 Weeks of Wine “Training Plan” – just jump on in and post your results and thoughts with the hashtags #52WeeksOfWine and #GrapeJuiceMom !
Additionally, if you are looking for any other wine recommendations for the holidays, or any other occasion (like Wednesday nights), send me a message and I’d love to help!
-Jen, Grape Juice Mom
Wine #1: Chandon Brut, Napa Valley, $17.99
As I discussed last night, this is a great wine for a pre-dinner toast! I wouldn’t recommend it with orange juice for mimosas because it is a quality sparkling wine and you will lose a lot of the great flavors by diluting it.
Wine #2: Decoy by Duckhorn Chardonnay, Sonoma County, $16.99
It’s always nice to have a classic balanced-oak Chardonnay for traditional dinners and holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. This wine wasn’t as well-loved as I had hoped, so I would recommend talking to Chan’s about what they would suggest. I did not want to feature multiple La Crema wines, however they do have an amazing Chardonnay!
Wine #3: La Crema Pinot Noir, Monterey, $16.99
I suspected this wine would go over well and it definitely did! I personally think this is THE WINE for a “feast-like” meal. It’s light and fruity and it will not make you feel overly stuffed. I think it’s a very reasonable price point for a special occasion and I hope you’ll pick it up to share with your guests!
Wine #4: Bear Flag Zinfandel, $27.99
Now we’re getting more into some of the specialty wines. Typically, zins are much more full-bodied, fruit-forward and bring in some tanins that are usually either loved or hated! The Bear Flag Zin did well on the ratings. If the price point is a little too steep for you, let me know and I can recommend some other great full-bodied red wines for your enjoyment!
Wine #5: Miles Madeira Rainwater, $19.99
This Miles Madeira Rainwater had a mix of responses, to say the least! Dessert wines are definitely an acquired taste but are quite traditional around the holidays. If you think you may have a guest that enjoys a dessert wine, this would be a fun one to share as it is more exciting than a port and it’s definitely at an affordable price point. If you do purchase it and share, I’d love to hear your guests response!