An Inauguration & Modern House Wines

bottle of go big wine We popped open this bottle of Go Big by Modern House Wines before heading to the inaugural ball for the new D.C. mayor, Muriel Bowser.

Was pleasantly surprised by the slight spiciness and smoothness. Reminds me a bit of mulled wine. And it’s HUGE. Part of Oprah‘s November list of party favorites, this bottle can serve one glass to 10 guests.

Or, two bloggers heading to a celebration. (We only made it through less than half of the bottle.)

A special thank you to my sister, who gifted this bottle to me for Christmas, along with a wine basics class at Capital Wine School. Soon, I’ll be able to better articulate these wine flavors for you. Excitement all around!

Cookies, a New Year & Prosecco

chocolate chip cookies and lunetta proseccoHad a low key celebration with the nephews to usher in 2015. Chocolate chip cookies for all, Lunetta Prosecco for me.

(Not pictured: UNO cards)

I wasn’t a fan of this particular #Prosecco. It was pretty flavorless to me, almost like seltzer water. A lot of fizz, very little flavor. But, like the Green Fin Pinot Noir, it was a cheap grab from my local grocery store. Maybe I shouldn’t have expected much.

Drop the name of your favorite Prosecco in the comments below. I’d like to try some good ones.

Salmon & Domaine Chandon Pinot Noir

domaine chandon pinot noirCelebrating the holidays with one of my Partners In Crime, we savored the last bottle of wine I bought back from Napa earlier this year. A 2011 Pinot Noir from Domaine Chandon (delicious!) with his grilled jerk salmon and peppers.

That is the best Pinot Noir I’ve had, to date, and makes me want to explore others. It was so smooth and mildly fruity.  So easy to drink and went perfectly with the spicy salmon.

Cookies & Pinot Noir

IMG_0975I asked for cookies, he bought back half of 7-Eleven’s cookie aisle. That’s what friends are for.

This 2013 Green Fin Pinot Noir is just okay on its own, and not okay with these cookies (vanilla Oreo’s, lemon creme, or SnackWell’s sandwich cookies). It’s made with organic grapes, picked up from Trader Joe’s and is pretty mild, slighty fruity.

But I’m not one to waste wine…or cookies.

Cookies & Green Fin Pinot Noir

IMG_0975I asked for cookies, he got me a variety. That’s what friends are for.

This 2013 Green Fin Pinot Noir is decent on its own, but not with these cookies. But, I’m not one to waste #wine…or cookies.

This wasn’t the smoothest or most drinkable Pinot Noir I’ve had, but it was a $5 grab from Trader Joe’s.

I’m not on a mini-mission, to find a wine that goes with your common, grocery store cookie. Drop your suggestions in the comment section below.

Orange peel chicken & Sauvignon Blanc

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Today’s pairing is one of leftovers. The rest of today’s lunch, orange peel chicken from P.F. Chang’s, and the remaining 2013 Francis Coppola Sauvignon Blanc from last night. Also, more writing.

The citrus in the sauce goes perfectly with the wine, which is slightly sweet.

It’s hard for me to find a Sauvignon Blanc that I like. I avoid ones from New Zealand, which are too citrusy/acidic for me. But I think I’ve found a favorite in this one.

Update: JQ bought over some  soy garlic wings from BonChon Chicken, which paired even better with this Sauvignon Blanc.

Do you have a favorite Sauvignon Blanc I should try? Leave it in the comments below.