Today’s Wine Review

Another night home alone means another bottle of something light. This time it is a Washington State wine from Walla Walla, B. Lovely Late Harvest Riesling, 2014. This is definitely not a wine that Mitch would drink. But if you’re looking for a pretty sweet wine, this is a good choice.

The wine has an alcohol content of 9.2%, so it is pretty light to drink many glasses. The wine was a pale yellow in the glass almost clear. I caught a whiff of beer when I stuck my nose in the glass. I tasted honeysuckle and syrup with my first taste. The wine had a light finish and left an after taste of honey.

It might be a good balance with a fiery hot spicy dish. If all you are looking for is a sweet glass of wine, this is it, but if you want a fuller wine that is still soft and has a nice fruit taste, this one may not be for you. This is not a wine I will buy again, even though it is not terrible, it is not what I’m looking for in a wine.


Today’s Wine Review

Saturday afternoon after spreading stinky compost on some of my newest plant gifts from my neighbor and a shower, I decided I deserved a glass or two of wine. Today’s wine is Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling, a Columbia Valley, Washington white wine. It says it’s a medium sweet wine on the back label and I would agree, it’s a fairly sweet wine, almost an aperitif, but one that would go really good with hot spicy dishes too.

The wine, vintage 2014, was a light yellow color in the glass and had peach and honeysuckle aromas when I stuck my nose in the glass. The wine had pear and pineapple flavors on the tongue and had a nice light finish. The wine is low in alcohol content, 8.5% making it a nice sitting and sipping wine for the summer heat. It is best served chilled. This is a must buy again.

I said earlier I was going to have a glass or two, well I think three glasses are in order. The compost was super smelly and it is awfully hot today.

Today’s Wine Review

While in Kansas City on a recent business trip I had an opportunity to go to dinner with one of my sons along with his wife and children. We went to dinner at a local restaurant that if you live anywhere in the two state region, you’ve either eaten there or have at least heard of it. Strouds is a bit of a legend around there, if you like fried chicken or chicken fried steak along with the fixins’, mashed potatoes and green beans, served family style, then you’ve probably eaten there a time or two. While fried chicken and the crispy fat laden skin is so good, I avoid it like the plague, because if I succumb to my craving I would not stop at one piece of chicken.

Lucky for me Strouds now serves a chicken salad that comes with your choice of fried or grilled chicken, blue cheese, hearts of palm, pimento and artichokes. I get it with the grilled chicken and fat free Italian salad dressing. The salad is large enough to satisfy as an entrée and is very tasty. That way I can justify the cinnamon roll at the end. I am trying to eat better, but I am not going to pass up dessert. Dessert and wine, not going to deprive myself of either one.

The restaurant didn’t have a wine list, they mainly offer beer and cocktails, but they do have a few wines. I chose the Pinot Noir not knowing the name, just that it sounded like a nice choice on a hot evening. The wine was surprisingly good, soft and smooth, with cherry flavors and a medium finish. I asked if I could see the bottle and take pictures of the wine label front and back. The wine, Canyon Road, Pinot Noir, is a California Wine. The vintage, 2015, which also surprised me, because it was so smooth for such a young wine.

I had never heard of Canyon Road Wines, but from what I could find out online, I think I will have a hard time finding a bottle outside of a restaurant. If you are ever in Kansas City and find yourself at Strouds Restaurant, order the Canyon Road wine and let me know what you think.