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.
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.
It’s the holiday weekend and since Mitch has to work I’ve been reduced to drinking alone. And not one to let a weekend go by without wine, I bought a light white wine that I know Mitch wouldn’t like, so I won’t have the guilt of not sharing a good bottle of wine with him. Don’t get me wrong, this wine is a nice wine, just not something he would like.
I opened a bottle of Chateau Ste Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling, vintage 2014 from Columbia Valley, Washington. The wine was a pale yellow in the glass and when I stuck my nose in the glass I could smell a light aroma of pears and apricots. The wine was light on the tongue and not overly sweet as the label would lead you to believe. It was a medium sweet wine, that tasted like pears with an apple finish. The alcohol content was 11% and cost under $10 a bottle, so I didn’t break the bank just to get my wine fix.
Unless you are a staunch dry wine only person, this is a nice light summer wine that is very easy to drink sitting on the patio or deck with good friends or all by yourself. You can find them at http://www.ste.michelle.com.
Happy 4th to everyone and a toast to you all.
Tonight I called my best friend to catch up since she lives six states away, we can’t get together easily. So a phone call has to suffice most of the time. And of course we were both drinking wine, hers a red and mine was a white. I opened a bottle of Radius Riesling, a Washington State wine. I’ve had other varietals from Radius, a red blend and a Cabernet Sauvignon, both of which were very good. So I figured the odds were in my favor finding another winner.
The wine, vintage 2014 had an alcohol content of 11% and cost under $15 a bottle. The wine could almost pass for water; the color was almost colorless in the glass. I could smell honeysuckle and peaches when I stuck my nose in the glass. The wine was soft and smooth with a fruit forward taste, I could taste peaches at first taste and a hint of vanilla on the finish, very creamy with a soft medium finish.
This is a good wine to drink with spicy dishes, the soft slightly sweet taste cooling the heat or all by itself sipping away on the deck or on the phone with your best friend. Since I drink alone more these days, this is a good wine to sit and sip.
I have been very lax in writing about my wine drinking, I have a few excuses, all bad, but I will endeavor to be more timely in tasting and writing about wines. So much has happened recently, we bought a house and moved, finally out of the apartment. Now I have the task of unpacking and getting settled in our new home. At night I unpack boxes and drink wine in the process. That’s what makes it half way tolerable. Now I just have to remember where I put everything.
Last night I opened a bottle of Riesling from Chateau Ste Michelle, a Columbia Valley Washington white wine, vintage 2014. You can find the website at http://www.ste-michelle.com. Chateau Ste Michelle has a lot of different varietals and so far I have not found a wine I didn’t like.
This wine was clear in the glass and had a light lime citrus smell. I could taste peaches and lime, very light and nice. The wine was not sweet and not dry either, but somewhere in the middle. A very clean finish filled with peach notes and a fuller finish than you would think for a Riesling.
I know a lot of people think of Riesling as a sweet wine, but that is not the case all of the time. There are lots different Rieslings out there, some are quite dry and some are very sweet. I’m one of those people that likes both the dry and the sweet Rieslings. This is a wine that goes down so easily you find yourself pouring more than 1 or 2 glasses. At least I did.
This is definitely a wine I will buy and drink again and again, especially since I’m drinking alone a lot these days.
It’s January 4, 2016 and by now most everyone I know has already given up on their New Year’s Resolutions, me included. I lasted almost twenty four hours. I’ve decided to take solace in my failure by drinking more wine. It’s a good goal and one that I can definitely succeed at.
For my first wine of the new year I opened a bottle from Idaho. I didn’t realize it was from Idaho when I bought it. I assumed it was from Washington, oops. That’s what happens when I get immersed in wine shopping. I find bottles of wine that I hadn’t heard of and place them in the cart. Then I get home place them in the rack and forget why I picked it up to begin with.
The wine, Ste Chappelle, Special Harvest Riesling, 2013, from Snake River Valley, Caldwell, Idaho had 11.5% alcohol content. I opened the bottle and poured a glass. The wine was a bright yellow gold color in the glass. I could smell peaches and honey when I stuck my nose in the glass. The wine was smooth and soft and sweet. Not sickening sweet, but definitely sweet. This wine would go great with really hot spicy food, as an aperitif, an after dinner drink in lieu of dessert or something to sip on while I am home alone without my drinking buddy.
This is a nice wine if you like a sweet wine, sometimes.