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A Wino’s Wine List: Part 2

You know what goes well with Wednesday? A wine list! Turns out a wine list also  goes well with remodeling seeing as how we’ve managed to acquire a few new favorites in the last three weeks over here. Since we started Project Snow Job (aptly named because as you well know if you’ve ever remodeled – one task quickly prompts another one you didn’t see coming), I have made a point to keep track of the wines I’ve been enjoying whilst dining on our beautifully executed new flooring – golf claps to my winemaker. There have been one or two disappointing ones as well (wines, not winemakers) but I won’t mention those because I try to only share lovely things that don’t make me sob over money calories wasted on bad wine. And to be fair, not all wines taste delicious paired with fresh paint and air compressor dust clouds.

A Wino’s Wine List: Part 2

(For Part 1, check out this post.)

  • Weingut-Heinz Riesling Hochgewachs
From the Rheinhessen region
From the Rheinhessen region

My niece got to spend the first month of her summer in Germany and upon her arrival back home she greeted us with some wine from her travels. I was very excited to try it but also a touch skeptical about German Riesling, only because I had anticipated it’d be syrupy-sweet. I should know better than to judge, especially since we make an off-dry Riesling ourselves. And the Germans do know Riesling. This one was light, dry (not super sweet) and sparkling-like. It went well with fireworks on the 4th of July during 100 + temps. And then the following week it went perfectly with a dinner-time picnic in our front yard (which consisted of store-bought sushi) while our house was in the initial phase of Let’s-Tear-Stuff-Down-And-Not-Get-Tetanus-While-Doing-It.

  • Charles Smith Boom Boom Syrah
Photo Credit: johan-p.blogspot.com

This one’s actually not new to us. This is the second bottle of wine my winemaker and I bought at a restaurant back when we were dating (if you’re curious about the first bottle we had together you should ask him, he likes that story). We enjoyed it then and we buy it often as our go-to “cheapie” Syrah. Not that it’s Trader Joe’s cheap, but the price point is accessible for sure. This time we drank it with grilled-everything and paint in our ears.

  • Rodney Strong Sauvignon Blanc
Photo Credit: kitchendoesnttravel.com
Photo Credit: kitchendoesnttravel.com

You may know by now that we’re not huge white wine drinkers, but we do enjoy them now and again. It was HOT the week we brought this out. Honestly I could have poured the entirety of the cold bottle over my head and called it a day. Again, completely doable price point and goes well with homemade fish tacos while day dreaming about walking into Home Depot and actually getting some friggin’ help next time.

  • 2013 Fortuna Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Photo Credit: Cellartracker.com
Photo Credit: Cellartracker.com

You know me and my subscription services. I even subscribe to one that sends wine picked out according to my taste profile. “Yah Crystal, that’s called a wine club.” And you’re right, except it’s more than that. Tasting Room is an online service that will send you an initial tasting kit where you’ll rate each wine you receive (it’s super cute – little mini bottles that really should go in my purse for emergencies) and from there you’ll be sent 6 or 12 bottles (your choice) every 3 months (or every other month if you chose) of wines the folks running the wheel think you’ll love. I was admittedly a cynic but was very happy with my commitment when we opened this first bottle of red. And the kicker: Each wine averages about $12/bottle before shipping. Want a free tasting kit to try it out? Tell ’em I sent you by using this referral link.

And if you’re curious, here are a few pull quotes from my red wine taste profile:

You like wines with substance and depth. Wines worth contemplating. (Odds are, you prefer PBS to TLC.) Whatever the grape, you enjoy a red wine you can chew, regardless of fruitiness, earthiness or body.

You like …

… wines that are red, first and foremost. From there, they need to show a range of flavors, offering depth and complexity, rather than display a single characteristic. The more nuanced, the better.

How to order wine …

I like big, fruit-driven Cabernet and Malbec, but also lighter, earthy Côtes du Rhône reds. Light, fruity Pinots aren’t my thing.

Where you’ll find great value
for the money …

Malbec from Argentina should be your stand-by value wine. When you want to make a French connection, head to the Côtes du Rhône.

Photo Credit: Cellartracker.com
Photo Credit: Cellartracker.com

Here’s another Tasting Room find. This is actually the first wine we drank on our new floor, so it makes sense that this wine tasted just right, as its description on my account profile reads: “Elegantly structured and beautifully balanced.” The wine is, too. I hope you don’t just come here for the jokes…

  • Russell Creek Syrah

Russell Creek.jpg

We actually ordered a case of this off the Russell Creek website a while back based on our friends’ recommendation (and the winery was having a big wine sale, which I’m a sucker for). It didn’t disappoint with it’s lovely oakey-ness (which I’m also a sucker for). The even better news: We’re headed to Walla Walla wine country in October and looking forward to hitting this place up in person with our friends. You know, because it’s “research.” Pretty sure we paired this with a juicy helping of “It’s Friday!”

If you have any wines you’ve been loving this summer, do tell!

A Wino’s Wine List

I’m enjoying these cooler mornings in Boise and the smell of Fall lurking around the corner, my favorite time of year. There’s something about the season’s vibe that gives me more energy, which translates into better workouts.

This morning I took to the greenbelt with my little man and our neurotic doodle (Eddie – part retriever, part poodle, part hyper-sensitive spaz). Consider this my Day 3 check-in with the 30 Day Challenge (here’s the scoop if you’re totally confused).


I brought my Gymboss timer along with us so I could do intervals, my favorite way to tackle running. If you’re looking to burn fat, you’ll want to include intervals as part of your cardio training. Chronic steady-state workouts (running at the same pace the entire time) won’t give you the same results.

Today my intervals were set to include 2 minutes of running and 30 seconds of walking. Then I sprinted during my last 30 second interval, although it likely looked much slower than it felt since I was pushing a bike trailer/jogging stroller in one hand and holding a dog leash with the other.

If you’re new to intervals, I recommend you start with 1 minute of running and 1 minute of walking, alternating like that for at least 20 minutes. Each time you come back to a new interval workout you want to make it more challenging. So the second time you might do 1 minute of jogging alternating with 30 seconds of walking. The third time is 2 minutes of jogging with 1 minute of walking, then the fourth could look like my workout today. Next week I’ll be doing 3 minutes of jogging alternating with 1 minute of fast walking. OR, 2 minutes of easy jogging and 30 seconds of sprints. Get it?

On to the real spiel!

I know there are a lot of wine lovers out there who try everything, as well as those who know what they like and stick to it. I like to think we’re equal opportunists (we make jalapeno wine, after all). In reality there are a few kinds of wine we simply don’t drink.

Case in point: Chardonnay. I’d love to be a Chardonnay fan but it’s not in the stars. Occasionally an un-oaked Chard will surprise me but most of the time I just can’t get on board. If you adore Chardonnay (I realize I’m the minority on this one) I’m actually a tiny bit envious because it’s highly prolific – seems like everywhere I go someone’s trying to serve me Chardonnay. I feel the same way about beer. If I could force myself to like it I would in a nanosecond because it’s highly accessible. But as far as Chardonnay goes, my taste buds claim there are so many more interesting varieties out there (many of which I still haven’t tried).

If you read this blog at all you’ll realize I tread lightly on the white wine trail (read this to see which whites I’ll always raise a glass to). But I can dig a good crisp cold one now and then.

So before I get into my wine list this week…inquiring minds want to know: What do other wine lovers drink at the end of an average day?  What do YOU drink? What did you drink last night? What will you drink tonight?

Here’s what we’ve drank this week so far (oh there WILL be more):

Monday: Aveleda Charamba Douro 2011 (Portugese red blend)


Tasting notes on this say it goes well with beef and hard cheeses. We had steak and grilled sweet potatoes and tomatoes. This wine was decent, as was the price point (under $10), so it went down easy.

Tuesday: Potter Wines Riesling and Split Rail Winery Horned Beast Reincarnate (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre)

Made at our humble "wine house."
Made at our humble “wine house.”

We had the blast of an opportunity to host a wine blogger/Village Voice columnist for dinner at Fork restaurant in downtown Boise. So of course we drank our Riesling (along with asparagus fries – mmm!) and partook in local Split Rail Winery’s Horned Beast Reincarnate. Dinner between the four of us included an order of fried chicken and waffles, catfish tacos, apple roasted chicken and a ribeye steak – you can guess which order was mine.


First of all, as non-traditional Riesling fans we’re of course partial to ours. And as GSM (Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre blend) groupies we’re excited by the fact that this one is local (and delicious) as well. Our company also sipped on our jalapeno wine and the night was pretty much perfect, all made possible by one superwoman of a babysitter!

Wednesday: Unlabeled, Potter-crafted white wine.

We had fresh tuna thanks to my dad who went charter boat fishing in Washington last month, so we paired a white wine of Von’s to go with it. This is one we alone drink (the perks of being married to a winemaker = limitless freebies) and will not be releasing because I’ll drink it all myself, thankyouverymuch.

We also opened a bottle of Paso Robles J. Lohr Wildflower (but left enough to finish off the next day). I’m sure it goes well with a lot of things, like writing a blog post.


Thursday: Finishing off the J.Lohr and then moving on to Primal Roots Red Blend.

primal roots

“How much wine do you drink a night, lush-face?” you ask. As a matter of fact I average two glasses a night. Sometimes less, sometimes more depending on the day. Don’t pity me, I am totally at peace with my wino/health conscious/humble mommy trifecta self.

The weekend ahead is a crap shoot circus so more good wine will be consumed. What’s on YOUR list?