Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Twin Fin Pinot Grigio

Wine: Twin Fin Pinot Grigio
Price: $5.96
Store: Wegman's

I bought this because I liked the label on our last trip up to visit the in-laws. It's a nice wine, but not too exciting. There is a slightly floral scent to it, but the taste is laced with acidity. I like it, but it's probably not a wine that I would otherwise seek out.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Tequila Rose

Liquor: Tequila Rose
Store: VA ABC
Price: 50 ml $1.10

"The original Tequlia Rose, a passionate combination of strawberry cream liqueur with a splash of tequilia. Adored across the globe for how well it mixes in cocktails, Tequlia Rose is also a great addition to desserts. So, it's no wonder why everyone is falling in love with the Rose...all over again." ~

Yummy....this stuff looks like strawberry milk. It tastes like Strawberry Creme Savers (remember those?). I'm not quite sure how I would mix it in a drink-I've drank it straight up. I also can see where pouring some of this over vanilla ice cream would be quite yummy. Definitely an enjoyable treat.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Oakton Lane Petite Sirah

Wine: Oakton Lane 2009 Paso Robles Petite Sirah
Price: ??? Gift
Store: ???Gift

"Cabernet, Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah are all top-billed stars on the Paso Robles stage. The uninterupted sunshine and dry climate is helping producers create "fruit bombs" out of wine. Anthony Riboli of Maddalena/San Antonio Winery has been working for many years in Paso Robles vineyards, cultivating wines with enormous character and personality like our Oakton Lane Petite Sirah . Deep blue-black intensity of color, spicy ripe flavors and aromas of blueberries arise from this supple, velvet-styled varietal." ~

A friend of mine gave me this wine for my birthday this summer, and I love it! I tend towards shiraz/syrah/sirah, so this was right up my alley. This has a very mild scent, but a very full bodied flavor. I was picking up on hints of something, but wasn't sure what it was. After reading the description, it's definitely the blueberries I was tasting. Very smooth going down and quite enjoyable.

Rating; 4.5 stars out of 5

Sunday, September 6, 2009

ABC's of Me

A -Age: 27
B- Bed Size: Queen
C- Chore you hate: Emptying the dishwasher
D- Dog's Name: Sassy...and our longterm boarder is Rufus. Maybe he'll be going back home in the next couple of weeks.
E- Essential starts to your day: Coffee
F- Favorite Color: Red
G- Gold, Silver, or Platinum: Platinum.
H- Height: 5'10"
I- Instruments you play: None...but I can sing, dance, and act. And we have an organ, oboe, flute, piccolo, violin, trumpet, electric guitar, and acoustic guitar. The hubs plays enough for both of us.
J- job: Teacher.
K- Kids: I have enough at school, I don't need any to come home with me.
L-Living Arrangements: A lovely contemporary 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home
M- Mom's name: Ann
N- Nicknames: Hopey, Hopes, Hope-ifer, Hope-uls, Action
O- Overnight stay in the hospital other then birth: None for me, but I've stayed overnight with family members before
P- Pet Peeve: There are so many, but the big one is people who don't use the intelligence they have.
Q- Quote from a movie: "Tomorrow is another day." Gone with the Wind
R- Right or Left handed: Right
S- Siblings: Uno...and 5 siblings in law
T- Time you wake up: On my own, usually around 8-8:30, the dogs like me up at 6:30 or 7, and when I work, it's 5:45
U- Underwear: Bikinis and the occasional thong
V- Vegetable you dislike: I've never met a vegetable I didn't like, although brussell sprouts have a strange texture. I can only handle them once in a blue moon.
W- Ways you run late: Can't find my keys
X- X-rays you've had: finger, knee, foot (I think), shoulder, bladder
Y- Yummy food you make: My goal in life is to make the best chocolate chip cookies and macaroni and cheese you've ever had.
Z- Zoo Favorite: It's a tie between Lions and Tigers. Ooooh, and elephants!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Margaritaville Last Mango Margarita

Drink: Margaritaville Last Mango Margarita
Price: $16.00ish (Should have paid more attention)
Store: Virgina ABC

"Take time to make friends instead of drinks with
Margaritaville ready-to-drink margaritas. Enjoy their
smooth and refreshing taste on the rocks or frozen.

Simply pour over ice and Enjoy!

19.9 proof (9.95% alcohol)
Available in two convenient sizes: 750ml and 1.75L"

I love the idea of pre-mixed errors with ratios or having a mixer but no liquor. It's just easier. In reality, though, they're not always what you had hoped. Sometimes too strong, too sweet, too weak, whatever. When the hubs and I were in the local Alcohol Beverage Control Store, we saw this and decided to give it a shot. I decided to mix up a little as an after dinner drink for us tonight.

It was nice-I did enjoy it. Mango-y, with little indication of tequila. I have used the mango flavored margarita mix before, along with the mango tequila, to make great margaritas, and I must admit, I prefer to do it that way. I like my margaritas on the stronger side, and I have more control over that when I mix it myself. In a nut shell, a decent cocktail in a pinch, but it's probably better to get the mix and make your own.