Preview: Domaine STE Michelle Wines

Good afternoon everyone,  well the time has come once again to do a online wine tasting.

I will be doing the #TGTaste Tweet Chat on Wednesday December 19, 2012 at 5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET.

Both of the Bruts for the #TGTaste Tweet Chat

Both of the Bruts for the #TGTaste Tweet Chat

The Bruts that you see are the wines we will be tasting and tweeting about on Wednesday evening.

They are from the winemaker Domaine STE Michelle and here is a little more information about them from the Thirsty Girl website:

A Bit More About Domaine Ste Michelle

About Domaine Ste. Michelle:
Domaine Ste. Michelle has crafted sparkling wines from premium grape varieties in Washington state’s Columbia Valley since 1978.  Like the renowned Champagne district of France, the Columbia Valley benefits from a northerly latitude, (extra daylight hours and cool nights) producing grapes well-suited for sparkling wine. Each bottle of Domaine Ste. Michelle is crafted using the traditional méthode champenoise technique.

 About Méthode Champenoise: Beware geek speak ahead

Méthode champenoise is the traditional technique of making Champagne and sparkling wine. It requires a secondary fermentation in the bottle, which produces the delicate bubbles that make the wine sparkle.

The secondary fermentation is accomplished by adding a mixture of sugar and yeast, called liqueur de triage to the still wine. It is then bottled and capped (with what looks like a beer bottle cap) and laid down to begin the secondary fermentation. The resulting carbon dioxide stays in the bottle, giving the wine those famous bubbles.
It is at the end of this process that the cap is removed and replaced with the familiar cork and wire cage.

Worth Twice the Price: Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut & Brut Rose

Priced at $12, the Brut and Brut Rose are often recognized as Best Value wines – offering great quality at an affordable price. At these prices, you can afford to serve nicer appetizers ;-)

Brut from Domaine STE Michelle

Brut from Domaine STE Michelle

Winemaker’s Note:

“Sparkling wine is a wonderful yet often overlooked accompaniment to food. Bright acidity and effervescence cleanse the palate, while the delicate flavors complement a wide array of dishes. Brut pairs very well with Japanese cuisine, my favorite is with sasbimi. Sip with bagels and lox for a relaxing weekend brunch.”

Brut: The Brut is a blend of 88% Chardonnay and 12% Pinot Noir. It has a light citrus flavor and toasty finish that pairs well with French fries, artichoke or cheese dips, calamari and salty snacks.

Just the thought of having french fries with a Brut is appealing to me personally, wonder how that would work with sweet potato fries since that is my new love when it comes to fries, I just will have to give it a try and let you know.

Brut Rose by Domaine STE Michelle

Brut Rose by Domaine STE Michelle

Winemaker’s Note:

“Rose sparkling wines are original not only because of their color, but also their vinous character. Brut Rose is a beautiful salmon pink wine, with a persistent column of small bubbles. A delicate sparkler, with strawberry impressions coming through in the nose, and on the palate. The initial impression is dry, with a soft and fruity aftertaste.”

Brut Rose: The Brut Rose is made of 100% Pinot Noir. It displays aromas and flavors of raspberries and strawberries and pairs well with fresh berries and melon and Asian cuisine.

Looking forward to trying this one with some very good Chinese food on Wednesday for sure.

Now I am not sure if you missed it but these both run $12.00 per bottle which make them very reasonable gifts for friends and to even put into your personal wine stock.

So what better time to kick off your heels (or flats or gym shoes) and join us for our final #TG Taste chat LIVE for 2012.  And what better way to toast 2012 and welcome in 2013 than with a glass or two of bubbly!

So don’t forget to join us!

And be sure to follow Head Thirsty Girl @lesliesb, Thirsty Girl @beathirstygirl and of course our sponsor, @SteMichelle

You can LIKE Domaine Ste Michelle on Facebook and let them know you’re a Thirsty Girl bubbly fan!

You can follow me on twitter at @dreamsofjamaica for my honest review of the wines during the Twitter Chat.

During the chat we will be using the hashtag #tgtase, so please join us for a great time.

Now here is a little legal matter, I received the wines as a gift and I will be giving my honest opinion about them during the twitter party/chat on Wednesday evening,  but I have to direct you to this link http://cmp.ly/2 

Recipe shared with us from the Winemakers: Sparkle Punch ~ http://domaine-ste-michelle.com/entertaining/sparkle_punch.html

Review : The Skinny Vine Wines

Skinny Vine after the tasting tonight

I just completed my first sip and tweet event with Skinny Vine and Thirsty Girl. I had an awesome time and it was so cool to watch all the comments and thoughts about the 3 wines we had the opportunity to taste. Who would have thought an online wine tasting…twitter is a whole new world for marketing.

Okay, here are my honest thoughts about the wines in the order of enjoyment…

1) Mini Moscato: this is my overall favorite. It is not too sweet yet it offer you the full taste of the Fuji apples, pears and peaches. It is very light and very smooth going down. I tried 2 glasses (come on it is only 96 calories and I’ve been so good this year) and each taste was truly nice and enjoyable. It was not overwhelming in any way and I want to try it over some mangoes and even mango sorbet, can you just imagine the great treat that would be.  Mangoes and Mini Moscato will be on the menu for Thanksgiving this year.

2) Thin Zin: I liked this one in second only because I LOVE Moscato, so don’t think it’s not as good because it is really nice. You can smell and taste the berries that this great wine is made of. It also has honeydew melon in it and a hint of clove and they come together rather nicely. This is a great wine to share with your friends who enjoy White Zinfandel and don’t forget to tell them that it only has 89 calories, so there is no guilt if they have more than one glass.

3) Slim Chardonnay: This was a very nice surprise to me personally because I have NEVER enjoyed Chardonnay wine  before and I have tried several different ones but I enjoyed this one.  It is made with apricots and honeyed citrus with a touch of vanilla and oak spice, and trust me (the non-chardonnay drinker) it blends very smoothly and is a nice treasure for Chardonnay drinkers, you will not be disappointed.

So now just a few more facts about this amazing wines shared with me from the makers of Skinny Vine:

The Skinny Vine performed better in taste tests vs. full-calorie varietals!

* 65% preferred the Mini Moscato over full calorie Menage a Trois Moscato

* 60% preferred the Slim Chardonnay over full calorie Cupcake Chardonnay

* and 59% preferred the Thin Zin over full calorie Menage a Trios Rose

and they taste Very GOOD!!!

Skinny Vine was created for the wine drinker who wants a “better for me option” without having to sacrifice flavor or quality. Skinny Vine provides health-conscious guys and gals the best of both worlds ~ a great tasting glass of wine with fewer calories.

And here is the best part…

Retailing for $11 a bottle, each delivers the full spectrum of fruit intensity and complexity while managing alcohol content to create a full-flavored, low-calorie wine.

I appreciate the opportunity that I was given to taste test this new wine and like I said during the twitter chat…

“Skinny Vine is about to change the game when it comes to Wines”

The reason I say this is because we now have the great choice to enjoy a glass of wine and not feel guilty when we are trying to stay healthy. This is truly a guilt-free wine for everyone.

Skinny Vine Corks

You can find these great wines at:

www.theskinnyvine.com : they also offer a few recipes to pair with the wine of your choice on the website

Thirsty Girl arranged this great wine tasting and you can find her here : www.thirstygirl.com

Skinny Vine is created right here in California ~ Sweetness !!!

Flavor that Flattens ~ Enjoy

Preview: The Skinny Vine Wine

Before I begin let me ask you a question…

Would you rather…blink and be finished eating a 100-calorie snack pack or enjoy a full size glass of Skinny Vine wine with far less quilt and much more fun?

Well I have been given an amazing (at least I think it’s amazing) opportunity to take part in The Skinny Vine TGTaste taking place today at 5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET.

What’s a TGTaste you may ask, well we will be tweeting and sipping wines during that time and we will be joined by some awesome people:

Head Thirsty Girl Leslie Sbrocco will also be joining in on the fun, you can join her on twitter at @beathirstygirl

The winemaker will be joining us during the chat as well and I will have the opportunity to ask the winemaker about these wines and learn more about The Skinny Vine Wines.

To say I am excited is not even easy to explain.

Now here is a little legal matter, I received the wines as a gift and I will be giving my honest opinion about them during the twitter party/chat this evening,  but I have to direct you to this link http://cmp.ly/2 

Now here are the wines I will be tasting and talking about this evening on twitter:

Flavor That Flatters

The Skinny Vine – a soon-to-debut line of light and refreshing wines that happen to have 25-30% fewer calories than traditional wine and less that 95 calories per 5 oz serving. The Skinny Vine company is so confident in the quality and taste of this wine that consumers all over America are currently participating in blind taste-tests to see if they can distinguish The Skinny Vine from full calorie wines…and you guessed it, they can’t!

So let me share a little with you about each wine:

Skinny Vine Slim Chardonnay

Winemaker’s Notes:

This California Chardonnay was carefully selected to exhibit fresh fruit characteristics to enhance a light and refreshing style. Bright citrus, stone fruit and a hint of floral aromas are maintained because this wine sees very little oak integration, keeping it bright, refreshing and fruit-forward. The resulting wine is beautifully fruit-driven, clean and crisp for light and carefree moments.

Per 5oz serving: Calories 86, Carbohydrates 4.5g, Protein less than 1 gram, Fat Og

next up:

The Thin Zin

Winemaker Notes:

The rose of Zinfandel from California was carefully selected to exhibit the juicy berry characteristics that make this wine so beautifully aromatic and delicious. A slow fermentation allowed our winemaker to achieve the perfect level of sweetness, which is complemented by a mouthwatering acidity.

Per 5 oz serving: Calories 89, Carbohydrates 8.1g, Protein less than 1 gram, Fat Og

And last but certainly not least :

Mini Moscato

Winemaker Notes:

This California Moscato is a blend of Muscat of Alexandria, Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains and Orange Muscat from California, carefully selected to exhibit the light and refreshing varietal characteristics that make this wine so mouthwatering and delicious.

Per 5oz serving: Calories 96, Carbohydrates 10g, Protein less than 1 gram, Fat Og

Personal Side Note: I enjoy Moscato wine and I am really looking forward to trying this one…

Here are the links to learn more about this outstanding wines:

Links for more info:

http://www.theskinnyvine.com/

https://www.facebook.com/SkinnyVine
http://www.facebook.com/thirstygirl

Now that you have seen the upcoming wines, I hope you will join us this evening November 14, 2012 at 5:oo pm PT/8:00 pm ET for this amazing twitter party… we will be using the hashtag #tgtaste, so please join us, you can find me on twitter at @dreamsofjamaica, Skinny vine @skinnyvine  and Thirsty Girl at @beathirstygirl …look forward to seeing you this evening!