Woop Woop

Sounds like I’m cheering, right?  Well, I guess I sort of am.  Found a great new (to me) wine last night.  Was having leftover ‘roo burgers so decided to pick up an Australian wine to pair with them (had beer the first time around).  Wanted to get something I hadn’t tried before.  Found the Woop Woop Shiraz at the store.

Totally not what I was expecting for a(n Australian) Shiraz.  I would say its color was very dark for the varietal and it was also thick/syrupy (best description I can give).  The first thing I got on the nose was pepper, then a light bit of fennel, finally various berries.  Same with the taste.  But, again, the pepper was the most prominent.  What was very interesting is that the wine changed throughout the evening.  Always had a bit of a different character.  Definitely worth checking out, and well priced — low-mid teens.  Also, quick note, it was a screw top, which is becoming much more common.  I call the things easy access.

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Man’s Best Friend

I get a call from a friend the other night telling me she has to put her 10-year old black lab down today.  Slam!  Not what I was expecting, or wanting, to hear.  Needed to go over to see her, and him (the dog), man’s best friend, one last time.  My friend picked up some wine to honor him — LAB.  It’s a winery in Portugal and they have 2 blends, a red and a white, both screw tops.  The red was fruity and had a bit of spice to it.  The white was crisp and citrusy.  And, both under $10.  I would give you a link to the site but it’s under construction.  We enjoyed this while playing with the black lab one more night.  May man’s best friend rest in peace.

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Screw Top Art

I can get crafty on the side and the past few years have been having fun.  For awhile I was making cork wreaths.  I sent notes out to all those I know to save those precious things some throw away when they open their lovely adult beverage and also went around to restaurants to collect them.  I made one wreath for myself and then was given 3 enormous bags of corks from a restaurant and gifted and gifted wreaths after hours of labor.  Also make cork trivets after buying the frames.

But, there is more fun…screw top wreaths.  First, though screw tops are becoming more common, when you try to collect/gather them, they don’t come nearly as quickly as corks.  It took me a long to gather enough to make a wreath.  Then, when wreath making began, *($%^.   There is not nearly the surface area of a cork!  This was not as much fun as I thought.  After a couple hours, I decided putting cotton balls in the screwtops would give me more surface area.  After many months of (more) off and on labor hours, the screw top wreath is complete!  I did this tonight while enjoying some great South African wine after just booking a trip to South Africa…there will be many food and wine reports to come in a few months.  The wine I enjoyed was one of my favorites, the Wolftrap Red Blend of Syrah, Mourvedre and Viognier.

 

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And, the original wreath I worked on a couple years ago…good old fashioned corks.

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Size Can Matter

The world of wine is constantly in a state of flux.  First corks started going from true cork to synthetic.  Then we started getting these screw top things.  I will say at first I was not impressed but I am starting to like them, but I will always love traditional corks.  And now, the size of the container of wine you buy is changing!  The 750ml bottle should always be around, there can be the standby 1.5L and maybe the splits or tiny ones that you use for cooking or slipping into your pocket.

But now you go into the store and talk about eye candy!  I was in World Market last weekend and just had to take pictures.  Talk about kid in a candy store.  So there were 3 other size options (I’d seen some of them a couple times but they overtook the wine section).

#1 350ml bottle, screw top, metal bottle (that might not be what it’s truly made of, but looks that way).  This could totally pass for a non-alcoholic drink (if you peeled the label).  And check out the caps — white for white, red for red.  Genius!  These were about $6/bottle.

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#2 500 ml — I don’t know what you want to call it — paper bottle.  I know there is a better name.  Plastic screw top.  Each container has 3 glasses of wine.  Or, hey, if it’s yours for the night, either get a straw or drink straight from the bottle!  The cost for these was about $5.

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#3 3L Box Wine.  Box wine’s been around for awhile but is getting good now.  There are 4 bottles per box.  Per ‘them’ there are 24 glasses in a box — are there really 6 glasses in a bottle?  This one was selling for about $16.

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Great to see what’s happening in wine world.  Size can matter based on the situation…BBQ, tailgating, night out, night in, sample, and more.  Taste on, my friends, taste on.