Summer is the time for chilled whites, light reds, and of course bubbles. You all know I like variety and mixing it up, but Dry Creek Vineyard’s Chenin Blanc is one I keep going back to. I always have a bottle or six of this one handy. It’s perfect for sipping on the beach, on the porch, in your air conditioning, or in your hot as hades non-air-conditioned space.
It would go well with a handful of nuts, or with an exquisitely prepared Chicken Piccata, with fresh lemons, a handful of capers, garnished with a sprinkle of garden-grown parsley.
“If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Dry Creek Vineyard extends praise to our original source of inspiration in the small French village of Vouvray in the Loire Valley. It was in Vouvray, that our love affair with Chenin Blanc began.”
I get notes of floral and stone fruit, peaches perhaps, with a touch of minerality behind the scenes. The mouthfeel is perfection; great body with a silky swirl finish. At $12.99 a bottle, you seriously can’t go wrong.
AND let’s not forget that summer doesn’t end until September 22 this year. That’s FOUR MORE DAYS OF SUMMER PEOPLE! Savor your favorite summer staple while you still can. I know I will be.
We’ve officially transitioned to fall in the Northeast. The cold weather is coming. As this new reality sets in, I find myself wanting bottles of rich red wine, not white. Looking back, I realized that this summer was full of new white wine experiences, and what a summer it was! I received a few bottles from Nimble Vineyards earlier this year and had the opportunity to crack open a bottle of their 2014 Sauvignon Blanc just before the chill in the air appeared.
The last of the warm weather lends itself to a refreshing pick-me-up and I know that when the cold sets in, I’ll find myself wanting heavier reds. So today, with the temps pushing 86, even with a breeze, I’m glistening just a bit, and the chilled 2014 Nimble Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc was just what the doctor ordered.
Though the nose isn’t overly fragrant, there’s a bouquet of fresh wild flowers lingering in the back, the kind you’d pick from your garden. Perfectly light and crisp, with pleasant touches of acidity and minerality. When I take I sip I spy some pineapple juice with a long grapefruit finish. The acidic grapefruit cuts any sweetness that the pineapple flavor hinted at, making this a delightful aperitif wine to get you salivating. We paired it with some apple slices and cheddar cheese, but mostly just sipped it on its own.
Nimble Vineyards has been growing grapes for more than 15 years, but at first only sold what they made to wine makers. As I learn more about winemakers and vineyards, selling grapes to other producers appears to be a very common practice throughout the world, something the general public may not realize. It also seems like more and more, these vintners are deciding to keep at least a portion of their crop to make their own wine. Nimble recently began having a go at winemaking themselves, and it seems to have worked out very well.
At 70 cases made of this Sauvignon Blanc, you’ll be lucky if you can find a bottle, but if you can, grab all that you see. It’s an excellent example of a perfectly balanced wine. And it’s a good drinker for warm sunny days. What more can you ask for?
Their wine labels feature the rear end of a wild hog, inspired by the wild hogs roaming their vineyards, enjoying their grapes. This is apparently a problem in Sonoma County, so much so that the state authorizes unlimited hunting of them, and several businesses have sprung up that will organize a hunting party for you and your closest meat-eating friends.
The Sauvignon Blanc varietal originated in the Bordeaux region of France, though I think popular culture now tends to associate it with New Zealand. It turns out that California is producing some amazing wine out of Sauvignon Blanc grapes as well, so don’t be afraid to give them a try!
Until the next glass, Cheers!
Lawyer Footnotes  Maybe I’m being a bit melodramatic, we’re only in the second week of chilly weather, which I love. But I am going to miss my summer of #whitewineallthetime!  How insightful of me, and it’s coming true already.  That is, if you had a garden with wild flowers that survived the elements.  Husband made homemade sauce so we’re waiting for that to finish up. I’m guessing we’ll be going with a red for that…  No distribution yet and no online sales. Give them a call to arrange a visit at 707.433.9844, OR shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and they can ship you some!  I can see it now: Bachelorette Party Gon’ Wild! First you taste the wine, then you hunt the hogs….Just kidding! #liabilityproblems #lawyerlife
It’s hot. And we’re trying to eat healthy. So what’s a girl to do for dinner? Enter summer fresh oeufs en cocotte. It was Husband’s idea and he executed flawlessly.
Summer Fresh Eggs En Cocotte Recipe
Grab two ramekins and spray or wipe down with olive oil. Layer fresh veggies inside. We used baby spinach and diced green peppers. An onion would have been a great addition. Anything you have laying around or growing in your garden will work. Crack two eggs on top of the veggies and cover with a sprinkling of diced fresh herbs and a pinch of sea salt. If you’re really feeling fancy, throw in a dash of fresh grated parmesan. Put the ramekins in a shallow baking dish filled with water (you want the water to be about halfway up the ramekin). Cover in foil and bake at 375 for 15 minutes. Uncover and finish baking for another 5-10 minutes. Voilà! Dinner is served!
Talk about summer fresh. It felt like I was taking a bite out of the garden. And it paired perfectly with Judge Palmer’s 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. The Judge Palmer wines are really stunning. Too often Sauvignon Blanc is thin and metallic, but not so with this vintage of Judge Palmer. Nutty, green grass on the nose. Thick and peachy with a hint of sweet on the finish. Absolutely gorgeous color; a rich golden hue.
When the weather is warm and there’s eggs en cocotte on the table, you can’t go wrong with a glass of this beauty.
What’s your secret to eating healthy in the heat?
Until the next glass, cheers!
Lawyer Footnotes  Day three of no bread and I’m still civil to my fellow humans; I’m pretty much a #healthnut. Also, Honey Nut Cheerios for breakfast is better than a cream cheese covered bagel…right? #onthego  This translates to “egg casserole.” I think it sounds much more appetizing in French.  You know you have some from the crème brûlée set you put on your wedding registry and used once, if ever. If not, grab a few next time you’re at Amazon.  Zucchini, radishes, leeks, tomatoes etc. #greenthumb  I suggested some ham, bacon and/or pancetta too, but, see footnote 1, infra, re: being healthy. Ugh.  The Cabernet Sauvignon we had this winter was equally captivating. And I just love the backstory behind Judge Palmer – Palmer Emmitt’s electrician-turned-judge grandfather. #nolawschoolnecessary
It’s been a really long time since my last post. I’ve done so many things and drank some great wine, but alas, I found no time to write. Today will be my last post of the summer, for tomorrow, Fall is here. Where did it go? It feels like just yesterday I was getting ready to #RoséAllDay and sit out by our new pool! It’s like I blinked and lickety-split, it’s cold again.
Not that I don’t love the fall, it’s just that summer is so vibrant and warm. To be fair, it was an incredible summer. I slurped and spit at my first official wine tasting, went on a Rosé yacht cruise in NYC, had beach days galore, participated in fashion week, “ran” in a wine marathon, and drank so many good wines. I really can’t complain.
Speaking of fashion week. It was epic. The Rosé was divine, the food was delightful, Younger Sissy and I met some new friends, and we saw a legit New York Fashion Week fashion show. I may have heckled the models after two hours of Rosé drinking, but it was only to tell them how beautiful they looked…that’s ok right? For a few brief moments I thought about changing career paths…but 3 large slices of pizza and a pair of $3 flip flops later, reality set in and I returned to Lawyer Life. An adventure to be sure. Thanks again to Nuit Rose for inviting me!
Onto the last wine of the summer!
To: Alleged Blog Readers
Date: September 22, 2015
Wine: 2014 Bougrier Vouvray
_____________________________________________ This is actually a wine I opened on Saturday. When I opened it, it was light, fresh, and perfect for a bit of pre-gaming before we went to an event. I remember notes of orange on the nose. That being said, I was leery about how it would be today. It held up surprisingly well. On the sweeter side with a hint of minerality on the finish. Green grass on the nose, and a tinge of peach when I swirl. A perfect wine to sit and sip as we wave adieu to summer 2015. Until next year!
This is another Bougrier Famille wine, and, like the last one I had, this also took a bit of wine label deciphering. It appears that Bougrier Famille partnered with Domaine Toussaint, another producer in France’s Loire Valley to release this white wine. The bottle gives no indication of what varietals were used, noting only that it is “white Loire wine,” but other information I found through The Goo
gle says it’s 100% chenin blanc. A fair value at about $15 a bottle.
Lawyer Footnotes  It’s actually my favorite season. #foliage  Jessica!  I think I mistook their pouting faces, oh so skinny limbs and hollowed cheeks as a cry for help, or at least a cry for a cheeseburger. In reality, strutting down that runway with no bra and no smile was probably their dream come true. #success  I’m pretty sure I had the walk down pat.  Thinking that since I was going to fashion week, I would have to dress the part, I wore high heels. To New York City. Where I would have to walk around. For extended periods of time. Big Mistake.  It was well sealed in the fridge.  Loire Valley is officially on my Wine Bucket List.  Another discovery I made this summer. Excellent grape!