[FRIDAY FAVES] Apple Cake, Con Queens and More!

Photo: Emily Rentsch

It's Friday (but who's keeping track, right?!)! Here's a little list of fun things we found on the internet and beyond this week. Enjoy!

FRIDAY FAVES - 10.9.20


- Highly recommend making some apple cake to have with your morning coffee. This recipe is easy and yummy, but we suggest you add a big pinch of salt to the batter. :)

- Wanna turn that apple cake into a brunch situation? Pop open a bottle of this to go with it: Abbazia di Novacella Kerner! It's sleek, it's floral, it's the BEST.

- Did you know about the Orionids Meteor Shower this month? So cool!

- Loving this new podcast about the Hollywood Con Queen (and yes, she is AT LARGE!).

- This is a really informative post on how CBD works, from Wit & Delight.

Happy weekending!

 

 

[FRIDAY FAVES] Blueberry Pie, Pinot Noir and More!

Photo: Jakub Sejkora via Unsplash

Good day, wine lovers! Please enjoy the following fun tidbits we discovered this week:

FRIDAY FAVES - 10.2.20

- How perfect does this blueberry pie look?! Made by a North Minneapolis baker!

- Do you like strawberries? Do you like wine? (Wait, stupid question...) Then you MUST pop open a bottle of this Pinot Noir.

- These stunning felt flowers will keep us smiling once winter sets in.

- A loooong list of the best Halloween movies (remember The Sixth Sense??).

- A few dreamy fall adventures we long to go on...


Enjoy your weekend!

 

Skin Contact Wine, Demystified

Photo: Sharon McCutcheon via Unsplash

Right now, in June of 2020, the words skin contact might totally freak you out. Social distancing is a thing, staying extra safe is on all of our minds, and the thought of touching another human being is suddenly a frought thought indeed. 

But we're not here to talk about that! On THIS blog, we're talking skin contact as it applies to wine. Wine! What a happy topic. 

Soooo, what is skin contact wine, anyway?

It's super simple. Skin contact wines are white wines that are made more like red wines.

The big difference between making a white wine and a red wine lies in the fermentation process. With a white wine, the winemaker presses the grapes and then removes the pomace (all of the residual solids, like seeds, grape skins, etc.)  before fermenting the juice in a tank or other vessel. When making red wine, the winemaker will allow that pomace to hang out in the fermentation vessel with the juice, giving them more time to macerate. All of those lovely seeds and skins impart several things...

[RECAP] What We Learned At A Virtual Wine + Cheese Party

Photo: Leslee Miller

One joy in the time of Corona Virus? Virtual wine classes!

Sip Better's sommelier, Leslee Miller, has been putting her wine education chops to work from the comfort of her own home. Through her consulting business, Amusée, Leslee has begun hosting live themed wine classes via Zoom, and the latest one turned into one big wine and cheese pairing party! Wine lovers from around the country tuned in on Saturday April 18th to discuss how to create a killer cheese and meat spread (see that beauty up above?), which wines to pair with which snacks, and more. I was there too! And here are three of my takeaways:

VARIETY IS KEY
Make sure your cheese(and meat) board reflects the spice of life: variety! Choose at least one cow's milk cheese (like Gruyère), one goat's milk (such as fresh chèvre), and one sheep's milk cheese (like Manchego). Not only do these different milks offer many pairing combinations and flavor profiles to explore, they also ensure that most of your dining mates will find...

For The Love Of Canned Wine

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Hello from my house!

Isn't that where we all are during this COVID-19 pandemic? Inside of our houses?

One of the only true pleasures of these long days of self-isolation is that nature walks and moments outside are PLENTIFUL. Some of us can even see our friends and family by carefully meeting up with them in socially distant-safe spaces. Like the woods! Or a sprawling state park. A couple of lawn chairs in a big green space is the only way to party these days. 

And guess what! There's a canned wine for that situation. The intrepid and ever-inspiring Broc Cellars has made their Love Wines walkable.

Broc Cellars Love Wine boxes
[above photos by Vinnie Biskupic]

Winemaker Chris Brockway champions minimal intervention winemaking techniques and ethical farming practices, and his Love Wines are crafted to express this mission while also being super affordable. Gotta love a wine that makes your heart AND your wallet feel good, right? And now that Brockway's Love Red and Love White blends are available in cans, the...

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