Posts Tagged ‘White Wine’

Cavit Pinot Grigio (white) – 2009

Friday, September 9th, 2011

We’re going up the Sacramento River to the town of Brentwood.  It’s early morning and we’re driving against the commute.  We’re driving in my convertible with the top down and wearing broad brimmed hats.  We’ve left early since the weather report says the temperature will be over 100 degrees and the sun is very bright.

In the trunk we have a cooler with a bottle of Cavit Pinot Grigio 2009 just waiting for lunch!

Brentwood is famous for the u-pick fruit orchards which my wife LOVES!  In addition, another couple I’ve known for years bought a house up there and we’re going up to visit them after we pick some fruit.  The drive is very scenic and we’re enjoying the day.

We stop and pick some peaches, apricots and nectarines.   The apricots are PERFECT.  The ones on the south side of the trees (the sunny side) have got a little pink blush and are ripe to perfection!  YUM!  We eat too many as we pick.  They must be handled carefully since they are SO ripe!

The nectarines are next.  The trees don’t have as much fruit but they are sweet and can be split open and eaten like a little in halves . . . like a donut (only healthier).

Peaches are last . . . finding them is HARD!  They’ve been picked over but the ones remaining are super ripe . . . eat now and they’re great.

We arrive at my buddies’ and they’re out on the boat dock fixing the railing.  The day is hot and we pitch in and get that part done.  My wife goes to the kitchen, cuts up some fruit and brings some glasses and a cork screw.

Cavit Pinot Grigio – on a hot day this refreshes and cools us.

We fire up the grill and cook some meat and corn.  They have a salad all ready.  We relax away the afternoon.

We are doing GREAT!

Note:  Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are the same wine (Italian and French).  Mildly tart – think grapefruit that will relax and stimulate conversation.

Serve chilled right after opening.

Cheers!  Willy

Cavit Pinot Grigio

Jacob’s Creek Muscato – White Still Wine

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

What a day!  I’ve been running all over the Bay Area! I had to cross from San Francisco in the BART subway to do a presentation and then hop on Muni (the underground trolly) for a meeting! I’m hot, sweaty and ready to relax . . . but I have to go get my bicycle and peddle to the 5:30 ferry Sausalito! Normally, this is not a problem but there is some sort of event and traffic on Market Street after 5 is CRAZY! Somehow I make to the boat before it casts off.

When I left for my meeting I got a UPS padded envelope and using a soft pack blue ice packed a bottle of Jacob’s Creek still Muscato for the commute!

I carry my bike down to the lower deck and head upstairs to join the other commuters on the sun deck. My arrival is met with cheers – I’ve got wine tonight! We open the wine. We’re curious to see if this is too sweet, Hurrah! Just slightly sweet, but there’s a slight off taste when 1st poured. This goes away after about 10 minutes (important on a 30 minute commute). The 2nd glass is quite good!

NOTE: Muscato comes in both sparkling and still (no bubbles).  Serve chilled, slightly sweet.

Jacob's Creek Muscato (still)

Montanana White

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Its a wonderful day for my end of day commute.  The sun is shining and a large group of Norwegian tour group are on the boat.  They appear to be college students and the young ladies are very aggressively dressed.  We increase the party atmosphere by bringing a bottle of wine, tonight it’s Montanana White (Marques de Montanana).  There a half a dozen in our group and everybody is ready to party, party, party (as always!)  This wine is  From northern Spain from the Viura grape.  Crisp and refreshing.  We know we’ll enjoy it right after opening.  We have a little blue ice and insulated envelope so we can serve it chilled but sometimes we have to drink it at room temperature and it’s still good!

This is a good picnic wine!  We sit there and enjoy the ride, the scenery prancing around and sometimes we look at the sunset over the Golden Gate!

3 Blind Moose White, Slightly Sweet Riesling

Friday, August 26th, 2011

When I bring out the bottle of wine from my briefcase a giggles and laughter  goes up from the girls and boys who are commuting on the Sausalito Ferry.  The bottle says 3 Blind Moose Riesling.  They love the name and bottle.  The contents go over well too (white, slightly sweet).  But be warned this is a Medium flavor wine – some like it some don’t.  Most of the time we tend to drink a very soft wine (no strong flavors).

We proceed to drink the bottle with a second pour while we pass Alky-Traz.  This finishes the bottle.  If we have a surfeit of wine (many times we have 3 or more bottles) we pour when we pass the ‘slow down’ buoy at the entrance to the harbor at Sausalito.  At least once we’ve opened a bottle (and finished it) when the boat bounces when the lines are fastened to the dock.

Life is good!

Espiral – Vinho Verde – White / slight sparkle

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

It’s a beautiful day and a bunch of friends are coming over and said, “What was that white wine with a spritz we had on the boat the other day?  It was like a cooler right from the bottle!”

I know immediately which one they mean, Espiral Vinho Verde (green wine in Portuguese) is a white wine with just a touch of carbonation.  The green in the name is because they bottle the wine before fermentation is finished.

When we had it the sun deck on the Sausalito Ferry was very warm.  A young lady came over and asked if we were enjoying the wine?  Of course we immediately offerred the lady a glass.  She admitted her interest was not altruistic but was a promoter of Portuguese products!  We spoke highly of the wine which she of course agreed with!  She asked if she could mention the incident in her material and of course since one never should turn down a pretty young lady, we readily agreed!

This wine is soft and goes down easy on a hot day and is low alcohol.

Best chilled.

Perfect for a B-B-Q

Drink immediately after buying, it doesn’t age well.