French Fizz is…Fun!

Bottles of 2021 J.L. Quinson Le Rosé French Fizz and 2021 J.L. Quinson Le Blanc French Fizz

Fast facts: 2021 J.L. Quinson Le Rosé French Fizz, France ($6.99 @ Trader Joe’s, California) 2021 J.L. Quinson Le Blanc French Fizz, France ($6.99 @ Trader Joe’s, California)   Psst…we’ve got the story on some excellent sparkling wines, just in time for summer! As the name implies, French Fizz sparkling wines come to us from France. … Read moreFrench Fizz is…Fun!

Costco has the Wine to Kick Off Rosé Season – Now 1/3rd Off!

Bottle and glass of 2020 Le Charmel Cotes de Provence Rosé

Fast facts: 2020 Le Charmel Cotes de Provence Rosé, France ($6.89* @ Costco, California – Item #1401944) *price after $3 discount   NEWS FLASH: This has become our favorite pink wine, so it was a nice surprise to find it at Costco discounted by $3 – making a really good value a super, duper high … Read moreCostco has the Wine to Kick Off Rosé Season – Now 1/3rd Off!

Making Mimosas without Champagne?

A holiday morning Mimosa kit, Mumm sparkling wine, a carafe of OJ and orange for a garnish.

Fast facts: NV Mumm Napa, Brut Rosé , Napa, California ($14.99 @ Costco, California – Item #438577)   Well, here we are.  Down to the final seven days of 2021. What a long, strange trip it’s been. Regardless, ’tis the season for celebration, hence the need to keep lots of bubbly on hand.  Whether it’s … Read moreMaking Mimosas without Champagne?

A Trio of Tasty Trader Joe’s Wines for Your Labor Day Soiree

A trio of tastiness from Trader Joe's, just in time for your Labor Day celebrations.

Fast facts: 2020 Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve  Rosé ($6.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) 2020 Trader Joe’s Reserve Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s, California) 2018  Trader Joe’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California)   There’s a scene in the movie The Jerk, starring Steve Martin as..well, … Read moreA Trio of Tasty Trader Joe’s Wines for Your Labor Day Soiree

A TJ’s Prosecco Rosé Find and an Easy Recipe for a Fancy Aperol Spritz

Prosecco+Aperol+Seltzer+tangerine garnish=Aperol Spritz or, summer in a glass!

Fast facts: 2020 Cecilia Beretta Prosecco Rosé ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s, California)   Prosecco is a deliciously dry sparkling wine with crisp acidity, low sugar and plenty of fruit character – all at a fraction of the cost of traditional Champagne.  Traditionally produced in Veneto in North Eastern Italy, it is fermented almost exclusively from the … Read moreA TJ’s Prosecco Rosé Find and an Easy Recipe for a Fancy Aperol Spritz

Picnic building blocks from Trader Joe’s include wines – in a can!

A can of Underwood sparkling rose, a can of Trader Joe's Sea Salted Saddle Potato Crisps and a can of Underwood Pinot Gris

Fast facts: NV Underwood Pinot Gris, Oregon ($4.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) NV Underwood Rosé Bubbles, Oregon ($5.49 @Trader Joe’s, California NV Sea Salted Saddle Potato Crisps ($1.49 @Trader Joe’s,  California)   I was first introduced to the idea that “form follows function” as a college student encountering the the work of the modern architects and Bauhaus. Simply … Read morePicnic building blocks from Trader Joe’s include wines – in a can!

There’s a new K in town at Costco – think pink wine

Bottle and glass of Kirkland Signature K Vine 2020 rose wine from Costco

Fast Facts: 2020 Kirkland Signature K Vine Rosé of Syrah, Buckshot Vineyard, Washington State, USA  ($9.99 @Costco in California – Item #1462888)    At last, Costco’s much-hyped, highly anticipated K Vine series are arriving in stores.  The first one to land in my local Costco is this lovely rosé.  Created in collaboration with the “rock … Read moreThere’s a new K in town at Costco – think pink wine

Costco’s Wine Advent Calendar Comes but Once a Year, Go!

End aisle display of Costco's 2020 Wine Advent Calendar which includes 24 half bottles of wine

Fast Facts: 2020 Edition Costco Wine Advent Calendar  ($97.99@Costco in California – Item #1480467)     So I was all set to pull the trigger on this week’s featured wine.  Before I could, I had to run to Costco to look for some fresh fish for dinner.  (Of course, I had to buy over three … Read moreCostco’s Wine Advent Calendar Comes but Once a Year, Go!

Costco Delivers! Two 90+ Point Wines – both Under $10. Refreshing!

Bottle and glass of two wines from Costco.

Fast facts: 2018 Erath Winery Rosé of Pinot Noir, Oregon $7.99* (@Costco; California, Item# 1235641) *price after $3 discount 2018 Hess Select Sauvigon Blanc, North Coast, California $8.99 (@Costco; California, Item #297592)   It’s hot everywhere in the U.S.  Summer will do that. July calls for wine that is white or pink and well-chilled if … Read moreCostco Delivers! Two 90+ Point Wines – both Under $10. Refreshing!

Chill Well with this Rosé from Costco (via Provence)

Front label of 2019 Kirkland Signature Cotes de Provence Rose from Costco

Fast Facts: 2019 Kirkland Signature Côtes de Provence Rosé, Provence, France   ($9.99 @Costco in California – Item #1133993)    For my tastes, the best rosés come from Provence. They are dry, they are restrained and they are totally refreshing. Problem is, they are expensive. It is rare to find one for under $10. Heck, … Read moreChill Well with this Rosé from Costco (via Provence)