Wine Club - Canned Wines

Images of Canned WinesI am heading to the beach next week for our annual family vacation and the salt water and sea air feel so close I can practically taste them.

My entire family convenes in one beach house, sometimes known as Chaos Central, on the East Coast, not far from the city where we grew up. I have four siblings; they have spouses and kids, and our parents are there to “supervise” the week’s shenanigans. It’s a beautiful, loud, noisy, messy, fun week, with a lot of love and laughter.

It’s kind of a tradition to enjoy a late-afternoon beverage on the beach. My brothers will often bring a micro-brew down in a cooler (no glass containers on the beach!), but me and my sisters don’t want that heavy feeling that beer sometimes brings.

Canned wines are the perfect solution! With so many brands and so many varietals to choose from, wine in a can is a great way to enjoy a sip at the beach, at the pool, or at a backyard barbecue. Hey, let’s be honest, it’s also a great way to avoid breaking wine glasses, because haven’t we all done that right in our own kitchen?

Canned wines have become pretty mainstream and easy to find at your local Brookshire’s. I like a red wine or rose, especially for a breezy beach afternoon, but my younger sisters will reach for a white wine (good, then I don’t have to share) and my sisters in law enjoy some of the canned wines flavored with fruits.

No matter what you choose, these convenient, cool and delicious cans offer the best of both worlds: a great tasting wine paired with portability and easy clean up! (And no glass on the beach!)

-Amy Pearson, contributor

Published 7/8/19


Wine Club- Mother's Day Brunch

Rose WineBy now you must have heard the expression and seen the merch touting ‘Rose’ all day.’

There’s a reason this light, fruity wine is so sippable: it’s created by a special process that allows the juiced grapes to come in contact with the grape skins just until the liquid turns the lovely pink color we’ve come to know and love.

Some will tell you that rose is a blend of red and white wines: it’s most certainly not. Red grapes are used for red wines. White grapes are used for white wines. Clearly, there is no pink grape. However, all wines are created from grapes that are juiced and the liquid produced is actually clear until it stays in contact with the grape skins. The long the juice macerates in the skins, the deeper the color of the wine. Rose is made from red grapes with a shorter contact period to the skins.

Rose wines hail from the Provence region of France, but there ae so many great roses from all over the world. Rose is served slightly chilled and can be still, sparkling or lightly sparkling. Roses can be dry or sweet and everywhere in between. Because of the versatility of this wine, you can find a good bottle at all price points.

Rose is the perfect wine to pair with a Mother’s Day brunch. Not too heavy for the late morning or early afternoon, it’s the ideal bottle to serve on the patio alongside a quiche and grilled vegetables.

Published 05/02/19


Wine Club - Prosecco

Lamarca Prosecco WineAll winter, I wanted to hunker down by the fireplace with a glass of a full-bodied red wine, like a Cabernet. As the weather warms, I seek out a lighter, fruitier, crisper wine, one I can see myself sipping on the patio.

Prosecco is the perfect choice.

An Italian white, prosecco can be sparkling, semi-sparkling or “still.” It’s usually light and aromatic, with fruit flavors and notes like peach or pear. In Italy, prosecco might be consumed at any time, with any meal. I enjoyed a glass with a lunch of a rich ragu over thick noodles on a side street in Rome and another while cruising down the canal in a vaporetto on a chilly evening in Venice. Outside of Italy, prosecco is generally an aperitif or dessert wine.

Prosecco is served chilled and best consumed when it’s a younger wine, as it can become stale.Serve prosecco in a flute, so the bubbles can aerate the wine and bring all the flavors to life. Prosecco is also the wine of choice in a Bellini cocktail, and can be used in a mimosa as well.

TIP:

You don’t want to waste a single drop of prosecco, but it’s easy to overpour a sparkling wine. To pour a perfect prosecco, hold your glass at a 45-degree angle, and pour slowly. You can also prep the glass by pouring about a tablespoon of prosecco in and letting it rest before filling the rest of the glass.

Published 02/28/2019