Wine Moment featuring Grifone Primitivo Zinfindel 2010
Hello Trader Joes’ Fans;
It is time for another Wine Moment with Delaina.
Trader Joes’ is offering Grifone Primitivo Zinfindel 2010 for only 3.99 (at my local). This is a rock’in good Zinfindel priced just right for those of us that want to enjoy our wine and not break the bank. The wine is Italian and as is typical, in my opinion, of Zinfindels is rich full of complexity. The wonderful complexity of this wine I credit to the soft vanilla and sharp raspberry tones; the juxtaposition of the two flavors are perfect.
As for paring, I had this wine with a tuna and squash and it paired wonderfully. This wine also passes my “it goes down just fine on its own” test, and I dare say with flying colors.
The Grifone would also make a great gift wine because it is soft enough for the novice drinker and complex enough for the sophisticate.
I hope you get a chance to enjoy Grifone in all is complex-simplicity.
Seccola Frizzante = YUM!
Hello Wine Drinkers;
I have another Wine Moment with Delaina for you. They were sampling the Seccola Frizzante at our local Trader Joe’s store in Kansas City today. It was very nice so I bought a bottle so I could share it with you.
This Semi-sparking German/Italian wine is very Prosecco’esk. This German made blend of two Italian grapes has a dry Granny Smith flavor that is very refreshing.
This wine pairs nicely with Trader Joe’s Coconut Shrimp as well as Trader Joe’s Indian dishes. (Can you tell what we had for dinner tonight?)
I know many of you are looking for the Vola Trebbiano Pinot Grigio. This is not it and it has been too long since I have had the Vola Trebbiano to really compare them. Yet, from my memory I would say that the Seccola would make a good and bubbly void filler.
Also for those of you watching the alcohol levels on your wines, the Seccola is only 10% so you can enjoy your wine again without it being too sweet or having a “funny” flavor
I hope you enjoy this wine as much as I do.
P.S. We brought home the Frequent Flyer and Viola! The Seccola Frizzante is mentioned on page 5! Who knew we were soooo trendy…
P.P.S. Do you like my super cool new stemless wine glasses? I just LOVE them! They are fancy and yet not too delicate ~ they recommend a hand wash but they feel solid and not too thin that I would be worried about using them EVERY NIGHT
Ok this Paso Robles rocks, and I wish I had saved it for Turkey Day. Nonetheless, I am enjoying it right now. It is lighter and dare I say fruiter than I remember when they were passing out samples at our Trader Joe’s. Yet I like it, even though it is not the usually heavy wine I typically like this time of year.
The bottle doesn’t brag about what grapes that make up the blend. But I recall the Sampler saying Zinfandel was one of the grapes, probably how it made it in the cart. The wine offers strong blackberry flavor through and though, there is a spice but it is more of a finisher than a distracter. There is a nice wood, maybe oak, scent that brightens the whole experience. The finish is dryer but the whole experience rest easy on the tongue.
The bottle boasts that it would pair nicely with a wide range of dishes from Asian spiced to pasta to chocolate mousse. I paired it with Pizza and it was great. More importantly, I feel this wine would also pair nicely with a turkey and some mashed potatoes.
As the weather starts to turn cold my taste buds long for complexity and I want something that will warm me to my toes. A Zinfandel is just the thing I need. Ok to be honest, I am a sucker for Zins and I can be caught drinking Zinfandels even in warm weather, but I love them the most when I am cold.
Yet Zinfandels tend to be out of my usual everyday budget. If you are like me, have no fear because Trader Joe’s has come to our rescue by offering the Old Moon (Old Vine) Zinfandel 2010 for 5.99.
This Zin is wonderful. It has all of boldness and complexity that a Zin, especially in this price range, has to offer. The deep tones of cherry and the dark notes of plum all balanced with more than a hint of vanilla, creates a great wine, I think you will agree. I enjoyed this wine with Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash & Creamed Spinach Gratin. But I believe it would complement any hardy dish. This Zin for only $5.99 (at our local) is a find, and as far as I am concerned, a new staple.
Thank you Trader Joes!
Thank you all for reading.
A Wine Moment with Delaina
Hello Trader Joe’s & Living Trader Joe’s fans;
We have a fantastic wine to share with you.
Dearly Beloved, Forever Red 2009 from Mendocino County, California is just the treat to trick out your Halloween celebrations. The label features a beautiful Day of the Dead mask but it is the wine inside that will have you convinced you had died and gone to wine heaven.
The label on the bottle sells itself well, with chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon hints; as well as oak spice and dark fruits, but it is the bold Bing cherry flavors that will rock your wine pallet. Although cherry is not a flavor that I pursue, this wine is truly balanced with the warmer flavors. This wine would pair nicely with any meat or pasta dish.
In fact I am enjoying a glass by itself as I write.
Now let’s rewind. The label is what attracted me to this wine in the first place. If you like the ornate beauty of the Day of the Dead “Death Mask” this wine bottle is worth the purchase on that alone. But seriously don’t waste the wine.
The wine was $6.99 at our Trader Joe’s and worth every cent. I would recommend buying a bottle to have as your own adult treat after all of the candy has been passed out on Halloween.
The Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator: A Review of a great Wine gadget!. Have you seen those funny looking Wine Aerators and wondered what they were all about?
We have been told by a many friends, family and fellow wine lovers that to get the full effect from a wine, you should make sure that the wine has had enough air. This makes sense on some level, as wine has been corked up in the bottle for who knows how many years.
But the science behind how much “air” to give a glass of wine was a mystery to us before we got the Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator. This cool wine gadget allows you to open up a bottle of wine, pour a glass throught the Aerator and then TaDa! The wine is fully “aired” and ready to drink.
No more waiting, no more guessing if the wine has been open long enough…before you get to drink! (OK seriously, who really wants to open a bottle of wine and then wait for an hour… or longer….grrrr… )
The real benefit? This Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator kinda “smooths” out some of the Trader Joe’s $3.99 wines… right from the first glass… yum!
In fact when we first bought this Aerator, we did an little taste -test where we opened up a bottle of red wine and poured a glass the regular way, and then poured a second glass using the Aerator. We were pleasantly surprised to actually taste a difference between the two glasses. Without the aerator, the wine was dryer and lacked the full taste that eventually showed up later on that evening. The glass that we passed through the aerator: the wine was smooth and the flavors were more intense right from the first sip.
Here is a link if you want to read more about the Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator. It would make a great gift for a friend and/or yourself…
What do you think? Do you have a Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator? Share below or on Facebook ~Thanks!