Wednesday, September 20, 2017

#WineWednesdy : BV Coastal Chardonnay


I have mentioned this Chardonnay before  as my go to pick up at Safeway.

I just noticed that at Safeway a new set of labels appeared and so did new pricing.

This wine is made of Livermore and Coastal Chardonnay grapes that are in bulk.

That is okay.


This isn't wine to specifically pair with a private garden dinner for two nor is this wine to be used to impress anyone of anything.

This wine is perfect for forty uninvited guests to your house to watch sports on the weekend.

The perfect hue of straw of this wine will work with Chips and Dips or even fancy hors d'oeuvre  for an Oscar Party with inlaws and children in the room.

BV made this wine specifically to be a House Wine and that is not a bad thing at all. This wine will work with you eating chicken over the sink or having a potluck.

I usually pop open this wine on Friday night or Saturday as I am finishing up the cheese from the week before, having done three no five loads of laundry now towels and turning on Twitter or Hulu to see what is going on.

Plus I admit it was on sale like a serious sale that meant I left with six bottles for $20. That is how good this wine is.
What will six bottles be?
One for Friday nite obviously
One is a Gift for a friend
One is paired with fancy chocolates, a gift card in a basket for Raffle prize for a fundraiser
One for a Saturday nite
One is an emergency wine because whatever you say about Californians our Emergency kits have wine in them
One spare bottle just in case twenty people show up for a dinner party.

You'd be surprised at how quickly a drinkable Chardonnay can go. This one goes really fast!





Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Last of Summer Reads : Big Stone Gap

During the San Francisco Heat Wave of 2017 I surfed cafes and hotel lobbies to beat the 107 degree heat in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I started out in Palo Alto where it was 105 degrees at 3pm and as per my plan to relax and read a book on the beach I had my book ready.
Big Stone Gap is perfect for the beach and while I tried to enjoy some Rose at Cafe Venetia I was still fighting the heat complete with even a nice cool slice of cake.
After an hour I checked it was just 103 and I needed to move because I was not the only one with this great idea. Fortunately, the book moves too and by moves the reader along too and you get invested early ( or I did ) into the lives of those whom live on a Mountain.
I headed over to Coupa Cafe for more air conditiioning and no wine which isn't bad because they have this burger that is delicious and considering the Heat Wave might be a sign of Hades opening up to take me down I was going to have my last meal one way or another.

While all authors have to jump some kind of shark to move a story along because the holidays are just that a stopgap in storytelling the main character takes  nap and trust me after that burger and wine I wanted to take a nap but not sleep for 10 days.

While the story takes place in 1978 its probably still true today if you were to head up to the Appalachian Mountains you would find a Big Stone Gap that would be knee deep in characters and charisma.

While I had planned on hitting the beach with this book everyone else would be too and what is worse is that it was 103 in Santa Cruz so the beach alluded me once again.
But the book is great and if you do have to sit and read at a Cafe I know of two that would be great to enjoy.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Lists Upon Lists and Sponsored Posts (basically an update from me)

Right now the New York Fashion Week is going on. The week-long event is a serious dedication and propagation of fashion and all things you need.

Or Not.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fall Wine #WineWednesday : WatchDog Rock

Hey its Wednesday and someone is drinking wine and I have been drinking wine so let's talk Wine even though its not my day off. ( really can not wait till November )
I got to enjoy some of the 2014 WatchDog Rock Riesling form Washington State.

Its very drinkable on a hot day but not all day. I had to add ice and eventually just stopped drinking it.

Watchdog Rock is another Constellation Brand Wine  This is most likely bulk purchased wine that is a secondary label for another Constellation Brand  hence why I am so incredibly frugal in purchasing wine at most stores. I understand the process and growing seasons and huge organizations that take over massive productions with smaller lesser known wineries.

Watchdog is a great yellow straw hue that is refreshing and nice like a meyer lemon cake.

Unfortunately for me I have severe heat wave going on which caused me not to enjoy the wine very long aside from first couple of sips.

I also am allergic to heat ( kinda like wine in general ) and developed a massive rash on my body so there was no opportunity to save the wine for later but not for lack of trying.

I will keep an eye out for this wine as I notice one wine I talked about previously  was on sale for $15 this past weekend ( I think I picked it up for $5 at Grocery outlet) because 2ndary labels are starting to flood the market.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Summer Books : Read This One on the Beach

I know its Labor Day weekend the three days you pick up the book that has been on your nightstand all summer but never the time to sit down and read.
I loved this book regardless of where I was but so happy I found it.
I found it at the new AmazonBooks at Santana Row  which is an experience for Prime Members which is great but I did find a good book!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Head South For The Winter?

I want to go.

Anywhere where I can afford.

Oz is great but I am not kidding myself its a mere mirage of a miracle that I still reside here.

So I was invited to head back to Santa Barbara. I may head that direction in part there is a few wine events I have been told about.

Yet, the next four months look to be packed for everywhere South 101.

From Paso Robles Harvest to San Luis Obispo County Calendar  there is a lot to do.

So why am I still stuck trying to go North?