Wine: Fetzer Riesling (white)


At Fetzer, we’ve been committed to environmental responsibility for over a quarter century. Because we believe sustainable practices not only make for a healthier planet ÔÇô they make for better wines.

Riesling comes in many styles, and its popular enough that some call it the new Chardonnay. We just call it good. Our personal style blends fruit from cooler areas of California to create a wine both rich and floral, pale yellow in color with aromas of pear and apricot. In the glass, you’ll taste peaches and apricots, a gracious invitation to sit a spell and enjoy with friends.

Our Riesling is delicate, yet full of fruit forward flavors and aromas. There are aromas of dried fruit, lemon, lavender, jasmine and rose petal. In the mouth, the crisp acidity balances this well structured wine with flavors of peaches, pineapple and pear that lead to a smooth rich, mellow finish.

Another week, another stab at picking a tasty white wine.

I grabbed this bottle of Fetzer Riesling simply due to it’s label: I love sustainable items made in the U.S. And it’s a Riesling – I love a good Riesling. ­čÖé

The Fetzer was good – not great but good. It has a very nice fruity/flowery smell and I could taste apples and peaches. The Fetzer Riesling was sweet with a slight tartness when it first hits your tongue.

Sadly, the Fetzer was a little too sweet for me and hubby I paired it with a mild fish taco platter and the pairing worked ok. It didn’t quite have the flavor I wanted for sipping but I still enjoyed it. I did enjoy the Fetzer but not really enough to repurchase (except for the sustainability thing).

Wine: Chateau Ste Michelle 2012 Gew├╝rztraminer (white)


This Gew├╝rztraminer is such an enjoyable wine with beautiful, expressive fruit and clove spice. This is a lush style of Gew├╝rztraminer with a lot of floral character, yet it still maintains the grapeÔÇÖs natural crisp acidity. A touch of Muscat offers citrus notes and a deeper spice note. Try this wine with Thai food or any cuisine with a little ÔÇťbiteÔÇŁ to it.ÔÇŁ


Gosh. I think I’m just a Chateau Ste Michelle kind of girl. This Gew├╝rztraminer was delicious and I quite enjoyed it.

I was surprised at the spiciness of the Gew├╝rztraminer – it had the faint hint of sweetness of the Riesling but a serious bite of spiciness that wasn’t dry. I think this Gew├╝rztraminer will go deliciously with a spicy poultry or fish dish.

I didn’t pair the Gew├╝rztraminer with a food dish, hubby and I just sipped this while watching a bit of TV. I honestly think that I might have enjoyed this a little better with food – the spicy taste called for something to go with it.

Wine: Dreamfish Sauvignon Blanc (White)


“Racy passionfruit, tangerine and gooseberry flavours are graceful and elegant, with a lovely, alive mouth feel and a medium body. A zingy acidity adds to the elegance, and the flavours echo on the finish.”

The bright, fresh, beautiful balance of the Dreamfish Sauvignon Blanc combined with its zippy acidity and fruit make it the perfect companion for countless vegetables, herbs, fish and chicken concoctions. Where to begin? At this incredible price, you don’t have to choose; try all of your options… The Dreamfish is a lovely, refreshing aperitif on its own, or with a big bowl of just-made guacamole. Because it works so well with herbs and herb sauces, a terrific vegetarian option is linguine with pesto. This Sauvignon Blanc is great at showcasing pure ingredients; we love it with a simply grilled fresh swordfish steak. This Dreamfish’s bright, clean nature allows it to counter cream and butter brilliantly. Whip up some creamy, garlic-smashed potatoes to that end, and serve them with an indulgent platter of fried chicken. Delicious. If you’re ordering in, Pad Thai is great with the juicy side of the wine, and its citrus fruit notes. And finally, the bone dry palate of this wine makes it a natural with many cheeses. Open another bottle and serve it with a delicious American Catskill goat cheese for the finale of the meal. It boasts a beautiful fresh flavor which is enhanced by the soft, luscious rind, making it ideal for this Dreamfish. You’ll want to get out your big summer sipping glasses for this phenomenally delicious value, winelovers!!

Well, it wasn’t my favorite. I struggle with whites and I always prefer a sweeter flavor with less acidity than I received with this Sauvignon Blanc. I can’t say for sure if it’s me or if it was the wine. Blancs and pinots (and Zinfandels!) have never resonated with me. I just haven’t been able to teach myself to enjoy dry wines.

The Dreamfish was certainly bright and it had a slightly fruity taste with a serious bite (to me). I didn’t pair the Dreamfish with anything, just a nice night on the deck with hubby.

My husband really enjoyed the Dreamfish (a lot more than I) so I will purchase this again – maybe I can develop a taste for it.

Wine: Anew Riesling (White)


Opening with aromas of bright fruit, subtle spice and citrus, Anew Riesling offers a harmonious blend of pure fruit flavor, heightened aromatics and balanced acidity. Expressive flavors of fresh peach and a hint of spice give this wine a crisp, refreshing essence.

This wine is perfect on its own or paired with food. Try it with spicy Asian dishes, smoked salmon, lobster salad, pasta with light sauces and blue cheese.

The 2012 Anew Riesling was sourced from vineyards throughout the state of Washington, one of the most highly-acclaimed Riesling regions in the world. Grapes were sourced from vineyards in the Columbia Valley, Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope and Yakima Valley. The blend is almost entirely Riesling, with just a touch of Gewurztraminer and Muscat to bring spice to the palate. A warm summer and cool fall allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly, giving the wine a purity of fruit flavor and balanced acidity. 2012 was an ideal season for growing RieslingÔÇöwarm through the summer and then cooling down through fall, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. As a result the wines have a lovely purity of fruit combined with a nice balance of acidity.

Well would you look at this. Another wine post. ­čÖé I’m trying to be better.

I picked up this Riesling on a humbug this week. I originally planned to look for a nice red to pair with an ethnic dish but grabbed this since my Mother-in-Law is in town. She rarely (if ever) drinks so I needed something light and airy.

I decided to pair this with one of my husband’s favorite dishes: Crispy Rum Salmon. It was delicious. I felt the Anew was very light and refreshing with no alcoholic aftertaste. It’s a little fruity and a little flowery with a hint of crispness. My MIL also seemed to enjoy the quarter cup that she tried. My husband said he thought it was a good match for the meal and he liked it quite a bit. It didn’t supplant the Chateau Ste Michelle but it’s a good option.

Wine: Treana (White)


The name Treana symbolizes a trinity of natural elements- the sun, the soil, and the ocean-elements that make Paso Robles, and the rest of the Central Coast, an exceptional area for growing wine grapes.

The Treana wines are our signature blends. The Treana Red is a blend of two varieties that thrive in Paso Robles: Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Treana White is a blend of Viognier and Marsanne, two varieties indigenous to the Rhone Valley in France that are well suited to the cooler areas of the Central Coast.

2012 Treana White 2012
This white Rhone blend displays varietal characteristics of Marsanne and Viognier; vibrant floral aromas of citrus blossom and jasmine are followed by elegant flavors of ripe stone fruit, hints of pear, pineapple and honey overtones. A wine of excellent balance and complexity, the Treana White will age beautifully over the next decade.

I’ve really been slacking on the “Wine” portion of this blog. What can I say? I have a tendency to drink more wine than I actually write about. ­čÖé I have tons of photos on my phone where I’ve planned a wine post but never get around to it. In order to combat this, I will *try* to make myself write about at least 1 bottle of wine a month (but I’m going to try for 2 a month). We’ll see.

I’m still in the search for the perfect White. My husband is a more of a White drinker while I prefer Reds. And since I buy most of all things consumable in my home, its on me to curate a selection of wines that both of us will enjoy. Which is how we came to this bottle of Treana.

I paired this Treana with a slightly spicy Mexican dish and I thought it was almost perfect. In fact, I think it could have handled an even spicier dish. The Treana was refreshing with a hint of sweetness and a small bite. As the wine warmed the sweetness was even more pronounced. Delicious.

My husband wasn’t quite as fond of this as I expected. I think he was expecting a bit more sweetness and a little less bite – he told me he thought it was a little dry for his tastes.

I’m going to have to ponder this one. I enjoyed the bottle quite a bit but hubby wasn’t a fan. I’m not sure if I’ll buy it again – maybe the next time I’m making something super spicy.

Wine: Chateau Ste Michelle – 05/08/13

My husband and I had a wonderful salmon dinner last night. We had Crispy Bourbon Salmon, Basmati Rice with Sweet Onions and Summer Herbs and sauteed spinach with garlic. I decided to pair this with a Riesling because – thus far – that’s my favorite white. I knew I wanted something that wasn’t too sweet and while I really enjoy Relax, I had a feeling it would be too sweet for this meal.

When I decided to make salmon for dinner I already had this bourbon recipe in mind. I made sure to get all the ingredients I needed on my regular grocery shopping expedition. Except…I forgot one thing: I don’t really drink dark liquors so I had no clue what my husband had in the liquor cabinet. I already had the rice going when I turned to start the sauce for the salmon. That’s when I find out: there’s no bourbon. O_O So I look up bourbon and find out it’s a type of whiskey. I go back to the liquor cabinet and…there’s no whiskey. ­čśŽ But there is rum! So I spend like 10 mins googling to see if I could substitute rum for bourbon. About to give up in frustration, I got the bright idea to check the site I got the damn recipe from. Right there in the comments: yes, it’s cool. >.>
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Relax Riesling 03/30/13

relax riesling Riesling is one of the few white wines that I really like. I don’t like dry wines – so I mostly avoid whites. Hubby prefers whites so…we buy what I want most of the time, lol. This one is more for him. We tasted it when we went to a seafood restaurant during Lent and both of us liked it. When I saw someone purchasing a bottle recently, I had to get one for hubby (and me!).

This particular riesling is a sweet wine though the bottle says it’s “medium sweet.” I think I like the spicier ones the most but the sweet ones are good, too. The color is a nice golden yellow and – while its pretty sweet (which to me means it has a low alcohol content) – the legs *I think* are pretty strong. It smells pretty strongly of fruit. I’m not good enough to tell which kinds but I think I smell apples and pears.*

*The bottle says apples, peaches and a hint of citrus