Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sauce Culinary Travel

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I am beyond impressed by Adam Boles and Sauce Culinary Travel! In preparation for my upcoming trip to Napa, I thought I'd be getting a list of recommended wineries and restaurants from Adam. Instead, I just received a personalized and very detailed nine page guide with a mobile map that includes all of the locations. Incredible!

Adam's depth of knowledge and passion for wine, food, and hospitality are reflected in his work and company. His thoughtful suggestions take into account my preferences and personality. I'm completely blown away and am so excited for my trip!

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Valmorena Barbera d'Asti 2015, Italy - $13


Purchased this wine for $13 a bottle at Costco. It's a bit earthy, tart like cherries, and dry on the finish. It's not my favorite wine.

Ste. Michelle Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Columbia Valley, WA - $11


I purchased this Ste. Michelle Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (made by Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery) at Costco for $11 a bottle. It's dark and rich without being oaky. Delicious!

Albero Organic Bobal Rosé Wine 2016, Valencia, Spain - $6


This Albero Organic Bobal Rosé 2016 is so pretty in pink! It smells and tastes like raspberries and cherries, and has a dry tart finish.

I purchased it for $6 a bottle at Trader Joe's. I'd buy it again, but for just $2 more I prefer the Casal Garcia Vinho Verde Rosé NV

Casal Garcia Vinho Verde Rosé NV, Portugal - $8


This Vinho Verde Rosé from Casal Garcia is non-vintage. It's light, fresh, slightly effervescent, and reminiscent of strawberries. I love the gorgeous pink hue and the low alcohol content (only 9.5%).

I purchased this wine at Trader Joe's for $8 a bottle. Yum!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Disruption Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Columbia Valley, Washington - $15


This Disruption Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is wonderful! Dark, chocolaty, and dry with firm tannins, it is pure delight! Love!

I purchased this wine for $15 a bottle at Costco. Great selection there right now!

Château la Liquière Faugères les Amandiers 2016, Faugères, France - $11


This rosé is one of my everyday go to wines. It's got hints of red fruit and cassis and is not as light as I expected. A definite change from last year's vintage.

I purchased this wine for $11 a bottle at the Austin Wine Merchant.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Broadbent Vinho Verde Rosé NV, Vinho Verde, Portugal


This beautifully pink Broadbent Vinho Verde Rosé NV is fabulous! It's crisp and light with just a hint of strawberry and effervescence. It's a non-vintage wine, and I love the fact that it's only 10% alcohol! This is another to buy again!

This was brought to us by a friend so I'm not sure where she purchased it.

Pinot Nero Blauburgunder 2015, Alto Adige, Italy - $17.99


This Pinot Nero Blauburgunder 2015 is nice - dry and fruity with a little acidity on the end.

I purchased it at Austin Wine Merchant for $17.99 a bottle.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

WillaKenzie Estate Gisèle Pinot Noir 2013, Willamette Valley, OR - $13

I'm loving the Pinot Noir selection at Costo right now!


This fabulous WillaKenzie Estate Gisèle Pinot Noir 2013 is estate grown and certified sustainable - yay! I am really enjoying its light and fresh taste, along with its grounded, not-too-acidic, and slightly chocolaty finish. It should be very food friendly, although I'm enjoying it as dessert after dinner. There's also a slight hint of flint - to some of you it may read gunpowder, and to others it'll register as minerality. Either way, it's yummy!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Mexican Orzo Salad - Recipe

I had to think of a fast, easy, and delicious recipe for a potluck event that fit into a Mexican theme. I don't have much experience cooking Mexican food, and quesadillas and shrimp cocktail were already on the table, so I found this wonderful Mexican Orzo Salad recipe online. For the original recipe, click here. See my version of the recipe below.

Prep: 1 hour
Marinating Time: 2 hours
Servings: 8

  • 1 16 oz package organic orzo pasta
  • 2 small organic bell peppers (any color), chopped
  • 1 pint organic cherry or baby heirloom tomatoes (any color), chopped
  • 1 bunch organic green onions, chopped
  • 1 small organic red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 15 oz can organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed until water runs clear
  • 1 15 oz can organic kidney beans, drained and rinsed until water runs clear
  • 1 15 oz can organic black beans, drained and rinsed until water runs clear
  • 8 oz organic whole kernel corn
  • 1 cup chopped organic cilantro leaves
  • organic sea salt to taste
  • freshly-ground organic pepper to taste
  • 5 organic limes, juiced
  • 6 T organic extra virgin olive oil
  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the orzo, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 2 minutes less than the instructions on the package.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, prep all of the ingredients. The veggies, beans, and cilantro can go into one large bowl. The salt, pepper, lime juice, and oil should go into a cup with a spout - mix this well with a small whisk.
  3. Drain the orzo and place it in a large salad bowl. Fold in the combined veggies, beans, and cilantro. Pour the mix of the salt, pepper, lime juice, and EVOO over the salad.
  4. Toss to coat, and refrigerate at least 2 hours to let the flavors marinate before serving.
  5. Can be served cold or at room temperature.
  • Choose the peppers and tomatoes based on freshness. You already have green (green onions, cilantro), yellow (corn), and purple (red onion, kidney beans) in the color palate, so you'll want some red and orange, which you can find in both peppers and tomatoes.
  • As I mentioned, I needed a fast recipe. I didn't get a chance to allow this to marinate at all, and it tasted fine. It was much better the next day, but it was still delicious the first night at the event.