Wine to Try - Fetzer Gewurtztraminer


It's another very-affordable and charming white! Oh, please, reader....run right out, buy six beautifully ripe peaches, a bit of really good dark chocolate, some nice Edam cheese and a bottle of Fetzer Gewurtztraminer!



Gewurtztraminer is a sweet white wine and a very difficult word to type. There is a distinct advantage in serving it, though, because you sound exactly the same when you pronounce the name, whether you haven't opened the bottle yet or if you've already polished off one and are starting a second. (Purely speculation, of course...)

I'd consider this a full Guzzle. Sweet without making me feel like diabetes is tapping me on the shoulder with every sip, I think it's a wonderful wine for anytime and ideal for autumn. Maybe if I start drinking it now, I can hurry the autumn and be done with the hot summer?

My disclaimer:
Bear in mind that no one connected with any of the wineries I might mention here knows who I am. Of course, if they appreciate what I have to say and want to forward along cases of wine, I won't mind. I won't hold my breath, waiting for that day, either. :-)

My rating system:
Sip: a nice wine, goes deliciously with (or IN) food. I enjoyed it.
Guzzle: my idea of a nice sociable wine. The kind of thing I am happy to drink out of cheap plastic cups, sitting around the campfire, or out of a cool stemless glass while enjoying the company of someone I care about.
White Elephant: it isn't like drinking kerosene, exactly, but does not suit my taste. I'll pass it along to someone who might like it. This rating will mean more to you if you agree with my Sip and Guzzle ratings!
Drain-O: this stuff could hurt someone, so I'll send it to the wastewater treatment plant, via the kitchen drain. Maybe it will disinfect the p-trap, while it's in there
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My 24-Hour Plate

Like you, I sometimes complain that my plate is too full.

But like you, my plate is 24 hours. No more, no less.

When I really think about it, I am content with the way I'm filling my plate.

A walk in the morning before the sun comes up. Some time to enjoy a cup of coffee with my Sweet Hubs before he leaves for work. And then some time to myself to get ready for my work day. A job I like, most days. :-) A team I am immensely grateful for, and a job that allows me to make a small difference, at least in their lives.

A quick drive home, and a dog that is so happy to see me when I get there. Time at day's end with my dearest. I have time to read and time to write. I goof around on DuoLingo, playing at Spanish. I might putter in the garden or throw together a casual dinner for the two of us. Or I might just sit in the driveway and drink beer like a redneck.

It's a simple plate, the one I keep fairly full. Just a little, countrified, rustic plate of living.


Give and Take


My parents had always told me that it was more blessed to give than to receive, and I believed them. But I didn't FEEL it. Even though I always enjoyed giving someone a gift, I didn't really get what they were saying.

Maybe it finally hit me when my oldest child came into the world. I don't know when it was, really, but at some point, I finally realized that I am happiest when I am giving something.

Caring for someone.

Creating something.

Making something better.

Solving a problem.

Lifting someone.

Encouraging someone.

Calming someone.

Feeding someone.

The things I do for myself are important, and they charge me for doing all the other things that must happen every day. But the things I do for other people or the world around me are the things that make me smile.

Even if all I am doing is feeding the incredible swarm of hummingbirds that hangs around my back porch, it pleases me to give.








Wine to Try



Oh. My. Holy. Lorna Doones!

I bought this wine at the Yolks supermarket in Sandpoint, Idaho (one of my favorite all-time grocers)...completely by accident! I was greedily scooping up all the Latah Creek Huckleberry D'Latah I could lay my grubby mitts on and also picked up all of the Maywine they had on the shelf.

At first, I was disappointed that I'd picked up some of the wrong thing. (Almost makes you want to reach for a tissue, doesn't it?). After all, I love their huckleberry wine: it's a little bit of Montana in a bottle to me and I try to haul as much of it home as I can. But then I opened a bottle of this accidental Maywine and my life was changed forever.

Well, OK. Maybe Latah Creek Maywine isn't exactly life-changing, but it is completely wonderful. It is sweet without being cloying, complex and still simple. This one ranks right up there with my favorite guzzles of all time. This is the wine you need to have in your glass if you're sitting on your summer porch in shorts and a tank top, watching the hummingbirds bicker over the feeder. It would also be the perfect wine for one of those sexy garden parties where everyone plays croquet and nibbles on cucumber sandwiches.

You can buy it from Amazon (full disclosure, I am an Amazon Associate), or you can call the winery in Spokane. Either way, please please PLEASE try some Maywine!




While you're buying, order some Huckleberry D'Latah, too!

 

Both of these lovely wines rate a total GUZZLE.



My disclaimer:
Bear in mind that no one connected with any of the wineries I might mention here knows who I am. Of course, if they appreciate what I have to say and want to forward along cases of wine, I won't mind. I won't hold my breath, waiting for that day, either. :-)

My rating system:
Sip: a nice wine, goes deliciously with (or IN) food. I enjoyed it.
Guzzle: my idea of a nice sociable wine. The kind of thing I am happy to drink out of cheap plastic cups, sitting around the campfire, or out of a cool stemless glass while enjoying the company of someone I care about.
White Elephant: it isn't like drinking kerosene, exactly, but does not suit my taste. I'll pass it along to someone who might like it. This rating will mean more to you if you agree with my Sip and Guzzle ratings!
Drain-O: this stuff could hurt someone, so I'll send it to the wastewater treatment plant, via the kitchen drain. Maybe it will disinfect the p-trap, while it's in there
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