Recently I have had the good fortune of being invited to several wine events. I have found five new wines to add into my rotation. Disclaimer, I don’t know a ton about wine, though I am trying to learn. What I do know, is that these five wines were easy to drink, affordable,paired well with foods and didn’t give me a massive headache. If those criteria meet your wine requirements, read on!
This was the first wine I was introduced to at Whole Foods Market by my friend Jodi. I had shared that I liked really cold wine, that was crisp and (appleish) and that went well with food. She recommended this, I believe it’s under $15, I bought it and I haven’t looked back. It is SUPER food friendly, gets nice and cold fast and I really love to drink it in the Summer.
I was introduced to this wine when I attended an Instagram meet up at Goddess And Grocer. This Rosé was light, easy to drink and kind of just fun. (I know that’s not a way to describe wine, but it was) The host had picked it out for us and later in the store I noticed that it was well under $20. I feel like this is a wine I could drink all year round, but it definitely could be your “go-to” Summer drink.
I was contacted by a wine distributer called Kaskadia Wine Merchants offering a collaboration. In exchange for some love on my blog and social media they would send me a wine they would help me choose. After emailing with them they sent me this and they hit the nail on the head with this one. I am not going to use the right words, but I liked this wine because though it was sweeter than I usually go for, it had this tingling effect on my tongue that mellowed out the sweetness. I enjoyed this wine so much I drank the whole bottle in one sitting. Nice buzz too, and literally no headache the next day. I made a bacon and bleu cheese savory cheesecake that I paired the wine with and it was perfection. For a light white, cold wine, I could still see enjoying this one in the Fall and Winter when you aren’t in the mood for Reds.
Ironically this is another wine I was introduced to thanks to Goddess & Grocer. They hosted a wine pairings class and this was one of the featured wines. The lady who was teaching us was such a riot that she convinced me to love this wine. I didn’t want to like it, I say I don’t like reds, but I sipped it for her benefit and the longer I did the more I liked it. In fact I liked it so much, I bought a bottle when I left. $20 for a whole liter. I brought it home and chilled it as she suggested and I tell you, I LOVED it. I can’t wait to buy more. Great sipping, mellow wine for those low-key nights that you want a buzz but don’t want to get wild.
I am having a love affair with this wine right now. I was introduced to this wine by a friend at a dinner she hosted with the winery, just last night in fact. They are located in Southwest Michigan. I hear wines from this area are known for being sweet, which I hate but these ARE NOT! I enjoyed every wine they offered. But two that really stood out were their Unoaked Chardonnay and The Cabernet Franc. In fact we were allowed to choose a bottle to take home and I chose the Cabernet Franc. I cannot wait to enjoy it. They are doing so many unique things at Dablon. Check out the link above to see more of what they have going on! If you’re in the Chicagoland area you can get Dablon Wine at these places around town: Enolo Wine Cafe, Farmhouse – Evanston, Music Box Theatre, Gene’s Sausage Shop, Revival Social Club, Schaefer’s Wines, Roger’s Park Social & Provisions, Wine Knows Grayslake, Savway Liquors