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Her Shot: Get To Know Chardonnay

Her Shot / December 4, 2016 / No Comments.

giphyLet’s start off with why everyone should learn more about chardonnay: it’s everywhere. Literally. Planes, weddings, work events, Applebee’s; you name it, they serve it. Despite having a bad wrap as a crappy white wine, chard was very popular in the ’80s and ’90s. That’s when the “chard boom” began, infiltrating the wine market. We’re here to end chard’s bad rep.

So let’s keep an open mind here, people. What has chardonnay ever done to you? Look past the ripping headache it gives you the next morning. (Let’s face it- no matter what kind of wine you drink, if it’s under $15, you’re going to be feeling it tomorrow). Here are some interesting facts about the infamous white wine:

1) The chardonnay has been produced for centuries, but it really made headlines when a California chard beat a French one in the 1976 Judgement in Paris. That made the plantings in Cali skyrocket by 1,000%. Currently 40k acres worldwide grow the specific grape. Chard ain’t going anywhere fast.

2) Chardonnay is one of the grapes used in champagne. You can even get a bubbly that is 100% chardonnay (called blanc de blanc). We’re willing to give it a try this NYE.

3) This wine is popular among celebrities. It’s a favorite of Alanis Morissete, Jeff Gordon and Kurt Russell. Isn’t it ironic? And if that isn’t enough to win you over- chardonnay has its own branded bottles from shows like Downtown Abbey and Duck Dynasty.

4) Pinto is part of chardonnay’s family tree. DNA testing has confirmed that there are pinot vines in one of chard’s parents. #FamGoals

5) It can be very expensive. Four out of the five most expensive bottles of white wine ever sold were all made from chardonnay. All came from the France’s Burgundy region, chard’s birthplace, and the prices ranged from $1,000 to $6,000 per bottle. We don’t recommend ordering this on the first date.

Next time you’re walking down the wine aisle, give chardonnay a chance. We think you might actually love it.


Her Shot: When Comfort Food Met Wine…

Her Shot / November 9, 2015 / No Comments.


Hibernation season will soon be upon us, and you know what that means: it’s time to bulk up. On comfort food that is. In the cold months, we spend our days fantasizing about mashed potatoes, and our nights dreaming of baked mac & cheese. And in the moments we choose to indulge in these vices, we should go all the way. In other words, the next time you whip up a delicious meatloaf, grab a bottle of wine to go with it.

Since you may not know the exact wine to pair with your comfort food of choice, we’ve put together a guide to lead you in the right direction. Just remember to keep an open mind.

Baked Mac & Cheese

When it comes to this cheesy delicacy, Pinot Noir is the name of the game. The heavy, rich consistency of the mac & cheese will contrast nicely with a lighter-bodied wine like this.


Again, with a dense dish, pairing a rather light wine is the way to go. But this time, we suggest a Malbec. The fruity undertones should go very well with your typical meatloaf flavoring.

Grilled Cheese

In the existence of the earth, there are few things better than cheese and bread (obviously excluding alcohol). So putting them together makes the Grilled Cheese one of our all time favorite comfort foods. Try pairing it with something sparkling, whether it’s Champagne, Moscatto, Cava, or even a Sparkling Rose.

Steak Frites

Syrah is the ideal pair for this gourmet comfort food. The tannins in the red wine go great with the fats in the steak, and it’ll absolutely have your mouth watering.

Mashed Potatoes

The only time that it’s okay to eat mashed potatoes as a meal is if you make it a meal by pairing it with an un-oaked Chardonnay. But be careful with this one–it might be hard to stop yourself once you get started. This pair is just that good.

Enjoy these beautiful tales of partnership as each of these combos continues to tell its own love story, expressed through taste.


Perfect Pairs

Featured Story / January 20, 2015 / No Comments.


There are some who believe that wine is to be enjoyed in between tastes of fine cuisine. There are others who will tell you that wine is for sweatpants and junk food. We belong to the second school of thought. If your idea of a wine night is catching up on your Netflix shows with your hand covered in artificial cheese dust then have we got the list for you:

Popcorn and Chardonnay: The popcorn brings out the buttery and toasty flavors in the Chardonnay that would otherwise go unnoticed as you drank straight from the bottle.

French Fries and Riesling: Balance out the acidity even though you can’t balance on two feet.

Pizza and Chianti: A juicy and light wine is the perfect match for the large pizza you’re planning to house all by yourself.

Cool Ranch Doritos and Rose: Just trust us on this one.

Sit back, gain weight, and get drunk.


Wine Spectator’s Top 10 Wines of 2014

Our Stories / November 23, 2014 / No Comments.

Epcot-Food-and-Wine-Fest_001Every year since 1988, Wine Spectator has released its “Top 100 Wines” list where editors sift through thousands of entries to compile the most exciting and renowned wines of the year. Among the 18,000 submissions editors tasted in 2014, only those mastering magnificent quality, value and availability made the cut. We’ll walk you through the top 10 wines on the list, then you can choose for yourself which selection to consider when completing your holiday shopping:

1. Dow’s 2011 Vintage Port ($82)

The champion of the list, Dow’s vintage port had an ideal growing season, allowing buyers to covet the mere 2,000 cases imported to the US (out of 5,000 total cases). This wine hails from the Symington family, who’s been producing port since 1882. Not overly sweet, Dow’s vintage port combines dark fruit, chocolate, and spice flavors to create a true representation of a modern style port.

2. Mollydooker’s Shiraz McLaren Vale Carnival of Love 2012 ($75)

We’re not surprised Carnival of Love made number two, as this is Mollydooker’s 6th appearance in the top 100 list, and the third time in the top 10. This wine’s bold flavor is balanced by its rich texture, and further complimented by notes of red berry, black cherry and cardamom.

3. Prats & Symington’s Douro Chryseia 2011 ($55)

This elegant red is aged in 100% new French oak barrels, providing its reputation as a high-quality table red wine. Flavors of red plum, raspberry and dark currents are counteracted by notes of black olive and chocolate, and completed with a strong finish reminiscent of white pepper.

4. Quinta Do Vale Meao’s Douro 2011 ($76)

Quinta Do Vale Meao’s use of native Portuguese grapes has created this tannin rich, seductive red. Utilizing an array of dark fruit, this wine contains notes of cream and spice with hints of molten chocolate and a mineral-like finish.

5. Leeuwin’s Chardonnay Margaret River Art Series 2011 ($89)

Besides its iconic, artistic label, this Chardonnay has a ripe, complex flavor that makes wine lovers yearn for a bottle from its very limited supply of 600 cases. A tart taste is mixed with tropical fruit such as pear and mango, while flowers and other spices supply a supple yet intense finish.

6. Castello di Ama’s Chianti Classico San Lorenzo Gran Selezione 2010 ($52)

Harvested and bottled in San Lorenzo, a small Tuscan valley with 50 acres of vines, this vibrant red combines leafy, woodsy flavors with notes of wild cherry, strawberry and rose. The finish is drawn-out, but rich from start to end.

7. Clos des Papes’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012 ($135)

Working with an organic process, the grapes for this wine were destemmed and aged in old oak barrels to produce its elegant yet powerful taste. Flavors of cherry and plum and notes of roasted apple-wood match its polished aroma. The finish is hefty, yet smooth, and has a subtle hint of licorice.

8. Brewer-Clifton’s Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills 2012 ($40)

Maintaining a consistent style for over 20 years of winemaking, Brew-Clifton’s technique provides a vibrant red with spicy tannins. The pinot noir’s pure and vivid taste clearly demonstrates the freshness of the fruit used in the process; wild berry and pomegranate respond well to notes of lavender, black tea and mint.

9. Concho y Toro’s Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Don Melchor 2010 ($125)

Being Chile’s largest wine company, its no question that Puente Alto can produce a top tier wine. Allowing the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to hang on vines longer than usual gives this wine its refined taste. Macerated cherry, creamy plum and a paprika tang mixes well with notes of cocoa powder to create a lush finish.

10. Chateau Leoville Las Cases’s St.-Julien 2011 ($165)

This Cabernet Sauvignon accounts for the greatest share of the 240-acre French estate is originates from. Having a core of crushed plum and blackberry, a charcoal-like texture and taste of iron balances the fruit flawlessly for a balanced finish.



Gettin’ Groovy with Groupon Wine

Our Stories / November 18, 2014 / No Comments.

20141021_Mix_HeroThat’s right, it’s true—the Chicago-based deal site launched a new, private wine collection through its ecommerce operation, Groupon Goods. The cat-themed wine label includes a range of four different wines, Snazzy Cat Chardonnay, Top Cat Merlot, Chatty Cat Cabernet Sauvignon, and Jazzy Cat Pinot Noir.

A part of Groupon’s holiday promotion, this elite wine assortment is bottled at Seattle’s Rainer Wine Company and, according to the company, “sourced from some of California’s best wine-growing regions.” It will be offered in packages of six bottles for $50, or a sample pack including all four wines.

Exclusively available on Groupon, each bottle contains complex, unique flavors:

Snazzy Cat Chardonnay: notes of melon, pear and apple combined with touches of cinnamon and vanilla for a creamy finish.

Top Cat Merlot: blackberries and plum counteract the rich sweetness of vanilla and spice for a versatile option.

Chatty Cat Cabernet Sauvignon: ripe cherry and berry balanced with flavors of mocha, black pepper, and sweet preserves offer a “soft expression of the grape.”

Jazzy Cat Pinot Noir: French and American oak adds a complex vanilla aroma to the taste of intense black cherry.

So what do you think—will you be buying exclusive­ booze from Groupon Goods?