Thursday, March 12, 2015

Winey Tasting Notes: No Coincidence Here! Red Diamond Chardonnay

Red Diamond ChardonnayIn wine, there are no coincidences. If someone mentions a wine to you, and you are destined to sip it, the universe will conspire to get you that wine.

That's what happened to me with recently with Red Diamond Chardonnay! It all started when The Winey Family was in Arizona. We met up with a friend of mine from college, who had moved to Phoenix about a year ago. We had a wonderful dinner with her and her husband, sharing college memories (she knew The Winey Hubby from college, too), talking about Arizona, kids and of course at some point, the talk turned to wine. It helped that our waitress had some great suggestions for us, and when we were unsure about a few of the ones she mentioned, she brought over samples for us. So of course we were going to talk about wine!

My friend happened to mention a wine that she had recently tried by the name of Red Diamond. I recorded her recommendation on the notes in my phone and then pretty much proceeded to forget about it. I had canyons to hike after we left Phoenix.

Iphone note - Red Diamond ChardonnayFlash forward to a few weeks later. I'm in Trader Joe's looking for a white wine and I notice a wine from Washington State with a red diamond shape on its label. Hmm....hadn't I heard about a red diamond something or other recently? But where...... for some inspired reason I took out my phone to check any notes I may have written (I do keep a running "wines to try" list on my phone) and there it was!! From January 26th....Red diamond wine. Bingo!! I took it as a sign and grabbed a bottle.

Red Diamond Chardonnay (2013, 13.5%, Washington state) starts out with a nose of pineapple. At first taste, you'll get flavors of red apple and pineapple. Following those comes some creamy vanilla and oak. This wine had a wonderful "mouth feel" to it - round and creamy and full. If you like your Chardonnay classic and creamy and rich, buy this wine! And to make it even more enticing: you can find it for under $10 a bottle. (I found it at a number of other wine sellers in my area, not just TJ's.)

So, can you see how one little mention during a dinner dozens of states away from me resulted in finding a yummy new wine? No coincidence here, I was meant to try it. Good wine karma, huh?

Cheers!

Pin It

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Winey Tasting Notes: The Empty Nest Series: Chloe Chardonnay

Chloe Collection Chardonnay Since the Winey Nest has become a Winey Empty Nest, I have dedicated a new series of wine reviews to the children who will never leave for college and career: The Winey Doggies. They are a pair of little characters: Chloe, an 11 year old Maltese and Rory, a 2 year old mostly Maltese (she has 1/4 Shih Tzu in her, hence her black and white coloring). These two girls are my constant companions in the Winey house (I mean that literally sometimes...Rory has come to see me as her own private couch whenever I sit down) and are without a doubt the best little doggies in the world. (Please note that I am NOT dismissing your own Winey doggies and their shot at being best in the world. But if you are a dog person, you know where I'm coming from. As the folks at The Westminster Dog Show say, "Best in show is the dog sitting next to you on the couch." And they are right!)

I was thrilled to find out that The Chloe Wine Collection decided to name themselves after our older dog. Ahem. I first tried their Chloe Pinot Grigio and loved it. So I was anxious to sip on the Chardonnay. While the Pinot Grigio is from Italy, the Chardonnay is from California's Sonoma County. And it does my Chloe and Sonoma County proud.

Chloe Chardonnay (2012, 13.5%, Sonoma Co.) is a pretty translucent gold color with aromas of white grapes, pears and cinnamon. The taste is classic Chardonnay: pear and vanilla and cinnamon with a touch of mellow oak to finish it all off. The finish was smooth and lingering and it felt creamy and full in my mouth. Another winner for Chloe.  A little refresher course here: according to the Chloe Collection website, the word "chloe" is an ancient word that means "blooming". That's just what this wine did - it started off with the pear flavor and then bloomed into the vanilla and cinnamon spices and opened up fully at the end, adding in the oakiness.  Another great one from the Chloe folks. And at $12.99, it's very affordable. Buy this if you like your Chardonnay lightly oaked and full of flavor as opposed to big and oakey and buttery.

dog on pillows
Chloe on her pillows.
dogs on pillows
Rory watching Chloe on
her pillows!
My Chloe (the one not in the bottle) was happy to hear that I liked another of her namesake wines. She showed her happiness by.....taking a nap. You see, at 11 years old, Chloe is starting to slow down a bit, and she has recently come through a health scare that had us all very worried. She has seen so many vets and specialist vets that The Winey Hubby and I have decided one of our Winey Children should go into that field simply to make house calls for us. OK, so neither of them is even close to showing any inclination to be a veterinarian, but that is beside the point. Now, she was never a spitfire type of dog. No squirrels were chased, no holes dug. Her greatest pleasure as a puppy and young dog was to roll on her back and have her tummy rubbed. And to sit on your lap or, if that wasn't possible, so push her little doggie butt up against a human butt and burrow in. She still loves tummy rubs, but with her new frailty, one of her favorite spots is now atop two big throw pillows in the corner of the couch. She is and always will be a total and complete love of a dog,  and to see her so frail these days touches my heart with a sadness that only another dog lover can understand.

So cheers to Chloe - the wine and the wonderful, wonderful dog.

Pin It