Monday, May 21, 2012

Grove Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc

This past mothers day my mom took a drive out from Myrtle Beach to visit my sister in Greensboro NC where she is going to school.  My sister made reservations at Grove Winery and Vineyard for a tasting and tour and this is their experience. 

By: Lauren Pereira
Grove Winery and Vineyards in Haw River Vally, North Carolina is located conveniently northeast of the city of Greensboro. The Vineyard is off the beaten trail, but not difficult to locate. The vineyard serves as a great get-a-way with the winery nestled between the vineyard and a large pond with a deck to overlook the water. The wine is all harvested and cultivated on the premises and is sold locally as well as shipped internationally. I easily found the information for this exceptional vino haven on the internet and was pleased to hear they had a special mothers day wine tasting. The tasting included a choice between a sweet menu or a dry menu. Each menu included three wines which were each carefully paired with a hand-made chocolate truffle crafted by Greensboro pastry chef, Julie Watson. Although this pairing was a special mothers day event, Grove has many different events on their schedule, check it out today!

Appearance:  Bright cherry red. 
Smell:  Oakey on the nose with a nice balance of fruit
Taste:  Oakey, fruity, most notably cranberry
Feel:  Medium bodied, tannins are soft
Overall:   Paired well with the cabernet granache chocolate!
Grade: A

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Home Brewed BEER!

For a while now my good friend Kevin and I have been talking about brewing our own beer.  Finally we bought the materials needed to brew our own beer!  We went with an intermediate prepackaged beer kit from The Grape and Granary.   They had a so many beer kits to choose from it was like heaven!  We decided to go with the grape and granary Summer Ale. Here are some pictures of us bottling the beer.  I must say the whole process was a lot of fun and I cannot wait to taste it!  @Grapeandgranary

5 Gallons of BEER!

They say 2 weeks and its good to drink but the more time you give it the better it will taste, so we decided on 3 weeks until we crack open the first brewski. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Cerveza Pacífico Clara

Wow the month of May is flying by!!!! Emerson has been keeping us busy, especially Meg. She does such a wonderful job with her, it's amazing. On cinco de Mayo Meg and wanted to do something fun so we decided to make these smokey bean burritos with chorizo, carne asada, Mexican cilantro rice, and the most amazing mexican twice baked sweet potatoes topped with this orange cream. For drinks I wanted to splurge on some tequila but Meg wanted some beer so we went with Cerveza Pacifico Clara. Here is our thoughts.

Appearance: Clear, pale, yellow with little to no head that disapates almost instantly.
Smell: Corn, grain...kinda blah
Taste: Slightly bitter, corn, grainy
Feel: Light, thin feel with a decent amount of carbonation.
Overall: It's nice to change things up just so at least you can say you tried it... Next time I think I might stick with another Mexican beer.
Grade: C

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Wild Turkey Honey Infused

I was at the package store at the beginning of the week checking out some of the beer and wine options and found myself down the tequila, rum and whiskey aisle.  It was a Monday so I figured with the long week ahead it might be a good investment...  I am a big fan of Jack and Jim so I opted to go for something I normally don't buy.  Wild Turkey Honey caught my eye so I figured why not.

I have got to say it is pretty delicious especially mixed with Coke Zero.  It has that Whiskey burn however a sweetness to it that really goes along way, even Meg thought it wasn't that bad...and she usually cringes at the idea of Whiskey.

If you have the chance check it out, you may opt for the Jack and Honey also a great option.