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27th October 2012

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27th October 2012

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20th October 2012

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12th October 2012

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Could it be? Is autumn really here in Southern California? With the rainy evening last night, it sure felt like it was time for cozy season. Although it is supposed to be 88 degrees by Sunday, I decided to be inspired by the moment and chose to open a bottle of wine that would be appropriate for a chilly evening. 
This week’s feature wine is a malbec, one of my favorite varieties of red wine. 
The Argentinean wine is called La Finca. I chose this bottle of wine because I recently learned that I really enjoy the purple grape variety. 
Malbecs are generally a full bodied red wine that are on the drier side, but not nearly as dry as a chianti. This bottle of wine was actually not as dry as I was expecting. It was not as sweet as a merlot and not as dry as a cabernet sauvignon.
What I found interesting about the history of malbec’s is that the grapes were originally grown in France as a blending grape. However, when the European outbreak of phylloxera occurred, most of the grapes from France were transported to Argenitina.
In Argentina, the malbec grapes were no longer used as a blending grape. Malbec is the major red variety planted in Argentina and is most often bottled as a single varietal.
The malbec is a 2011 oak aged wine with hints of blackcurrant, vanilla and spices.
The wine would best be enjoyed with meat dishes and pasta with meat and tomato sauces. 
I always recommend a malbec as a crowd-pleasing red wine because people can enjoy it and not hate it whether they dislike dry wines or not.
This is a wine that I will be buying again, not only because it was enjoyable, but also because it was reasonably priced. The 12.5 percent alcohol containing wine is priced at $3.99.
Next week, I will explore something new. Until then, have some wine and relax; the weekend is here.

Could it be? Is autumn really here in Southern California? With the rainy evening last night, it sure felt like it was time for cozy season. Although it is supposed to be 88 degrees by Sunday, I decided to be inspired by the moment and chose to open a bottle of wine that would be appropriate for a chilly evening.

This week’s feature wine is a malbec, one of my favorite varieties of red wine.

The Argentinean wine is called La Finca. I chose this bottle of wine because I recently learned that I really enjoy the purple grape variety.

Malbecs are generally a full bodied red wine that are on the drier side, but not nearly as dry as a chianti. This bottle of wine was actually not as dry as I was expecting. It was not as sweet as a merlot and not as dry as a cabernet sauvignon.

What I found interesting about the history of malbec’s is that the grapes were originally grown in France as a blending grape. However, when the European outbreak of phylloxera occurred, most of the grapes from France were transported to Argenitina.

In Argentina, the malbec grapes were no longer used as a blending grape. Malbec is the major red variety planted in Argentina and is most often bottled as a single varietal.

The malbec is a 2011 oak aged wine with hints of blackcurrant, vanilla and spices.

The wine would best be enjoyed with meat dishes and pasta with meat and tomato sauces. 

I always recommend a malbec as a crowd-pleasing red wine because people can enjoy it and not hate it whether they dislike dry wines or not.

This is a wine that I will be buying again, not only because it was enjoyable, but also because it was reasonably priced. The 12.5 percent alcohol containing wine is priced at $3.99.

Next week, I will explore something new. Until then, have some wine and relax; the weekend is here.


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5th October 2012

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This week has been a warm one in southern California, leaving me thirsting for something refreshing.
While doing my bi-weekly shopping, I chose to go down the aisle where Italy meets rejuvenating and stumbled upon a wonderful dry white wine.
This week’s featured wine is none other than the Contadino Pinot Grigio.
 I am definitely no expert on Pinot Grigio’s but understand that they are one of the most popular Italian wines.
Pinot Grigio, also known as Pinot Gris, is produced from pinot grigio grapes, which are very similar to the grapes that make Pinot Noir wines, which is an Italian red wine. Early winemakers did not know whether to treat it as a red wine or white wine grape.
The secret to a good Pinot Grigio is picking the grapes as early as possible. As the grapes ripen, they lose a lot of the acidity.
Contadino Pinot Grigio comes from the Veneto.
The Italian import is a light, crisp dry white wine with hints of apples, melons, pears, and other citrusy and fruity tones. It has a soft finish.
It is a great wine to pair with pasta, salad, seafood, white meats and cheese or to have a glass on its own, as I am doing tonight.
The 2011 wine is exclusively sold to Trader Joe’s and is actually the best selling Pinot Grigio Trader Joe’s has on the market.
Contadino Pinot Grigio has a 12% alcohol level, and the wine is currently selling for a bargain of only $3.99, but the price fluctuates per market value.
While many might prefer a Pinot Grigio over a Sauvignon Blanc, I must say that I will choose the latter of the two. I think that a Sauvignon Blanc has a bolder body than the light Pinot Grigio, however I will definitely give this a try again, especially on a hot California day.
Next week, the weather is supposed to be a bit cooler, so I may lean for a red, but you never know out in Los Angeles!
Til then, have some wine and relax, the weekend is here.

This week has been a warm one in southern California, leaving me thirsting for something refreshing.

While doing my bi-weekly shopping, I chose to go down the aisle where Italy meets rejuvenating and stumbled upon a wonderful dry white wine.

This week’s featured wine is none other than the Contadino Pinot Grigio.


I am definitely no expert on Pinot Grigio’s but understand that they are one of the most popular Italian wines.

Pinot Grigio, also known as Pinot Gris, is produced from pinot grigio grapes, which are very similar to the grapes that make Pinot Noir wines, which is an Italian red wine. Early winemakers did not know whether to treat it as a red wine or white wine grape.

The secret to a good Pinot Grigio is picking the grapes as early as possible. As the grapes ripen, they lose a lot of the acidity.

Contadino Pinot Grigio comes from the Veneto.

The Italian import is a light, crisp dry white wine with hints of apples, melons, pears, and other citrusy and fruity tones. It has a soft finish.

It is a great wine to pair with pasta, salad, seafood, white meats and cheese or to have a glass on its own, as I am doing tonight.

The 2011 wine is exclusively sold to Trader Joe’s and is actually the best selling Pinot Grigio Trader Joe’s has on the market.

Contadino Pinot Grigio has a 12% alcohol level, and the wine is currently selling for a bargain of only $3.99, but the price fluctuates per market value.

While many might prefer a Pinot Grigio over a Sauvignon Blanc, I must say that I will choose the latter of the two. I think that a Sauvignon Blanc has a bolder body than the light Pinot Grigio, however I will definitely give this a try again, especially on a hot California day.

Next week, the weather is supposed to be a bit cooler, so I may lean for a red, but you never know out in Los Angeles!

Til then, have some wine and relax, the weekend is here.

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29th September 2012

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Summer is over and it is time for the wine blog to continue.
The summer was full of warm nights, days at the beach and outings with friends.
My summer beverage was not wine, but mojitos. I love a nice refreshing mojito in the hot summer.
However, fall is here. It may not feel like it from the 100-degree weather we have in Southern California, but it is still fall.
Generally as soon as September rolls around, I am ready for my pumpkin spice lattes, but it is still far too hot for them. 
Too hot for lattes, too summer’s over for mojitos, so it is time for a nice wine.
I walked through the wine aisle at Trader Joe’s and did not know what to try.  I stopped at the sparkling wine section and looked to see if there were any sparkling wines I had not yet tried,
I wanted a sparkling wine so that I could share with my roommates  (since I have to found that a lot of girls enjoy sparkling wine).  Sure enough there were quite a few bottles that I had not yet tried.
This week, I chose  Schloss Biebrich Demi Sec Sparkling Red wine.
The wine was a nice fruity, juicy, sparkling red wine. I enjoyed it as well as my roommates.
The wine is a blend of three red grapes and is imported from Germany. It has low alcohol content and is definitely sweet.
I think that this wine would be perfect for a dessert wine. I served it chilled after a long day of school and work, and we all appreciated the after dinner wine.
The wine has an 11.5% alcohol level. Because of the low alcohol level, my roommates that do not enjoy wine loved this pick.
The Schloss Beiebrich has a sister wine which is a sparkling white. Maybe next week?
Til then, have some wine and relax, the weekend is here.

Summer is over and it is time for the wine blog to continue.

The summer was full of warm nights, days at the beach and outings with friends.

My summer beverage was not wine, but mojitos. I love a nice refreshing mojito in the hot summer.

However, fall is here. It may not feel like it from the 100-degree weather we have in Southern California, but it is still fall.

Generally as soon as September rolls around, I am ready for my pumpkin spice lattes, but it is still far too hot for them. 

Too hot for lattes, too summer’s over for mojitos, so it is time for a nice wine.

I walked through the wine aisle at Trader Joe’s and did not know what to try.  I stopped at the sparkling wine section and looked to see if there were any sparkling wines I had not yet tried,

I wanted a sparkling wine so that I could share with my roommates  (since I have to found that a lot of girls enjoy sparkling wine).  Sure enough there were quite a few bottles that I had not yet tried.

This week, I chose  Schloss Biebrich Demi Sec Sparkling Red wine.

The wine was a nice fruity, juicy, sparkling red wine. I enjoyed it as well as my roommates.

The wine is a blend of three red grapes and is imported from Germany. It has low alcohol content and is definitely sweet.

I think that this wine would be perfect for a dessert wine. I served it chilled after a long day of school and work, and we all appreciated the after dinner wine.

The wine has an 11.5% alcohol level. Because of the low alcohol level, my roommates that do not enjoy wine loved this pick.

The Schloss Beiebrich has a sister wine which is a sparkling white. Maybe next week?

Til then, have some wine and relax, the weekend is here.

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1st June 2012

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It is week 10 of my Trader Joe’s wine blog.
So, this is technically the last blog I need to write for my class, but who knows. God knows I am going to be drinking wine in the summer, might as well keep writing…
So, given that this is my last mandatory blog, I wanted to choose a good wine…I always want to choose a good wine, but I really wanted a good one this time around.
I was wandering around in the Burbank TJ’s when I saw a customer asking for a case of a wine that was on a side stack in an aisle.
I, looking for some inspiration had to ask her what this was all about.
She said that this was a Rosé that her friend on the west side [of LA] was telling her about.
She said that Trader Joe’s was selling it for $2.99 a bottle, but the brand’s wines generally sell for over $9.99 and so the two were going to split a case.
This little bit of information sold me, I was quite curious.
This week’s featured wine is called Bonterra, a Mendocino County 2009 Rosé crafted from certified organically grown grapes.
Bonterra believes that organic grapes make better wine, so the company has been producing organically grown grapes since 1993. 
The wine is a dry, crisp complex and refreshing Rosé. In comparison to the syrups I have tasted before, I must say this is probably the first Rosé I could actually enjoy.
You know how sometimes we can be guilty of buying a wine with the intent that it will look pretty in a glass [this could be just me]? Anyways, this wine is just so pretty and pink in a wine glass, that you cannot help but admire the color of it.
I chilled my bottle as soon as I got home, and tasted some fruity flavors in the lingering finish.
Like I said, this bottle is being offered at a whopping $2.99, and from what I hear, it is a hustle buy [when the TJ’s warehouse runs out, you will never see it again]. 
I would recommend this wine so long as it lasts on the shelves. The wine has disappeared from the West Side, so get hunting!
Next week, I may or may not be posting…but check up on me anyway =]
Til then, have some wine and relax, the weekend is here.

It is week 10 of my Trader Joe’s wine blog.

So, this is technically the last blog I need to write for my class, but who knows. God knows I am going to be drinking wine in the summer, might as well keep writing…

So, given that this is my last mandatory blog, I wanted to choose a good wine…I always want to choose a good wine, but I really wanted a good one this time around.

I was wandering around in the Burbank TJ’s when I saw a customer asking for a case of a wine that was on a side stack in an aisle.

I, looking for some inspiration had to ask her what this was all about.

She said that this was a Rosé that her friend on the west side [of LA] was telling her about.

She said that Trader Joe’s was selling it for $2.99 a bottle, but the brand’s wines generally sell for over $9.99 and so the two were going to split a case.

This little bit of information sold me, I was quite curious.

This week’s featured wine is called Bonterra, a Mendocino County 2009 Rosé crafted from certified organically grown grapes.

Bonterra believes that organic grapes make better wine, so the company has been producing organically grown grapes since 1993.

The wine is a dry, crisp complex and refreshing Rosé. In comparison to the syrups I have tasted before, I must say this is probably the first Rosé I could actually enjoy.

You know how sometimes we can be guilty of buying a wine with the intent that it will look pretty in a glass [this could be just me]? Anyways, this wine is just so pretty and pink in a wine glass, that you cannot help but admire the color of it.

I chilled my bottle as soon as I got home, and tasted some fruity flavors in the lingering finish.

Like I said, this bottle is being offered at a whopping $2.99, and from what I hear, it is a hustle buy [when the TJ’s warehouse runs out, you will never see it again].

I would recommend this wine so long as it lasts on the shelves. The wine has disappeared from the West Side, so get hunting!

Next week, I may or may not be posting…but check up on me anyway =]

Til then, have some wine and relax, the weekend is here.

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22nd May 2012

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It is week 9 of my Trader Joe’s wine blog…
This week’s wine of choice is a Trader Joe’s Exclusive Sparkling wine.
I had issues deciding on what wine to choose this week because the weather channel told me it would be cold at the end of the week [usually when I find time for some wine], but as of now, it was just too warm to not want something refreshing.
So, when I want refreshing, I want something white, and I enjoy sparkling. I headed on over to the sparkling section of the wine department and instantly spotted this wine.
This Week’s wine is the 1591 Dolce Torrantes sparking wine of Argentina.
There is some history behind this wine, which is kind of interesting…
1591 is the year when Ramirez de Velazco founded the city of All Saints of La Nueva Rioja, which is in the province of La Rioja Argentina.
1591 Dolce is produced from 100% Torrontes Riojana Grapes grown in the Famatina Valley of Argentina. 
Torrontes is a characteristic of white wine grape of Argentina, which produces fresh, aromatic white wines.
The Torrontes grapes are harvested in the early fall (our spring) and are carefully watched during fermentation. The 100% natural proces creates both a sweetness from the sugars of the grapes and has a 7% alcohol content.
The wine has been 5 years in the making and is available for the first time in the United States.
It is light yellow and bubbly. It has a floral and fruity taste but is extremely refreshing.
I think that now that summer is just around the corner, this sparkling wine is perfect for summer gatherings. I would even put it in my sangria to get some bubbly in there.
The bottle is valued at $9.99, and is currently available at Trader Joe’s for $4.99, but it increases and decreases depending on the market.
Anyways, I would try it if you are looking for something light and refreshing. 
Next week, I will have something else summery…
Til then, have some wine and relax, the weekend is here.

It is week 9 of my Trader Joe’s wine blog…

This week’s wine of choice is a Trader Joe’s Exclusive Sparkling wine.

I had issues deciding on what wine to choose this week because the weather channel told me it would be cold at the end of the week [usually when I find time for some wine], but as of now, it was just too warm to not want something refreshing.

So, when I want refreshing, I want something white, and I enjoy sparkling. I headed on over to the sparkling section of the wine department and instantly spotted this wine.

This Week’s wine is the 1591 Dolce Torrantes sparking wine of Argentina.

There is some history behind this wine, which is kind of interesting…

1591 is the year when Ramirez de Velazco founded the city of All Saints of La Nueva Rioja, which is in the province of La Rioja Argentina.

1591 Dolce is produced from 100% Torrontes Riojana Grapes grown in the Famatina Valley of Argentina. 

Torrontes is a characteristic of white wine grape of Argentina, which produces fresh, aromatic white wines.

The Torrontes grapes are harvested in the early fall (our spring) and are carefully watched during fermentation. The 100% natural proces creates both a sweetness from the sugars of the grapes and has a 7% alcohol content.

The wine has been 5 years in the making and is available for the first time in the United States.

It is light yellow and bubbly. It has a floral and fruity taste but is extremely refreshing.

I think that now that summer is just around the corner, this sparkling wine is perfect for summer gatherings. I would even put it in my sangria to get some bubbly in there.

The bottle is valued at $9.99, and is currently available at Trader Joe’s for $4.99, but it increases and decreases depending on the market.

Anyways, I would try it if you are looking for something light and refreshing. 

Next week, I will have something else summery…

Til then, have some wine and relax, the weekend is here.

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19th May 2012

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It is the 8th week of the Trader Joe’s Wine Blog.

This week, I chose to try a Trader Joe’s exclusive wine

It is the 8th week of the Trader Joe’s Wine Blog.

This week, I chose to try a Trader Joe’s exclusive wine

12th May 2012

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So this should be week 7 of the trader Joe’e Wine blog.
However, this week, I was too busy for any wine, I was actually too busy for anything, really. I would say I averaged 3 hours of sleep each night, so I am exhausted, but still have no time to recuperate.
So, rather than talking about a wine that I did not drink, I will tell you about how my mother turned 50 on Wednesday.
My mother is definitely dramatic, so turning 50 definitely rung in some tears.
My picture above is a picture of my mother and me in Paris last summer. I chose to display this picture because it has to deal with my mom’s birthday present.
My present to her this year is a scrapbook of all of her photos from Paris.
I have not started this scrapbook, nor have I developed any pictures, but I have bought the necessary materials to make a scrapbook.
The reason this scrapbook will be such a great present has a lot to do with how my mom is incapable of understanding anything that has to do with technology.
She has not seen any of our 1500+ pictures since they were taken. She constantly hounds me about developing pictures all the time even now in May.
I have never made a scrapbook before, but my roommate is a pro. She told me at the first of the quarter to start working on it, but I was busier than I had expected, and here  I am in week 7, with no present.
I do not plan to present her with this present til the 20th, because that is when we will be having her party.
I just need to set aside some time and commit to this project. However, I literally do not have a single break in my crazed weekly schedule.
Depending on what my assignments are for the newspaper and what other work my professors decide to pack on, I will hopefully be able to get started on this.
I just got off work about an hour ago, so I do not even know if this makes any sense, like I said, my days have been crazy, my nights have been writing and I have to wake up in four hours for work, so good night.
Next week, maybe I can have some wine and scrapbook ? =]
Til then, have some wine and relax, the weekend is here.

So this should be week 7 of the trader Joe’e Wine blog.

However, this week, I was too busy for any wine, I was actually too busy for anything, really. I would say I averaged 3 hours of sleep each night, so I am exhausted, but still have no time to recuperate.

So, rather than talking about a wine that I did not drink, I will tell you about how my mother turned 50 on Wednesday.

My mother is definitely dramatic, so turning 50 definitely rung in some tears.

My picture above is a picture of my mother and me in Paris last summer. I chose to display this picture because it has to deal with my mom’s birthday present.

My present to her this year is a scrapbook of all of her photos from Paris.

I have not started this scrapbook, nor have I developed any pictures, but I have bought the necessary materials to make a scrapbook.

The reason this scrapbook will be such a great present has a lot to do with how my mom is incapable of understanding anything that has to do with technology.

She has not seen any of our 1500+ pictures since they were taken. She constantly hounds me about developing pictures all the time even now in May.

I have never made a scrapbook before, but my roommate is a pro. She told me at the first of the quarter to start working on it, but I was busier than I had expected, and here  I am in week 7, with no present.

I do not plan to present her with this present til the 20th, because that is when we will be having her party.

I just need to set aside some time and commit to this project. However, I literally do not have a single break in my crazed weekly schedule.

Depending on what my assignments are for the newspaper and what other work my professors decide to pack on, I will hopefully be able to get started on this.

I just got off work about an hour ago, so I do not even know if this makes any sense, like I said, my days have been crazy, my nights have been writing and I have to wake up in four hours for work, so good night.

Next week, maybe I can have some wine and scrapbook ? =]

Til then, have some wine and relax, the weekend is here.

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