Happy New Year geeks! Hopefully you’re nursing your New Years Eve hangover with a cup of coffee and thinking about what you want to accomplish this year.
Like many of us, I like to use the new year to set new fitness and health goals and this year I’m planning to keep an eye on how many calories I’m drinking – both alcoholic and otherwise.
The team at Beverage Labels create a helpful graphic that includes the amount of calories in some of the most commonly consumed alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages.
NOTE: in order to make it easier to visually compare, the serving size for this graphic is 12 ounces, but that is not the recommended serving size for many of these drinks (particularly the alcoholic ones hehe).
The Nobel Ruby is a Sparkling Wine & Rum Punch recipe that would make a perfect addition to your holiday party table for Christmas, New Years or any other winter-time party. I’m especially interested in trying it with little floating pomegranate seeds as garnish. Something about pomegranate seeds in cocktails makes me very happy.
The Noble Ruby (Makes 37 servings)
Created by Mike Shain, the Beverage Director at NYC’s Blue Smoke
Optionally garnish with pomegranate seeds or lemon peel.
Note: recipe & photos were provided by PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur & punch recipe was created by Mike Shain, thanks guys!
Happy Friday Geeks!
(quote via Reverse Wine Snob)
Earlier this year, us geeks were lucky enough to be gifted with a membership in Duckhorn Vineyard’s fabulous wine club. In addition to the luxe bottles we’ve now got stashed in our wine fridge (the irony of mixing these fab bottles between their “lesser” Decoy line is not lost on me), we’re also now on their members only mailing list. This means we occasionally get invitations to fancy pants wine events up in Napa Valley.
While Brad and I own our cocktail snobbery, it’s fair to say that even after multiple trips up to wine country, our wine snobbery, at least by Northern California standards, is still pretty mild. So typically when these amazing invitations arrive, they’re promptly deleted. But then it arrived. The subject line said “Join Us! August 3rd is Lobstapalooza” and the email was a little vague in the details, but promised a lobster lunch to end all lobster lunches. Oh and a live zydeco band to boot!
I was intriqued. Lobstapalooza…What is this magical thing? And how is it possible it’s scheduled the day before our first wedding anniversary AND the weekend my parents will be visiting from the midwest? It’s a Lobstapalooza-perfect-storm. Needless to say, the rest of the geeky family were SUPER excited to attend our first Lobstapalooza and tickets were quickly purchased. The event was, in a word –astounding. From the fabulous, festive music to the outrageously overindulgent spread of wine, corn on the cob, artichoke, shrimp, potatoes and can someone say LOBSTERS?
We had an outstanding time. Kudos to the Duckhorn/Paraduxx crew for putting together a lovely event. This is def. going on the schedule for next summer. Here’s the crew just before we stuffed our faces with lobsters and some of the best wine around:
The fine folks over at Wine Folly created this AMAZING wine infographic that I had to share with all of you (thx to Laura for the tip!):
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Happy 2013 Geeks!
One of the best parts of living in San Francisco is its oh-so-closeness to wine country. We made a last minute trip up to Napa this past weekend and manged to score a tasting reservation at Duckhorn Winery, arguably one of Napa’s best.
The tasting room is a bit preppy for my esthetic, but the service was top notch (our server was SO knowledgeable and friendly!) and the wines we tasted were fantastic. One of the things I really like about Duckhorn is that they have created several wine labels at different price points. In fact, one of the go-to “Tuesday night wines” we drink at the geek homestead is their fabulous and affordable Decoy wine (hehehe). Priced in the $25-30 range and available at Target (at least here in California), the grapes are pulled from many of the same vineyards where Duckhorns far more expensive other wines start out.
Definitely recommend visiting the Duckhorn tasting room the next time you’re in Napa or grabbing a bottle of Decoy next time you’re in the mood for something at a slightly more friendly price point!
Basically sums up my life the last few weeks – how’s yours?
Bubbly all around, it’s the best kind of celebration – International Champagne Day! A bunch of local wine shops are getting in on the fun this year with champagne tastings, special events and more.
Remember geeks, while Champagne is now synonymous with all sparkling wines, it should (technically) only be used for sparkling wine made with grapes from the Champagne region of France.
Check the eventbrite page for more information and bottoms up!
We geeks were lucky enough to be invited to a special bloggers wine tasting event at Ridge Vineyards a few weeks back. It was SO FUN!
Brad and I, along with our fellow bloggers, were treated to a ‘blind tasting’ to determine if we could match skills with top wine critics and sort the wines by their “assigned” wine points.
Now, I love wine and I love me some good wine (someday I’ll have to blog about the time I stalked the Duckhorn table at a wine tasting last year…”oh no, I haven’t tried this one yet, pour away!”) but this was a group of SERIOUS wine bloggers. No pressure!!
So it turned out that professional wine critic Antonio Galloni had recently tasted and rated all of the wines we were about to drink. Our task was to try to guess at what order he put the wines in… my guesses below (with the points Galloni gave the wines in parenthesis after)….
- Wine C aka Ridge Vineyards 2009 Monte Bello (98)
- Wine E aka Ridge Vineyards 2010 Geyserville (88)
- Wine A aka Ridge Vineyards 2009 Estate Merlot (90)
- Wine D aka Ridge Vineyards 2009 Perrone Cabernet Franc (92)
- Wine B aka Ridge Vineyards 2009 Klein Cabernet Sauvignon (94)
Sooooo… I did manage to choose the same wine Galloni did as the top choice. The 2009 Monte Bello was a seriously tasty bottle of wine. I mean, I could have drank the whole bottle of that wine. Seriously. But, aside from that I was completely “wrong” in my ranking compared to Galloni.
Now I’m no wine newb. I’ve drank my fair share of wines over the years, especially after moving to San Francisco and being only an hour or so drive from Napa and Sonoma valleys. But I’ve never been much of a wine-by-the-points kinda gal. I’m more of a drink-what-tastes-good-to-me kinda gal. Actually, that’s true about most things in my life. Hmm…
Big thanks to Christopher and the Ridge Vineyard for inviting us – hopefully we’ll see you again next time!
Blame it on the ukulele.
One of the best parts of living in San Francisco is it’s convenient hour or so drive up to Napa and Sonoma valleys, land of amazing wine. Next time we’re up tasting wine in Napa, going to have to hit the quirky Judd’s Hill. As the photo from their recent Harvest Party shows, they do not take themselves seriously.
The wine pirate thing is apparently a theme, as they’re about to launch a new online video series called “Wine Booty” described as featuring “Napa Valley’s saltiest characters”. They also offer hands-on DIY bottle blending camps at their winery. Sign me up!