Wine for your Weekend: QuarantWINEs #6 and #7

Last week I wrote about wine delivery, so this week it only makes sense to write about some of the wines we’ve found through our new utilization of these services. Because my reviews are generally red wine heavy, I wanted to make sure to include a white this week…also, I personally indulged in an EXCELLENT Sauvignon Blanc so it was an easy pick.

Then Josh and I discovered a total winner in our wine box as well, so it just seems like a good week to offer two for one weekend picks!

The weather is also supposed to be excellent here in Minnesota tonight…and then rain tomorrow. So here’s one wine for your patio sitting on Friday, and another for your return to Netflix tomorrow!

Patio sitting, summer-worthy wine first!

Josh isn’t a big white wine lover, so I’m usually left to my own devices in that regard. So this week when he decided to drink beer out on the patio one night with dinner, I decided to open up one of the three whites that came in our wine box from First Leaf.

2017 Literaria '42 Sauvignon Blanc, Chile - CellarTracker

The 2019 Literaria ’42 Sauvignon Blanc was one of First Leaf’s pandemic offerings, meaning that it didn’t match anything in my tasting profile, it’s just what they would ship me fast and cheap. So, why not!?

Well wasn’t I pleasantly surprised!

The majority of my Sauvignon Blanc experience is New Zealand based, which is no surprise as New Zealand produces A LOT of it. This wine was Chilean, so bonus points for breaking me out of my usual box! It was extremely fruity on the nose, with strong notes of peach and mango underscored by this citrusy acidity like ripe grapefruit. I LOVED the smell, and instantly thrust my glass under Josh’s nose to have him take a whiff. He was uninterested as he thought the wine smelled too sweet for his liking.

Well surprise surprise, all the fruit flavor without the syrupy sugariness.

This wine was so well balanced with the fruit playing nicely against the acidity. It was much drier than expected, but in a very crisp, light, and refreshing way. It was the PERFECT patio wine and would be so delicious with garden salads, grilled chicken, and shrimp kabobs.

Our other wine this week is something COMPLETELY different!

Firstleaf: Gilded Letter 2018 Petit Verdot Dunnigan Hills

2018 Gilded Letter Petit Verdot was the first red we opened in our quarantine wine box, picked specifically to pair with a dinner I made of: smothered pork chops, bleu cheese gnocchi, and seasoned green beans. We wanted a wine with some body and punch…and we found it!

Admittedly, we have pretty limited experience with Petit Verdot, so I wasn’t 100% what to expect from this offering. However, in researching the label, I found that a favorite Cabernet Sauvignon was recommended as a “If you like Gilded Letter you might also like…” so I was encouraged this would be a good bet!

The first impression of this wine came as I poured it into the decanter. It is DARK!! I’ve said this before, but there are a handful of wines that I’ve poured and voiced out loud, “WHOA!” as they’ve gone into the decanter. This one adds to that list! Inky would be a good word to describe it. It’s almost purple. If a wine can look full bodied, this one did!

The wine was slightly fruity and oaky on the nose, and those flavors were well balanced in the first sip as well. It was dry, which is what we needed for the meal we had, and whether the food was enhancing the wine or the wine was enhancing the food, it was a brilliant pairing of rich, creamy, dishes with a wine that could cut through the fat with acid and tannin.

Also, this wine had legs for days…so, you know, if you’re looking for a good wine buzz, it’s not a bad pick!


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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