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Let’s Talk About Ken Wright Cellars Wine Club

My husband and I have been members of the Ken Wright Cellars Wine Club for over eleven years. By wine club standards, that’s an extremely long time (18-36 months is typical). Also, Ken Wright Cellars is at least a 4 hour drive from our Seattle home. However, we don’t mind making that drive to Carlton, Oregon. Ken Wright and his team have made it worth our while by rewarding our membership in ways that no other winery has matched. Of course, let’s not forget the superb wine that drew us in from the start; membership keeps our home well supplied with our favorite Oregon Pinot Noir! So, let’s talk about the phenomenal Ken Wright Cellars Wine Club.

Ken Wright Cellars Wine Club Experience

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Sparkling Wines Essential for Weeknights

May I interest you in Mousseaux Monday? The last few weeks the hubby has selected a bottle of bubbles to accompany our Monday meal. We discovered it helps set a positive tone for the week. So, why not keep popping these sparkling wines for weeknights? Mousseaux (pronounced moo-SUR) means sparkling or frothy. Vins mousseaux is a reference to sparkling wines made in France outside of Champagne. Sure, I’m using the term in a broader context, but it’s meant in good fun. ⁠

Birthdays, anniversaries, milestone events and the like are always best commemorated with Champagne, non? Perhaps the marketers have done too much to persuade us that is the case. After all, it seems that the drinking public is convinced that bubbly is ONLY for milestone events.

Or maybe the notion of reserving Champagne consumption for special occasions is because it’s perceived to be expensive. You don’t have to be among the rich and famous to enjoy sparkling wine on a Monday, however. There are a number of fizzy wines priced for weeknight quaffing. In fact, some are even made in the same traditional method as Champagne. Plus, sparkling wine pairs with pretty much anything. Read on for some fun suggestions. Continue reading “Sparkling Wines Essential for Weeknights”

Hold the Mayo Tuna Salad with Wine for Dinner

Do you have canned tuna in your pantry? On a warm summer’s night it can become an easy yet elegant dinner as part of a composed salad. Simply start with this basic recipe for a no mayo tuna salad. Then serve it alongside a platter of beautifully arranged seasonal produce (read on for suggestions). Oh, and don’t forget the wine!

Tuna salad conjures up a lot of different images. To be clear, this is not the mayo laden version of my American childhood. Truthfully, that one was actually loaded with Miracle Whip then sandwiched between two squishy slices of white bread. It wasn’t a personal favorite. Years later when I encountered my first south of France version of tuna salade niçoise, it was a game changer. Now, some interpretation of that salad is regularly on our dinner table throughout the summer.

Since our neighborhood farmers market was cancelled this year, I’ve arranged for a weekly delivery of fresh produce. As the contents of the box changes, so does the salad. Use whatever sounds good to you!

No Mayo Tuna Salad Recipe

Serves 2

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Eight Washington Wines Worth Staying Home For and What to Pair with Them

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Although winery tasting rooms were forced to close in March, maintaining a steady supply of wine hasn’t been a problem in our house! In order to stay afloat during these wildly challenging times, wineries have provided consumers all kinds of offers. A library vertical – yes, please! A mystery library pack – sign me up! Shipping included – okay! In other words, I’ve discovered some terrific deals. Revealed here are eight Washington Wines worth staying home for and what to pair with them. August is Washington Wine Month so don’t let it pass you by without trying some of these soul satisfying wines priced from just $17-36. Continue reading “Eight Washington Wines Worth Staying Home For and What to Pair with Them”

Let’s Talk About Putting Ice in Wine

Is it okay to put ice in wine? I recently asked the question on Instagram. Oh boy, is it a divisive topic! So let’s talk about putting ice in wine. Read on for some of the responses in addition to some great suggestions for keeping wine chilled on hot summer days.

My question:

“Dare I ask, would you rather put ice in your wine in or drink it too warm? It’s a tough call. Who wants watered down wine, right? Then again, I’m reminded of the refreshing afternoon weinschorles of Germany. It’s a mix of wine and a carbonated beverage, typically sparkling mineral water. It’s one way to cool down on a warm day without overindulging.”

Additionally, I took a poll on Instagram stories simply asking, “Is it okay to put ice in wine?” The results are nearly evenly split, with 48% replying, “Sure!” Nevertheless, the “No way!” vote won by 52%.

The thing is, when wine – red or white – is served at the wrong temperature, it just doesn’t taste the way it’s meant to. Not only are subtle nuances lost, the alcohol is enhanced. Not to mention, if it’s a scorching summer’s day, warm wine isn’t going to be the least bit refreshing. Take that bottle on the patio or deck, and the temperature of its contents isn’t going to stay at serving temperature on its own.

Nevertheless, comments on my post indicate that people tend to have very strong opinions about putting ice in wine – unless it’s in the form of Sangria. They also have some suggested alternatives.

Six Ways to Keep Wine Chilled

Water Bath

This suggested technique is one I use when the wine hasn’t been chilled at all. Simply fill an ice bucket almost to the top with a combination of ice, water, and salt. Immerse a bottle of wine, and in about 10 minutes it will be chilled. If you don’t have an ice bucket, use whatever you have. Depending on the number of bottles you need to chill, anything from a large mixing bowl to the kitchen sink can work! These days, it’s all about using what you have on hand, right?

Ice Bucket

After the wine is chilled, whether it’s done via the aforementioned water bath or in the fridge, maintain the desired temperature by keeping the bottle(s) on ice.

Whiskey Stones/Stainless Steel Ice Cubes

While some people suggested whiskey stones or stainless steel ice cubes for keeping wine cool without diluting it, someone commented that it makes the wine taste funny.

Frozen Grapes

This seems like another great idea for sangria!

Ice Pack

Wrap a soft ice pack around a bottle.

Ice Cubes

Of course, let’s not forget this solution. Haters gonna hate, but is a hot glass of wine really better?

What are your thoughts on the great ice debate? It’s not too late to head on over to Instagram and talk about putting ice in wine. #LetsTalkAboutWine

Or maybe you’d rather peruse some recipes to pair with your summer wine! Try my easy tomato salad on herbed yogurt, or chilled cherry soup.