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Happy Wine Wednesday friends! This is a little later than my usual Wine Wednesday posts, but I’ve had a busy day of work and gym time (need to get serious about training for my upcoming half marathon).

Today’s pick is a delicious Viognier from Tarara Winery in Leesburg, VA. Gotta love those Virginia wines! I’ve actually been to Tarara before, and it was a great experience. If you need a good winery to visit this weekend, it’s a winner.

Anyways, once a month I get together with a group of girls to play bunco! We eat, drink and roll some dice. Before heading over to Jessie’s apartment, I went with Lauren and Elizabeth to Veritas Wine Bar across the street from the office. Their happy hour is 20% off any bottle, so we chose the 2010 Tarara Winery Viognier.

It was a great bottle and so nice and cold. (And 20% doesn’t hurt either)

Since we had some time to kill before bunco night, we ordered a cheese and charcuterie plate. Two choices of meat and three cheeses, along with some crackers, mustard and cornichons. We had sopressata and prosciutto, along with a few cheese whose names I forget. The marbled one there are the bottom was marbled in Guinness!

It was a nice snack, especially with the wine, but clearly we needed a little more sustenance to get us through the night. Thankfully, Jessie had lots of delightful treats for us at her house!

Delicious mac and cheese bites, ham and swiss biscuits, cupcakes, and multiple bottles of wine. After filling ourselves with yummy treats, we let the dice rolling begin. Bunco might sound like an old ladies game, but let me tell you, we always have a blast!

Enjoy a glass of wine and get your dice on! Cheers!


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Welcome to Wine Wednesday friends! Halfway done wit the work week. With all of my recent trips and the holidays, this is my first full week of work innnn forever. And I am of course looking forward to the three day weekend coming up! I will be making the trip down to Charlottesville for the weekend. Can’t wait to cook and perhaps go to a yummy restaurant or two.

Today’s pick for wine Wednesday is a red: Bricco dei Tati Barbera 2009.

I picked it up at Whole Foods last night while getting a few ingredients for a simple Italian meal I plan on making. This wine choice was pretty random. I wanted an Italian wine and at first picked out a Chianti, but then decided to go for this. It was on sale and something that I hadn’t had before. Barbera is an Italian grape variety and produces fruity wines.

This wine was pretty great. Easy to drink and has low tannins, so no super-dry feeling left in your mouth if that’s not your thing. I generally like pretty dry wines, so normally I would choose a different variety than this. The change was nice. What are you drinking tonight?


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It’s Wine Wednesday people! After a heartbreak overtime loss last night by my Hokies, I am definitely in need of some cheer. Anyways, I am by no means a wine expert, but I thought I would share my thoughts on a different wine each Wednesday. I’ll feature some old favorites and try out new bottles as well.

Today, one of my personal favorites: Apaltagua Envero Carménère 2008

I first had this at a wine tasting at Arrowine in Arlington; I also never tried or heard of Carménère. Today, these grapes are mainly grown in Chile and is considered Chile’s signature grape. This particular bottle is 90% Carménère and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. I really enjoyed this at the tasting; it reminded me of roasted red peppers, smooth with a little spice.

Since then, I have bought this bottle many times. I’ve never seen it at the grocery store, but I can usually always find it in specialty wine shops. I have tried lots of different bottles of Carménère, but this is by far my favorite. I you haven’t tried Carménère or are already a fan, this is a great purchase.


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