Hot Chocolate & Wine - An Experiment in Sweet

Red wine just seems to go with anything these days, especially according to Pinterest. Last year, we mixed red wine with Coca Cola to make Kalimotxo. And now, we mix red wine with...hot chocolate.

I saw this concoction all over my Facebook and Pinterest. It seemed simple enough so the ingredients were purchased.

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Red Wine- I went with a sweeter red for this sweet treat- you can pick what you want but it felt right for my friends and I

Milk- Yes, that is lactose free milk you see. I am pretty lactose intolerant and I didn't want the added sweetness that soy or almond milk adds.

Chocolate- Dark chocolate because it is the best chocolate

Now, the rest of this is pretty simple.

Step 1 - add a couple cups of chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl 

Step 1 - add a couple cups of chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl 

Step 2 - Microwave the chocolate in about 30 second increments and stir each time as you heat it up. Keep doing this until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

Step 3 - Combine milk and melted chocolate in a pot on medium heat til the two are combined.

Step 4 - Add the wine! and stir. Feel free to drop the heat at this point and continue stirring. Taste and add more chocolate, milk or wine til it is to your liking. I personally added more milk because the concoction can be a BIT sweet.

And finally! You are all done! Grab a mug and serve it up!

Fair warning! This drink is incredibly sweet. Even after we added more milk to even it out, it still was too hard to finish a whole mug without a stomach ache. So if you have a sweet tooth, this is certainly a fun way to down some wine.

Wine in a Can - Portland Sangria

I spent the weekend before Thanksgiving in Portland trying all the wine that Portland and the Willamette Valley seemed to offer. Pinot Noir just spilling out of my pores by the end of the trip. (not that one can really complain about that)

But when wandering one of the many oh-so-hipster corner stores in southeast Portland, I stumbled across a can of wine that reminded me of an old can of Budweiser. I really don't like much beer aside from sours so I found this can to be extra kitchey.

I bought it immediately and promptly cracked it open while walking through Mt. Tabor Park.

Sweet Pink Juice. This can of happiness is a bubbly brew of rosé, fruit juice, and spices. I only wished I had discovered it in the heat of the summer and not the chills of the northern Pacific fall. The raspberry and loganberry offset the dry bubbles remind me of poolside barbeques. Then I am hit with the baking spices on the finish that round out this unique blend. 

This can cost me a solid $6 from the corner store, but you get more for your money if you buy it in the giant bag or direct from the makers at Enso Winery

I'm still on the fence with can wine, but this one certain set me in the direction of being in favor of this new way of serving up my favorite drink. The can is convenient and easy to transport for relaxing walks in the park. No need to carry around a corkscrew or cups- easy wine access- personal purse wine. No fuss when enjoying the life that is going on around you.

Oh Portland, you and your canned wine are just so wonderfully and beautifully weird. 

 

 

Cuppy Wine Time - Xo, Wine by Giuliana Rancic

I struggled for a hot minute on whether to stick this in my "sipping" section or "trying" section. But after taking this wine out a few times, I decided that this is meant more for "trying" because the heart of this wine is in the gimmick it is served in...and frankly, not so much the wine itself.

With that said, say hello to Xo, G Wine

Look at these cute little individual sized wine cups! 

Look at these cute little individual sized wine cups! 

These are just plain cute. I first saw them on Pinterest, but could not find them ANYWHERE. But then it happened. It was 11pm at night and I was in my home town hunting shampoo at the Super Wal-Mart. Sitting on a aisle corner...piles of these..for only $9 a stack - a stack being 4 cups. 

So first things first, this is solid pricing for 4 cups of wine. I would say this is about the same amount of wine as a full bottle. $9 bucks? Heck yeah. You can get them online for about $12.00 but I'm sure if you have a local distributor then you can find it for about what I did. 

Each cup comes sealed like a cup of yogurt with a plastic tupperware type lid over the seal. Um hello, how handy is this? Each cup is meant to be single serve and re-sealable...just in case your sissy ass can't hang.  

I absolutely love this concept. Being able to not waste an entire bottle when the squad isn't down to sip is on point. The wine is what you would expect for the price point and marketing. Not complex but totally drinkable. The rosé is dry and sweet and the pinot noir isn't half bad either.

The lid is handy, but it does have a slight leaking problem. This could have been just my glasses in particular and the fact that we roughed them up in some backpacks when heading to the park and beach...or maybe there is a slight flaw in the construction of the glasses? I might have to buy more to test just to be extra sure of my findings.

But overall, I love this super fun concept. It might need a little work but Xo, G wine is a great way to save the hassle of bringing a bottle and glasses and a wine opener on your next adventure. 7/10- would experiment again. 

 

 

 

Giving VineBox a Try

So today, I failed at writing all that I wanted to say about this subscription box so I rambled in vlog form. As a disclaimer, I am not video savvy and have an old laptop with not much to work with. Not even sorry. But anyway, here is the review!

If you want to give VineBox a try, my referral link is available: http://www.getvinebox.com?ct-referral-code=6RNqI70E

Happy Wine Wednesday!

...wine pump?

If you are anything like me, you are giggling over some awkward Austin Powers reference.

But here was my dilemma: It's Tuesday night. I need a glass of wine to decompress. But it's just me. All alone with Netflix. I'm not going to throw back a bottle by myself and deal with a hang over when I have work in the AM. BUT I don't want to risk a decent bottle going bad before I can finish it.

I know what you are thinking...get friends. Share. 

My thoughts: No. Sometimes I just wanna be alone in bed while eating Oreos and drinking wine with no one around to lecture me about crumbs or judge my year round Christmas jammies.

So I hunted for the cure for my problem and I think I found a cheaper solution. Not THE solution, but one that does the trick with my limited budget ( SF rent is no joke. )

SO PRESENTING:

This gizmo simply pumps the air out of the bottle. All you do is insert the special wine seal and use the pump to pull out the air. TA-DA! 

And for as inexpensive as this is...it generally works. I'm not using this to seal up a $100 Cab, but just my favorite Pinot Noir or Chardonnay that I don't want to waste. For $15, I'm pretty sure I've already saved that much money by not tossing wine that goes bad over night anymore. Plus I'm pretty sure I saw these being used at a Red Lobster. If that doesn't make them official then I don't know what does.