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April 2020

Drink Review: Moderna Artist's Palette Red Wine

By Mike Thayer

Wine Shop at Home AwardsI recently joined a wine club and I'm digging it!   Thank you Lori!  Shopping online at my leisure in the comfort of my own home, discovering new and exclusive wines and having them shipped directly to my door = Happiness in Every Sip.  I borrowed that line from WineShop at Home, the club I joined, it's a true statement.  

WineShop At Home, founded in 2005, is headquartered in the legendary Napa Valley. The winery, owned by the Fredrick family of Dallas, Texas, produces award-winning, exclusive, artisan wines across 50 brands.  Their wines have won over 200 awards in national and international wine competions!  And they've got everything to please any wine preference, choose from sweet and bubbly to dry and crisp whites, smooth and supple to bold and intense reds.   WineShop at Home features artisan wines for every occasion, palate and personality.

Included in my first order was an excellent red blend, Moderna Artist’s Palette Red Wine, here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Our Moderna Artist’s Palette Red Wine was grown in the Lodi area and is a blend of 45% Zinfandel, 25% Petit Verdot, 25% Tannat and 5% Muscat of Alexandria. 

Moderna Artist's Palette Red WineI really took a liking to this wine with the first swirl, sniff and sip.  It's got great color and some fantastic fruit notes in the nose, delivering raspberry, wild strawberry, black currant and blueberry - it's profound. The sip starts with the sweetness of the fruit, followed by the boldness of white pepper and toasted oak.  To sum, this wine is just flat out delicious, balanced and has an elegant finish.

Pairing well with dishes like lasagna, beef stew or meatloaf (Bachelor food!), the Moderna Artist's Palette Red Wine is a great add to your wine selection and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  This is a repeat order for me and another nice little bonus you get with every shipment from WineShop at Home includes food pairing suggestions and recipes - like that aforementioned lasagna - for each wine ordered. 

5 stars

Currently offering some great discounts, I highly recommend WineShop at Home, they've got award winning wines at every price, exclusive wines delivered right to your door! 

Contact Lori and set up your wine tasting today!



Repurposing an old coffee table into a shade garden for the patio

By Mike Thayer

Coffee Table Repurpose ProjectWhat do you do with an old coffee table that had a tile or slate top and a bunch of those pieces got broken rendering it unusable?  OH NO, a topless table!  And don't ask what happened to make the table topless, I'm not telling.

And sure, you could TRY to save the table by going to the Big Box store and hope to find tiles or slate that matches what you had - good luck with that.....   Or you could buy all new tiles or slate and hope the store has all the right sizes for your coffee table to make it like new again - good luck with that too......

So screw that headache, I say repurpose that topless coffee table and make it a planter!

That's what I did with a metal frame coffee table, turning it into a weekend project in creating a shade garden for my apartment patio.

And what's not to like with this project, working with a black, aluminum frame, I don't have to worry about weather proofing it.  I don't have to worry about leveling, measuring, cutting or fastening anything together.  Easy peasy!  Next step, find some plastic pots that I can simply insert into the slate/tile spots.

I found the pots I needed at Lowe's, 8" pots and I stuck with the color of black, so the pots would blend in, allowing the plants to pop in showing off their colors.

Coffee Table Planter Project
A coffee table planter for the patio

In selecting the pots, I also picked out the plants that will be featured in this planter creation, all shade varieties, as this 'living' table will get some early morning sun, but after about 11am, it will be in shade for the rest of the day.  I bought a mix of Coleus, Begonia, Caladium and Fuchsia, a nice assortment of colorful foliage, flowers and textures.

Ringing up the sale, pots, plants, along with some good quality potting soil, I spent about $65 on what could be considered a nice planter display piece for any patio.  And the time to put it together was minimal.  I think I spent more time at the store, picking out the pots and plants than I did actually potting the plants and inserting them into the table, I literally just dropped them in, maybe 45 minutes, tops.  I popped in a few of the remaining tiles where pots couldn't go and voila!.....  Project complete.

I'm looking forward to how great this table will really look once those plants fill in a bit!  And one last feature to point out about this planter table, it's light enough that you can move it around, with pots still in place.  And OK, another nice feature, it will be SO easy to swap out plants or turn it into a sun loving planter if desired - just insert different pots!

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

Drink Review: Crown Royal Salted Caramel Whiskey

By Mike Thayer

Blended and flavored whiskeys are red hot right now, consumer demand for brown spirits continues to rise with American Whiskey in particular seeing some phenomenal sales growth.

Regular readers know that I am a fan of flavored whiskey, I've always got a bottle of something in my freezer for a chilled shot or a flavored specialty in the liquor cabinet to enjoy on the rocks.  My favorite in all this tasting fun so far, WAS Yukon Jack Jacapple.  Key word 'was', as the Jacapple was recently bested by Skrewball Peanut Butter flavored whiskey, it ROCKS!

Crown Royal Salted CaramelToday, the flavored whiskey is a sampling of Crown Royal Salted Caramel.

Here's the description from the Crown Royal website:  Crown Royal Salted Caramel Flavored Whisky is a blend of the finest Canadian whiskies, carefully selected by our Master Blenders and infused with the subtly salty-sweet taste of indulgent salted caramels – imparting lush, creamy notes that perfectly compliment the richness of Crown Royal Whisky.

Crown Royal is a fine whiskey and this is an excellent pairing.  You get the notes of caramel and thankfully it's not too sweet.  Sometimes a flavored whiskey gets too-whatever-flavor-forward, taking away from the goodness of the whiskey.  Not so with this one.  Crown Royal has produced a very nicely balanced, smooth flavored whiskey, with that classic Crown Royal whiskey shining through in a very pleasant, warm finish. 

I sampled this whiskey neat, on the rocks and as a chilled shot.  It's enjoyable in every way.  It's also quite excellent in chilled, neat drinks as well.  Try a shot of the salted caramel with a shot of Forbidden Secret Dark Chocolate Mocha Cream.  Can you say, "Tasty!"  Yes, yes you can.  I'm looking forward to trying a shot of the Crown Royal Salted Caramel paired with some Yukon Jack Jacapple as well, for that caramel apple experience.

Costing me about $30, I'm giving Crown Royal Salted Caramel 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's a bit on the high end of being a wallet friendly price, but it's well worth it, most definitely a repeat buy!

5 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....