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Wine Review: Albion California Cuvée Rouge

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.

In my monthly shipment I get four bottles of fantastic wine - I've NEVER been disappointed -  two whites and two reds and my last shipment included a red wine called "Cuvée Rouge" here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Albion Cuvee RougeThis wine is a winemaking first for WineShop At Home. It is the first time we blended a significant amount of Pinot Noir in a dry red blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Pinot Noir.

This Albion Cuvée Rouge has a very complex palate of aromas in the nose with plum, raspberry, strawberry and blackberry in the attack, followed by concentrated characters of jammy red fruit compote. The Cab Franc and the Pinot Noir elegantly mingle without a dominant influence from the toasted oak. The Cab Franc brings some intensity, good length and mouthfeel to the attack. Structure, power and acidity are all necessary ingredients for good red blends. The Pinot Noir influence results in dry fruit flavors and a juicy finish.

This generous, elegant, dry red wine will pair well with dishes like grilled chicken, pork chops or meatloaf.

Elegant indeed!  My girlfriend and I enjoyed this wine with the classic flavors of a Sunday meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy and roasted vegetables.  This wine is an example of why I like WineShop at Home so much, I'm not into dry wines like a Merlot and the winemaker at WineShop at Home has a true knack for blending grapes and crafting wines with fantastic, intense flavors!  This red blend is fantastic!

Palate pleasing, the Albion Cuvée Rouge is another MUST TRY from WineShop at Home and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. 

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!

 


Food Review: Chick-fil-A's Spicy Chicken Sandwich

By Mike Thayer

Chick-fil-A Spicy Chicken SandwichHaving lunch on the company dime the other day, a co-worker and I opted for Chick-fil-A, targeting a craving for a spicy chicken sandwich.

I've never had the Chick-fil-A version of a spicy chicken sandwich before and with the fast food chicken sandwich wars still going on, I was looking forward to sampling it.

Here's the description of the sandwich from the restaurant website:  A boneless breast of chicken seasoned with a spicy blend of peppers, hand-breaded, pressure cooked in 100% refined peanut oil and served on a toasted, buttered bun with dill pickle chips.

Basically, it's the Chick-fil-A classic chicken sandwich with some spice.  There's also a deluxe version of the Spicy Chicken sandwich available, which includes Green Leaf lettuce, tomato and Pepper Jack Cheese.

Our order was placed with Uber Eats, but they failed to show up at delivery time, we waited a bit longer....  Then the money spent for the lunch shows up as refunded!  Thanks for nothing Uber Eats!  Leaving us hanging and hungry, oh well, the failure of Uber Eats is a story for another day.

Chick-fil-A Spicy Chicken Sandwich pickle shotBack to the sandwich!

With my co-worker put into action as pick up and delivery service, we sat down to enjoy our meal.

I took that first bite.  It's a good sandwich, got a bit of the crunch from the breading, the toasted, buttered bun delivered on flavor, the pickles provided that little tart twang you're looking for, but that chicken....  I have to say I was a bit disappointed, there wasn't enough kick!  The chicken came up lacking in the spicy blend of peppers department, under-spiced I'd have to say. 

The Spicy Chicken sandwich I ordered cost $3.99 and I had buyer's remorse.  I should have gotten the Deluxe version, having that Pepper Jack Cheese, lettuce and tomato would have made for a better sandwich.  The Pepper Jack is needed to carry the spice note to a higher level.  The Deluxe doesn't cost that much more at just $4.69.

Chick-fil-A Spicy Chicken Sandwich honey mustard shotI'm giving the Chick-fil-A Spicy Chicken sandwich just 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  Even topped with the honey mustard, this sandwich was just "eh"......  I thoroughly enjoyed the waffle fries, I love those things!

3 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

 


Wine Review: Cloud Symphony

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 last shipment was a white wine called "Symphony" and it truly is a symphony of great flavors!  Here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Cloud Symphony WineOur 2019 Cloud Symphony was produced in the Lodi region. This young vibrant 2019 vintage wine has a yellow straw color and a seductive nose.

A bouquet of aromas are represented, like citrus with grapefruit and orange blossom, fruit with apple and pear and floral with honeysuckle. This nose is characteristic of Symphony which was derived from Muscat and Grenache Gris. This is an off-dry white wine with a round fruity attack. There are mango, apricot and pear flavors appearing in the mouthfeel. There is sweetness, but that is not the main feature of this wine. There is also pronounced minerality which is a signature of this grape varietal.

This delectable well-balanced wine would pair well with spicy Indian or Thai curry-based dishes or savory pastries.

The winemaker at WineShop at Home has a true knack for blending grapes and crafting wines with fantastic, intense flavors.  This white is no exception.  Symphony is well rounded, it's smooth in a stand alone glass, it's smooth with a meal, it's smooth with dessert and that versatility is what makes this a 'go-to' wine for just about any occasion.  

Palate pleasing, the Cloud Symphony is another MUST TRY and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. 

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!

 


Wine Review: Cookie Cellars Biscotti

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 last shipment was an excellent red wine blend, here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Cookie Cellars BiscottiThis Cookie Cellars Biscotti red wine blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Zinfandel, 25% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Franc and offers dark red-fruit characters like plum, strawberry, cherry and blueberry in the nose.

Later, we are transported into a rich aromatic world of smoky bacon and toasted oak. From a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, the wine provides a fair amount of tannins in the attack, but this sweet red still has a pleasant smoothness to it.

It is a medium-bodied wine that should be enjoyed lightly chilled with Mexican food, mildly-spiced Asian food, meatloaf or chocolate desserts.

This red fits right into my wheelhouse because it's so well rounded, it's smooth in a stand alone glass, it's smooth with a meal, it's smooth with dessert.  If you have meatloaf planned for dinner for example, this is a smart choice and there's no worries about what wine to serve for dessert because the Cookie Cellars Biscotti has that covered too - great with brownies and a peanut butter frosting!   Yes, meatloaf and brownies were on the menu when I had the girlfriend over for dinner on Monday night.

The Cookie Cellars Biscotti is another MUST TRY and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. 

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!

 


Wine Review: Fact White 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 last shipment for a hosting party was an excellent off-dry white wine, here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Fact White WineThis California White Wine blend of 65% Chenin Blanc, 25% French Colombard and 10% Chardonnay exudes aromas of lemon, apple, pear and lychee.

The attack in the mouth is quite round for an off-dry wine. There are no sharp angles and the wine is balanced all the way to the finish. In the mid-palate, there is citrus and acidity. This balanced Fact White Wine is very straightforward, fresh and will pair very well with many type of dishes.

Enjoy it with grilled fish, crab cakes, scallops or chicken salad.

I like this wine because it's not too dry and it has a sweetness to it in the finish.  Another plus is it's versatility, just look at the pairing suggestions from grilled fish to chicken salad, from fine dining to casual meal.  If you're doing wine and cheese, you can go high end with Brie or goat cheese, or you can keep it simple with some good cheddar.  This wine is a great pick for a go-to white for almost any occasion. 

The Fact White Wine is another MUST TRY and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. 

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!

 


Wine Review: Table Rose' 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 last shipment for a hosting party was an excellent rose', here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Table Rose' WineOur sweet Table Rosé is a blush wine mainly made with white varietals as its base. The golden rose color suggests the three white varietals that were the origin of the final blend.

The light peach hue is obtained by blending a few gallons of red wine with white wine. This wine starts with citrus characters such as lemon and lime along with sweet fragrances of honey, pear and ripe apple. This wine is round and lush in the attack and there is a short to medium intensity in the mouthfeel. Straightforward, sweet citrus characters is what it’s all about for this blush rosé.

The round finish will pair well with many dishes such as fish, pasta, turkey or chicken.

No wine rack or cooler is complete without a Rose' in it and the Table Rose' Wine is a palate pleaser. The sweet citrus notes from nose to finish is very enjoyable and the beauty about a good Rose' is that it's so versatile.  It easily pairs with a number of main dishes, as well as being a great pick for the classic charcuterie board.

The Table Rose' Wine is another MUST TRY and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. 

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!

 


Wine Review: Royal Mama Queenie's Blend

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 last shipment for a hosting party was an excellent red, here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Royal Mama Queenie's BlendThis is a new brand for us, that honors all of the mamas out there. This sweet red wine blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah and 5% Petit Verdot offers raspberry, strawberry and blackberry aromas in the attack.

There are some toasted oak characters and then a few seconds later, brown sugar notes in the finish. It has a fruity, round and tannic attack. Primarily composed of Cabernet, this wine offers layers of tannins in the mid-palate all the way to the finish. We added some complexity with a round, sweet finish.

This voluptuous red wine has great balance and power and will pair well with gourmet pizza, meatloaf, quiche or pasta dishes, like lasagna or frittata.

Out of the five fantastic wines sampled at my hosting party, this one was the consensus favorite.  You get those fruits from nose to finish and it's that finish that really makes this wine sing when those toasted oak and and brown sugar notes kick in.  I have also tried the Royal Mama Mimi's Blend, also very good, WineShop has knocked it out of the park with this new brand.

The Royal Mama Queenie's Blend is another MUST TRY and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. 

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!

 


Drink Review: Brown Sugar Bourbon from Heritage

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, has been Skrewball Peanut Butter Flavored Whiskey.  It is without question the best chilled shot in a flavored whiskey I've ever had.

BSBToday's tasting, is BSB, Brown Sugar Bourbon made by the Heritage Distilling Co.

Here's the description from the Heritage website: 

BSB® - Brown Sugar Bourbon tastes both sweet and indulgent, featuring strong notes of cinnamon and brown sugar that create a classic whiskey warmth.  

Experience why BSB® was named the “World’s Best Flavoured Whisky” 2 years in a row by Whisky Magazine's World Whiskies Awards 2018 & 2019.

That's saying something right there, earning that kind of accolade.  And one year voted best could be a bit of a fluke - a distiller smartly taking advantage of a flavor profile trend - but voted best two years running?  Nope, not just a trend.  This whiskey is for real and the best flavored whiskey vote from Whiskey Magazine isn't the only source of awards either.  Check out the list here.

As always, I tried this whiskey neat, on the rocks and in a chilled shot.  It's very good any way served.  Brown sugar and cinnamon are a fantastic pairing and you get those notes as soon as you open the bottle.  The warm finish is long lasting and reminds you of having french toast for breakfast.  It is on the sweet side in a good way which makes for a fine sipping whiskey and I would put it in the dessert whiskey category.  Heritage has a few drink recipes and other suggestions on their website.  Spiked BSB Whipped Cream anyone? 

I paid $19.99 for a 750ml bottle and the BSB Brown Sugar Bourbon from Heritage is DEFINITELY worthy of a repeat buy, I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's reasonably priced and quite tasty.  Find a place for it in your liquor cabinet.

5 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

My neighborhood liquor store has been offering this in the sample size to see if it's popular enough to put on the shelves, and it's been selling like hotcakes!  TIP:  Taking advantage of those sample size offerings is a fantastic way to find out if you like a particular liquor enough to buy a full size bottle.  Samples typically cost between $1 and $3.  If you find you don't like something in the sample size, there's no full size bottle buyer's remorse.


Dinner planning made easy with WineShop At Home

By Mike Thayer

Wine Shop at HomeFood is my passion and sharing it is my pleasure.  It’s no secret that cooking and grilling are a very big part of my leisure time life, that I thoroughly enjoy slicing, dicing, flipping and ultimately, seeing the smiles on peoples’ faces when they take a bite of what I’ve created.

Partnering with that passion is a new experience, WineShop At Home.  It couldn’t be a better fit.  C’mon, we’re talking food pairings and wine!  What's not to like, right?.....  And what WineShop At Home provides is an awesome wine delivery plan.  You pick out the kinds of wine you like from the comfort of your home and everything gets delivered direct to your door.  Included with those shipments are food pairing suggestions along with some fantastic recipes!  Seriously, what WineShop At Home has made it so very easy for you to do, is sip and cook!  You don’t have to be a wine expert, a grill master or a 5 star restaurant chef to put together some truly great food and wine combinations!

Wines are perfectly paired by WineShop At Home with cheese, meat, dessert and entrée suggestions – it’s all there for you in every carefully packed and shipped delivery box from the Napa Valley.  Think about that.  How many times have you tried to put a meal together for a date or a casual dinner party and you weren’t quite sure what wine to have with the meal, or when it came to serving dessert thinking, "Does the same wine served with the main dish work with the sweetness of the dessert?"  And then there's, "Do I serve a red or a white wine with this?"

WineShop At Home makes it all extremely easy for you with beautiful and colorful food paring suggestions and recipe cards.  They include pro tips like chill the wine or don’t chill, what appetizers are good with a particular wine and of course, the entrée all laid out in easy to follow recipe directions.  And bonus – the recipe cards are keepers!  Save the cards because you’ll be making these dishes again, they’re THAT good!  Meal planning couldn’t be easier, just grab a few items from your pantry or pick up a few items from the grocery store and viola! A great meal complimented by great wine!

Like I said, you don’t have to be a grill master, a 5 star restaurant chef or a wine aficionado to appreciate what you get shipped so conveniently and direct to your door.  WineShop At Home is so informative with what they deliver, all you have to do is read a bit to create a truly great wine & dine experience!  Incredible wine and meal options are at your fingertips in every box!

WineShop At Home delivers Happiness in Every Sip.  I borrowed that line from the WineShop at Home, website, it's a true statement.  

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!


Wine Review: Royal Mama Mimi's Blend

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 last shipment was an excellent white, here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Royal Mama Mimi's BlendOur new Royal Mama Mimi’s Blend is a sweet mix of three different white wine varietals: 44% Chardonnay, 31% French Colombard and 25% Chenin Blanc.  The nose is very aromatic and straightforward, presenting notes of citrus, like lime, lemon and grapefruit. Then, we have warm flavors of toasted brown sugar or caramel. In the mouth, this sweet white blend from California combines all three varietal’s strengths and abilities. Like a mother’s caress, the approach is very smooth with fruit aromas like grapefruit, orange and lemon. A juicy mouthfeel, a hint of acidity, a medium-intensity and a fairly long finish conclude our new Royal Mama Mimi’s Blend.

I have enjoyed all the wines I've sampled so far from WineShop, but this one is my clear favorite.   Having poured a couple glasses for a shrimp dinner Sunday night, my girlfriend and I both took a sip and we were like, "Oh wow, that's good!"  I like this wine because it doesn't come off as sweet, it is indeed very smooth and I'll be including not just one, but a couple more bottles of Royal Mama Mimi's Blend in my next monthly wine club shipment.

Suggested pairings include creamy pasta, Chinese dishes, crab cakes, shrimp or light desserts.  I made shrimp two ways for that aforementioned dinner, a classic lemon and garlic butter preparation, along with a smoked paprika, garlic and bacon preparation.  This wine was a perfect compliment to both dishes. 

The Royal Mama Mimi's Blend is a MUST TRY and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  If I could give it 6 stars I would - it's that good! 

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!