Wine Review – Underwood Pinot Noir

When you live in Texas in the summer, there is one main survival tactic:

The swimming pool.

The #1 rule at our pool is NO GLASS.

I’m not a beer person. I usually pour wine into a tervis of some kind to enjoy without the worry of spills.

Until the invention of WINE in a CAN.



The real kicker? It’s GREAT!

So far my preference is the pinot noir. It’s very very strawberry forward and easy to drink, chilled, in the sun. I am going to be on the hunt for the Rose′.

I was able to get the cans easily at Total Wine or Trader Joe’s and today found the bottle at H-E-B for $12.99.


The pinot gris is really good for super hot days, but a little heavy on the grapefruit for me. Sauvignon lovers should like it a lot.

Stock up! Enjoy!



Monday Night Dinner – Wine Review

Our Monday was something else.

It was actually going quite well.

Put a chicken in the sink to thaw.

Get the kids to school.

Work stuff.

Pick kids up from school .

Then enter the MONDAY part of Monday..

Go back to the school that exists basically INSIDE the GALLERIA OF HOUSTON and retrieve left behind lovey.

This takes an hour.

Trade many phone calls with husband on dinner – deciding to let the chicken be a mulligan and order in . Chinese? Zoe’s?

Get phone call after I am home from hubby still undecided on dinner. You know what? This chicken is in the sink. I got this. COME HOME YOUR KIDS ARE WILD (in my voice, he understood it).

You see – I keep one of these in my freezer most of the time:


It cooks in an hour.

It tastes like I made a fuss.

Paired with green beans and some rice pilaf (yes, from a box) and dinner is served and amazing.

The thing that undid the mondays of Monday was our amazing Houston weather. We opened our patio doors, played some Van Morrison, and drank wine while the kids chalk colored the entire patio.

We drank this – Rock AngelIMG_5284.jpg

Any Rose lover, as myself, has more than likely had Whispering Angel. I like it, but I often feel as though I am drinking pink water.

Enter Rock Angel. It’s like Whispering Angels’ older sister wearing eye liner and taking up the phone line all day with her friends.

Oops. Aged myself there.

This was made for almost summer days on the patio with wild kids covered in chalk. It was made for dancing in the kitchen while dinner is in the oven.

I highly recommend you grab this one. It’s clean. Crisp. Citrus forward.

NOT pink water. Definitely edges out the little sister.

Go forth. Stock your freezer with chicken and your fridge with this rose. Have Alexa play Van Morrison and enjoy a little sunshine.

What else are you going to do on a Monday?



Wine Review – Kistler Dutton Ranch

Last May Lee and I made our first trip to wine country. While we figured we would join a few wine clubs, we did the novice thing and got drunk tipsy and joined every winery we stopped at, more or less.

This included Kistler.

Taken with my iphone with a glass of wine in my hand… 

BEAUTIFUL property, first of all. Even if the wine had been so-so the visit would have been worth it for this view.

Trust me – the wine is magnificent.

Until this visit I was giving up on Chardonnay. I find that the $20-$30 bottle I grab at the store tastes quite “manufactured.” Artificial. And then I end up with a headache the next day because of whatever was done to the wine to make it “taste oaky.”

Bring in Kistler and their bright wonderful Chardonnay.

Dutton Ranch – One of many varietals

Acidic, citrus, honey, and even a little toast on the end. Just amazing.


Impromptu Date Night

When you have children, Date Night is usually something planned in advance, at least a week, with much thought to when and where.

Friday my husband emailed me that one of the wine clubs we belong to, Gary Farrell, was hosting a wine dinner Tuesday night of the next week. A weeknight date is very unheard of for us so I was really excited to have this planned.

The location was at Max’s Wine Dive where we were sat at a long table, a bit squeezed in. Upon arriving Lee told me another couple was joining us which made this date night even more unique! This couple was with us at our tour of the winery last May as well.

The menu looked quite fun for sure:


Of the evening, I would say we all enjoyed the 4th course wine the most and even ordered a bottle to split before we left.


One of the things that made this experience special was that not only the winery manager was there (and sat with us several times to chat) but also the wine maker! The wine maker is the one who is tasting all the vintages to decide what get’s single vineyard (like the above) or what barrels will work best in a blend. Then she sits and figures out what % of each barrel finally works for the perfect bottle of wine. Wouldn’t that be a cool experience?

This was a great impromptu evening that I enjoyed very much.

Even though it was very hard to get up the next morning…


Wine Review – La Vielle Ferme

An ongoing tradition in our home is Sunday Night Dinner. Over the years, we have had mostly the same faces each Sunday evening, with and addition here or there. Most Sundays it is my sister-in-law, Kelly. Sometimes we add my best friend Donald and his husband, Jamie to the table.

One thing remains the same each and every Sunday:


Lately I have been really interested in learning about Rose′. I believe the day came when I was at a dinner party and they were serving Miraval.


When I asked what this was, every woman there looked at me like I was nuts. I also just found out while googling a photo it’s owned by the former Jolie-Pitts.

I don’t get out much.

Since that day, I have been studying up onRose′. With Spring arriving in Houston, every store has a huge display of Rose′ wines from all over the world. I took my chance to dive in.

Finally arriving at my point, I was shocked to see this little gem on the very very bottom shelf at Central Market: La Vieille Ferme

Hello, Sunday Night!

I want to make two very important points here:

1 – This was lush.

2 – This cost me $7.99. Yes. Really.

Bright, light, highly drinkable in the way that it has a super simple bouquet. Citrus. Strawberry somewhere hiding in the end. Not what I expect when something is hiding pretty much on the floor. And it’s screw top.

This one will be something I buy by the case and keep at the ready. (I do hope my husband reads this.)

Side Note: I have been told to grab any and all wines by this maker when you see them. The site shows they offer a Rouge and a Ferme Blanc.

Let me know if you pick this up and enjoy it (or not).


P.s. I wasn’t paid to review this wine. I just love wine and want to share my findings with you!