Steveisms

Steve is a funny guy. Not always on purpose. He quotes a lot of his favorite lines from T.V. shows, which is usually only funny to me & him, and misquotes/mixes up metaphors like Ricky Ricardo.

Steve: “We have to get all our ducks on the same page”

Steve: “Don’t burn your bridges at both ends”

Steve: “We could stand here and talk until the cows turn blue”

Ricky: Lucy, you remember the old saying “Birds of a feather smell the same”? Lucy: You mean, “A rose by any other name flocks together.”

Hard to tell Steve from Ricky, am I right?

Here’s some good Ricky Ricardo clips

I had to start jottin’ down some of his wisdom it was so good. No, really I have a file in my phone labeled ‘Steveisms’. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I wanted to. Here are some of my favorites:

There’s nothing quite like watching the sunrise from a golf cart. Pain in the ass hitting into it cause you can’t see your ball, but it’s beautiful. You’re in for a real treat.

Remind me to never order a tuna sandwich in an airport. The best tuna sandwich I’ve had was at the Manteca Golf Course. Albacore, sweet pickles, soft bread and the perfect amount of mayo.

You know it’s all this working that’s keeping me from the Senior Tour.

I like Funyuns in my salad. They’re better than croutons plus you can easily loop them on your fork.

No coincidence that all his wisdom is inspired by either food or golf. His favorite things. If you ever eat or golf with Steve, I would like to encourage you to be on the alert for Steveisms. You can share them with me for the future entertainment of us all. If you have not yet met him, stop by the wine department & say hello 🙂

In honor of Steve’s love for food – Shabby Chic food and wine pairings:

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~ Six Degrees Rose’ ~ Washington Hills Riesling ~

~ Cathedral Creek Chardonnay ~ Tractor Guy Pinot Noir ~ Caminetto Primitivo ~

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2013 Six Degrees Rose’ Wine Napa $4.99

Elsewhere price $12.99

Our ‘shabby’ food pairing for this ‘Chic’ Award Winning Rose’ was imitation crab with butter. Larry found it pleasant, he said it was like a summer wine-ade. Like lemonade but from grapes instead of lemons. Terry called it Hip & Trendy, she thought it tasted like a Sangria but fruity. Bob found it refreshing and Arvin agreed. Misty said it was light and refreshing, it’ll cool you off 6 degrees during the summer ;-P

Awards & Accolades:

87 POINTS | BEST BUY BTI Tastings.com World Wine Championships, November 2014 WINE OF THE WEEK Dan Berger, Napa Valley Register, July 4, 2014 DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL Jerry D. Mead’s New World International Wine Competition 2014 BEST OF CLASS | GOLD MEDAL Orange County Fair Wine Competition 2014 GOLD MEDAL San Diego International Wine Competition 2014

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2011 Washington Hills Riesling $5.99

Elsewhere price $10.99

I knew this sweet Riesling would call for a spicy food pairing. We went with some spicy chili lime chips. Bob found it very sweet, but said the spice really counteracts the sweetness. Terry and I both agreed. Arvin called it fruity and Larry tasted pear juice.

 

Winemaker’s Notes: A fragrant, pretty nose filled with floral, nectarine and clover honey notes. A sweet, tantalizing palate of navel oranges and peaches lead to lingering rich fruit and sweetness on the finish

 

90 Points from Wine Enthusiast – “With 7% residual sugar and 11% alcohol, this is a Riesling to enjoy with spicy noodle dishes. Sweetness notwithstanding, it’s a substantial wine with grip and definition. Melon and peach flavors roll smoothly into notes of caramel and honey. This is rich and delicious. Best Buy.”

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2012 Cathedral Creek Chardonnay California $3.99

Elsewhere price $17.99

Popcorn and Chardonnay! Who knew? Terry called this California Chardonnay nice and smooth. Arvin said it was great with popcorn and we all agreed!

I could not find any info on this wine on-line at all, so here’s some Popcorn & Chardonnay pairing info instead:

The Pairing: Years ago Andrea Immer, wine diva, was munching on a typical student’s lunch of microwave popcorn when her mentor gave her a glass of Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay. “In that one sip, I got it: buttery Chardonnay (at last I knew what “buttery” wine meant!)”

The Popcorn: Choose your favorite popcorn – if the corn is buttery, the chardonnay’s butteriness will shine through; unbuttered popcorn will bring out the wine’s toasty flavors.  Side note: toasty sparkling wine/Champagne works similarly flavor-wise, but adds another dimension – bubbly texture – ooh!

The Wine: Select a bold, New World-style (fruit forward) chardonnay that has been stored in oak barrels – chardonnays from Washington, California and Australia are good bets. Lindemans Bin 65, the wine used in this experiment, is a vivid Australian Chardonnay with creamy, tropical fruit and a long, soft oak finish for around seven bucks. Throw in a two-dollar DVD rental and a “special friend.”  Now that’s cheap and easy… the pairing – not your date.

source – http://convivial.org/popcorn-chardonnay/

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2010 Tractor Guy Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast $6.99

Elsewhere price $19.99

Soft Brie and berry jam paired nicely with the Tractor Guy Pinot. Connie said the aroma was great, but she was picturing a shirtless farmer. Arvin agreed, just with the nice bouquet part. Bob announced that he liked this wine. Terry and Misty agreed. Connie thought it pair well with lighter summer meals like fish and chicken. Misty decided this is her favorite.

4.0 out of 5.0 Stars from Vivino on-line reviewer R.Hobart: Very nice aromas black currant red cherry notes slight Burgundian smoky mid palate smooth lush cherry cola finish. Air this wine 60 minutes it becomes outstanding. Bought mine at grocery outlet!!!!!!!! Great price…………investigate it For yourself !!!!!!

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2013 Caminetto Primitivo Salento Italy $7.99

Elsewhere price $17.99

Of course we paired this Italian wine with Pizza 🙂 We let it breath for about an hour before we tried it. Arvin identified this red as a wine you can enjoy just smelling it. Connie found it full-bodied and called it ‘Top of the Mark’. She thought it would pair well with steak and pork. Bob said it was bold and had a pleasant finish. Even Chardonnay Larry liked it. This was definitely my favorite.

89 Points from CellarTracker: Faint nose of cherries, plums, and spices. Gains traction in the glass, showing an affable sweetness and a humble complexity. Flaunts lots of red and black berry fruit, a tasty middle spice, and a pleasing finish. This is really good. Give it air.

3.5 Stars from Vivino.com: Arguably more well known by its alter-ego Zinfandel, Primitivo is a huge, ripe Italian grape which is the pride of the Apulia region in the south of Italy. Primitivo is a delightfully brash wine that’s very dark, very juicy and very high in alcohol

TASTING NOTES offers lush aromas of currants, licorice, pepper and spices with a medium body, soft tannins and firm structure.

PAIRS WITH pairs perfectly with sharp cheeses and spicy salami. Also with pancetta, tomato sauce or roasted meat.

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That’s why we can’t have nice things, Happy Mother’s Day!

So, it turns out that we just can’t have nice things. I plant a nice flower bed but it doesn’t stay nice. It needs attention. Someone to water it and weed it. I fix things and more things need fixin. I decorate the house, everything in its place, then people move stuff or disturb the dust revealing the required maintenance. It used to be easier. When my kids were little, they did all the household chores. Now they’re grown and I might have to hire a guy; clearly I didn’t have enough kids.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy they all grew up and everything. But come on! I didn’t realize the free household labor I had until it was gone. I love who they are as adults, biting sarcasm and all. It doesn’t matter how other people may see them, they’re happy and so am I.

Here’s a random eighties reference (with a twist), see if you recognize it:

Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did WAS wrong, but we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us… In the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is

… a DIYer…

…and a wannabe golfer…

…and a hippie…

…and a hipster…

…and a gamer…

Does that answer your question?

Sincerely yours, the Tarr Pitt.

 

It might’ve been nice if they grew up to be a pool man, a maid and a gardener. Just sayin.

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2015 Mother’s Day Family Portrait

Let’s Celebrate Motherhood with some Wine!

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 three whites

Savida Sangria ~ Taproot Chardonnay ~ Bushranger Chardonnay

three reds

Benessere Sangiovese ~ William Hardy Shiraz ~ Taproot Cabernet Sauvignon

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Savida White Tangerine Peach Sangria California $3.99

Elsewhere price $11.99

I thought we’d try something different to start this week off, Summery Sangria. Terry noticed an apricot aroma in the bouquet. She found this wine blend pleasant, but sweet. Scott thought the sweetness paired well with the two spicy cheeses we had, Spicy Gouda and Salsa Jack. Joe R called it a desert wine, 50% fruity and 50% sweet. Steve thought it was an enjoyable summer wine. I think this is a good starter wine. You know, when you’re trying to ease someone into the wine experience. Serve very cold.

From the winemaker: California varietal wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Grigio give a crisp base and are blended with real Tangerine, Peach, Lemon and Lime. No sugar added and real fruit gives complex flavor and clean balanced sweetness.

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2010 Bushranger Chardonnay Australia $3.99

Elsewhere price $17.99

Larry liked this Aussie Chardonnay right away, he noticed an oak aroma. Scott agreed, he said he likes the bush, it’s got a little tang to it! SMH, I wasn’t gonna use that comment but it was true. I noticed a citrusy tang. This Cellartracker reviewer agreed: Fresh straw yellow. Lemon tang, a bit of wet stone, and warm caramel nose. Medium to full bodied, somewhat viscous, grapefruit, slightly bitter almonds, and a fairly long slightly sour finish. Kind of austere with just a touch of oak

86 points from Cellartracker.com

 

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taproot chardonnay

2012 Taproot Chardonnay Central Coast $3.99

Elsewhere price $7.99

Arvin commented that this California Chardonnay was spicy, good spicy. Connie said it’s good, kinda tart like a green apple. Terry agreed, she liked the clean finish on this one.

WORLD WINE CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARD: Gold Medal

91 points from Tastings.com: Aromas of lemon yogurt and pineapple tart with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, pineapple-mango vanilla custard finish. An unassuming, yet very pleasant and precisely made chardonnay

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taproot cabernet sauvignon

2011 Taproot Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast $4.99

Elsewhere price $7.99

Becky started us off, she said this Cab had a nice aroma. She liked it, saying it’s almost peppery – but maybe bell peppery. Terry like the boldness and Ethan said, ‘put me down for a case’. I thought it was very smooth. Arvin tried to hoard this Cab at his end of the Front Porch.

Longbeach Grand Cru 2013 BEST IN CLASS

Tasting notes from the winemaker: Deep ruby in color, our Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of ripe, dark fruits and warm, toasty oak.

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william hardy shiraz

2012 William Hardy Shiraz Australia $3.99

Elsewhere price $14.99

Scott commented on the dark color, he liked the spicy-sharp finish. Terry tasted red berries and liked how it paired with the dark chocolate. Becky tasted tobacco and vanilla oak.

90 points from Wine.com

Winemaker’s Notes: This full bodied Shiraz has intense dark fruit flavors balanced with spicy oak, smooth tannins and a long silky finish. The perfect accompaniment to lamb shanks and roast meats.

87 points from Cellartracker.com: Attractive aromas of dark berry fruit and cocoa, then rich sweet dark berries leading to a spicy note and smooth good finish.

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2009 Benessere Sangiovese Napa $6.99

Elsewhere price $29.99

Terry called this Napa Sangiovese smooooooth, she liked the berries at the end. Joe R said it bites you back. Larry thought it was mild and he tasted currant, he commented on the beautiful legs. Steve said, “I like it! Write that down.” Let this one breath.

87.6 points from Cellartracker.com

90 points from Cellartracker reviewer: Thought this was quite good and a great QPR. Cherries on the nose and palate. Medium body with medium tannins and finish. Drinking very well. A nice “Italian” from California. Only one more bottle remaining; wish I purchased more