Sometimes enough can’t be said for the small pleasures in life – Eating outside in beautiful weather, with tasty food, refreshing drinks, and a handsome dining companion.
Do you like my “America, F-Yeah!” picture up top? Hee hee, Albany John was teasing me about it, and then I couldn’t get enough light on the bottle.
I snagged this bottle of Glenora bubbly at Empire Wine over in the Target Plaza on Central Ave (just before Wolf Road). They had a tasting of Glenora wines going on yesterday, and man it was a delight! I started off with the champagne style above, then moved on to a crisp but completely non-tart white wine, then a riesling that I thought was more peachy than anything else and reminded me of my super-boozy peach cocktails, and finally a raspberry peach drink that tasted more like iced tea than anything else.
Oh MY GOSH, this was hands down the best wine tasting I have ever done! Everything was sweet, light, and not the least bit astringently tart!
I was also looking for a little bubbly to celebrate with since I got some pretty awesome news recently! Nothing earth shattering, but something that made me smile. What better way to show happiness than with champagne? (I know it’s not really *real* champagne, but cut me some slack here, ‘kay?) This bottle was a brut, so it leaned more on the dry side. I thought it went perfectly with the weather last night – cool, not terribly crisp, and refreshing. It was kind of like the wine also had a few breezes in it, if that makes any sense. I was surprised I liked it so much, since I normally love spumantes (really sweet champagnes).
We made fettuccini with marinara and mozzarella cheese for dinner. A pasta bake, if you will. We made the marinara earlier in the week, and I splurged and bought a block of Polly-O mozzarella cheese. After making the noodles, Albany John plopped them all together and stuck it in the oven for a while. I think it could have cooked a little longer to get the top layer of cheese browned and more melted, but Albany John was all “What? It melted. That’s what it does. It melts and then you eat it.”
Dinner on the porch with my husbear, what a great night.