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Dec 31

It never hurts to ask

Smalldisplay1Santa brought us a 12-bottle wine refrigerator (for our whites) for
Christmas. We were stumped as to where to put it, due to its 12-bottle size. We were at our local Party Town on Saturday, talking to our favorite wine geek, JP, when I mentioned how much I liked the design of the Toasted Head display case they had. It had the 16-bottle ‘fridge up top, and a large wine rack on the bottom. Kevin and I were discussing how we might build one when JP offered it to us, fridge and all, for quite a great price. Yep, we bought the display case.

Once we got it home, we easily slipped out the wine rack from the bottom (which is still usable on its own and pictured to the left) and slipped in our 12-bottle wine refrigerator. Of course, the casing says Toasted Head on the front of the ‘fridge and down the side of the wood, but I really can’t complain.

It just goes to show, it never hurts to ask. 

In this last photo, our bar area is displayed. The 40 btl refrigerator is to the far left, and the new display and double refrigerators is to the far right.



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Dec 30

A renewed Bitch and a BonBon

So sorry for the lack of posting – again. We’ve been sidetracked by goodies such as the Wii, the Nabaztag, as well as the holidays and other non-wine-related things. However, we were at a wine tasting a couple of weeks ago, where the wholesaler of "Bitch" convinced me to try the 2005 vintage.

If you recall, I wasn’t overly thrilled with the last vintage I had (2004). I shared this information with the wholesaler who promised to refund my money if I didn’t like the 2005.
First off, a lot of people have told me that 2005 is just a good vintage across the board. So it stands to reason that even the chick wines that I so dislike are going to improve.
The wine wholesaler was right though. This Bitch vintage (how strange it is to type that phrase) is much better. It’s heavy on cherries, a little bit of smoke and some oak. It’s much more palatable than the last vintage. It’s a wine I might even give to my girlfriends for a girl’s night out. And that’s the point, isn’t it?

Our rating:

BonbonsmallHowever, there’s another chick wine I’d much prefer to give to my girlfriends, and that’s BonBon. It’s a rose, with a playful, flowery label, and I really enjoyed it. I need to note here that while Kevin appreciated the improvement in the Bitch, he was not overly thrilled with BonBon. I suppose you have to be in the mood. I killed off a large part of bottle while hosting 12 relatives for a holiday dinner. It was incredibly appropriate. BonBon tastes like candy. I don’t know how else to put it. It’s flowery, fun, dark pink, definitely sweeter than a lot of roses. It fits nicely into its price of $9.99. I’d buy it again for a girls night or a night when Kevin isn’t up for a glass of wine (opting instead for gourmet beer).

My rating:

So maybe chick wines aren’t all bad. I stand corrected.

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