This Week In Review: October 2 - 8, 2016

This Week In Wine Review: October 2 – 8, 2016

This Week In Wine: 8 grape varietals that we believe you should know, we review a Grape Certified Gold, cheap white wine that will surprise, Cloud Break Sauvignon Blanc, we look back at one of our favorite salad recipes, Seared Ahi Tuna And Strawberry Salad, and we kick off the fall with a soup and wine recipe pairing, Creamy Roasted Tomato Garlic Soup and Wine.

Welcome to this week’s edition of This Week in Wine — your one-stop serving of this week’s best wine related posts, including wine tips (aka Grape Tips), wine recommendations and food and wine recipe pairings, pulled from our weekly editions of This Week In Wine. Bookmark this page to peruse while you cheerfully and (very) warmly welcome a cool fall — and start your weekend off on the right foot. Here’s to another delicious week!

Wine 101

Grape Tips: Eight wine grapes you should know - THEGRAPE

This Week In Wine 101: 8 Grape Varietals You Should Know

Every so often while shopping for a bottle of wine, whether online, at a local wine shop, or at a liquor or grocery store, we come across wine grape varietals we’ve not heard of or experienced. While this may peak your curiosities, it may raise some questions like: Where do these wines/grapes come from? What flavors can I expect to taste? What are and where can I find the best bargains for these wines? Well, this week we’d like to share 8 wine grape varietals that you may encounter that we believe you should know: Tempranillo, Malbec, Muscat/Moscato, Sangiovese, Chablis, Garnacha/Grenache, Port and Sherry. So where do these varietals come from? Let’ start with Tempranillo.

Wine Wednesday

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This Week In Wine: Cloudbreak Sauvignon Blanc ($10)

Cloud Break wines are gaining a strong following thanks to their elegance, finesse and value. And the Cloudbreak Sauvignon Blanc, no matter the vintage, has proven year after year to be a winner. Having stumbled on it at a weekend wine tasting, it quickly became a favorite of ours and was even used as a conversion wine for friends who aren’t or weren’t fans of white wine. This cheap wine, which comes in under $10 per bottle, will surprise you despite it’s price. It’s best served chilled and paired with foods that will accentuate its flavors, which include kiwi fruit, casaba melon, peach and a light citrus finish.

Throwback Thursday

Seared Ahi Tuna and Strawberry Salad - THEGRAPE

This Week In Food & Wine: Seared Ahi Tuna And Strawberry Salad Recipe

Happy Saturday friends! We made it to another weekend. We’re as excited as you because the weekend brings good wine, good food and good friends! Today we’d like to share our homemade take on a delicious Seared Ahi Tuna & Strawberry salad we enjoyed not too long ago. And what really makes this dish awesome is that it’s not only tasty but it’s healthy and filling. For most people salads aren’t sexy; this is not one of those salads. Once you plate then taste it, you’ll be excited to share it with your friends and family.

Food & Wine Friday

Creamy Roasted Tomato Garlic Soup - THE GRAPE

This Week In Food & Wine: Creamy Roasted Tomato Garlic Soup and Wine

The fall and winter months are synonymous with the holidays, cool weather, lit fireplaces, hot tea or cocoa, and heart-warming soup. Because of this we’d like to share a recipe that was shared with us by Chanelle Anderson. It’s a delicious Creamy Roasted Tomato & Garlic soup w/ fresh Basil. With a prep & cook time of 60 minutes, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a glass of wine (or two) while your soup cooks. So what do you pair with a creamy, tomato soup that has a little kick to it? With a number of flavors to navigate consider a Sauvignon Blanc whose acidity and fruitiness will balance the flavors of the tomato soup. Younger reds will work well for those who prefer red wines. Try Merlot, which is always a safe bet. If you’re adventurous, try a Chenin Blanc, a sweeter, more acidic white wine.

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This has been another great week of Wine 101, aka  Grape Tips, Wine Wednesday recommendations and Food & Wine Recipes! We hope you enjoyed this episode of This Week In Wine. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy this weeks grape tip but we’re excited for you to try this week food and wine suggestions. If you enjoyed this post please don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of This Week In Wine. Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below and at Cheers!

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